Summary: A symmetrical, well-shaped nose can bring harmony to your face and may even help you breathe easier. Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, focuses both on reshaping the external portion of your nose for a more balanced look and correcting the internal structure, if needed, to alleviate snoring and breathing problems.

Careful planning and preparation can help ensure that you end up with a nose meets your vision, complements your facial structure and corrects an obstructed airway.

1. Decide If You’re a Good Candidate

The best candidates are older teens who have stopped growing and adults who are bothered by the appearance of their nose or suffering from breathing issue caused by abnormal development or an injury. On the cosmetic side, rhinoplasty can improve symmetry and balance by fixing a too small or too large nose, change the position of the nostrils, reshape the tip of the nose and smooth bumps or dips in the bridge.

Dr. Meade can also correct problems with the internal structure, such as a deviated septum, during rhinoplasty.

2. Find the Right Plastic Surgeon for You

Rhinoplasty is a very delicate surgery that involves working with millimeters in a small, possibly enclosed space. A board-certified plastic surgeon with experience and expertise in performing nose jobs, good communication skills and a demeanor that makes you feel comfortable can help you achieve your dream look.

The best results from rhinoplasty happen when you carefully plan and personalize your procedure with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.

3. Understand Your Surgical Options

Rhinoplasty is performed two different ways: open and closed. Open rhinoplasty uses a small incision, often less than a quarter of an inch, at the base of the nose. The incision should fade to an imperceptible scar. Closed rhinoplasty means that all of the incisions are inside the nose and completely hidden. Dr. Meade may talk with you about which procedure may be best for you and discuss any concerns you may have about either one.

4. Personalize Your Rhinoplasty

A nose job isn’t the same from person to person. Like other plastic surgeon procedures, rhinoplasty is custom procedure designed with each individual in mind and may differ between men and women. Every nose surgery may vary depending on that person’s unique structure and concerns.

Because rhinoplasty is so personal, it’s important to talk with Dr. Meade about any trouble you may be experiencing and every worry that you have about the appearance of your nose. If you have other concerns about how your face looks, bring those up too. A nose job can be combined with eyelid surgery or a facelift for more comprehensive results that highlight your new nose.

5. Schedule Your Nose Job

The winter months are a popular time to have rhinoplasty because cooler weather may make your recovery easier. You may experience less swelling than being out in hot summer temps and you spend less time outside in the sun, which can improve the appearance of your scar.

6. Plan for a Stress-Free Recovery

Before you have rhinoplasty, be sure you have prepared for your recovery too. Make arrangements to take time off work, have someone available to help with housework and child care, have extra pillows to keep your head elevated and stock up on ice packs to ease swelling.

7. Be Patient with Your Results

You should able to see a difference in your nose a week after having rhinoplasty but your final results may not be visible until about a year later when the swelling completely subsides.