Rhinoplasty Philadelphia, PA
If you have been unhappy with your nose for years or have suffered nasal trauma in the past, then rhinoplasty may be a fantastic option for you. Dr. Kirk Lozada is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in nose jobs. If you live in Philadelphia, PA, contact us to schedule a consultation.
Breathe Easy and Boost Your Confidence with Rhinoplasty Benefits
Embrace the transformative power of rhinoplasty to bring your physical appearance and self-confidence into harmonious alignment. This surgical procedure not only reshapes your nose to enhance your aesthetic appeal but also improves its function so that every breath is effortless and each glance in the mirror satisfying.
Rhinoplasty corrects structural issues in your nose, ensuring a smoother airflow and easier breathing. It’s more than cosmetic, as it can enhance your quality of life.
Your nose sits center stage on your face. Rhinoplasty provides an opportunity to sculpt it into the perfect shape, thus harmonizing your facial features.
Living with a nose you love enhances your self-confidence, empowering you to stride into every room, meeting, or date with your head held high.
Before and After Rhinoplasty Photos
* All patients are unique and individual results may vary.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty (or a “nose job”) is surgery for people who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lozada has the skills and experience necessary to achieve optimal results. The nose, a central structure that sits between the upper and lower parts of the face, should create facial harmony and not draw attention away from your other attractive features. Rhinoplasty, as a common facial plastic surgery procedure, can enhance both the aesthetics and function of your nose.
A nose that is not balanced with the face pulls attention away from the person’s other attractive features. Rhinoplasty can improve both the form and function of the nose. Common reasons for rhinoplasty include:
- Removing a bump
- Refining a bulbous tip
- Changing the size of the nose
- Improving breathing
- Straightening a crooked nose
- Narrowing wide nostrils
Why Choose Rhinoplasty?
Some of our patients have been unhappy with their facial appearance or their nose for years, while others may have suffered nasal trauma in the past. Perhaps you have had a prior rhinoplasty and are not completely satisfied with the results, or you require a rhinoplasty for a deviated septum.
In some cases, additional surgery may be necessary to address these concerns, and rhinoplasty is a fantastic option for such problems. Although we do offer non-surgical options, nothing equals the changes that can be achieved with nasal surgery. For example, studies have shown that changes in nasal appearance can significantly boost patients’ self-confidence. Rhinoplasty, particularly when performed by a rhinoplasty specialist, can be a life-changing choice for the right patients!
Is Rhinoplasty a Suitable Option for Me?
Good candidates for a rhinoplasty are healthy, non-smokers who have specific concerns about their appearance or breathing. Common goals include reducing a bump, refining the tip, narrowing the nose, and changing the size of the overall nose.
Those with realistic surgical goals are ideal for this procedure. If you have had previous rhinoplasty and are dissatisfied with the results, then you may also be a good candidate for revision surgery.
The Rhinoplasty Consultation
Your rhinoplasty consultation will begin with a discussion about your goals for surgery. Dr. Lozada will take the time to understand your concerns and will then examine your nose and discuss his findings with you. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your healing process and answer any questions you may have.
Next, state-of-the-art 3D photographs will be taken of your nose with the Vectra imaging system. These will be analyzed with advanced real-time morphing software during your consultation to show you the results of the proposed changes.
Moreover, Dr. Lozada will show you before and after photographs of previous patients to illustrate the actual results of surgery. He has extensive training in multiple rhinoplasty techniques and specializes in both endonasal “scarless” as well as open rhinoplasty, allowing him to tailor his approach for each person. Finally, Dr. Lozada will develop a personalized surgical plan for you. Questions are encouraged throughout the entire consultation process, as Dr. Lozada loves engaged patients!
Preparing for Rhinoplasty Surgery
Prior to your surgery, you will come to the office for a pre-op visit with Dr. Lozada. He will review your personalized surgical plan and answer all your questions. You will also be given detailed pre-op and post-op instructions, including care and activity restrictions.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty is typically performed while the patient is under general anesthesia and oftentimes is conducted as an outpatient procedure. Lozada has extensive training in multiple different rhinoplasty techniques and tailors his approach to each patient’s case. He specializes in both endonasal “scarless” as well as open rhinoplasty.
During the procedure, the cartilage and bony structures of the nose are accessed via specialized incisions. The bone can be shaped with special tools and the cartilage may be removed, re-shaped, or augmented. Specific cases may require additional cartilage from either the septum or ear.
At the conclusion, a splint is placed on the nose which is left in place for approximately 4-5 days. Dr. Lozada does not routinely place packing inside the nose after rhinoplasty surgery. Minimal swelling is expected due to the precise techniques utilized.
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Recovering from Rhinoplasty Surgery
The recovery time from rhinoplasty is highly variable and depends on the type of procedure performed. The healing time also differs. For example, recovering from bulbous nose rhinoplasty may take longer than from other types of rhinoplasty. Swelling and bruising are expected, although these will mainly subside within 2 weeks. You may experience some discomfort after the procedure, but strong pain medication is not usually required.
Nasal saline sprays are encouraged to keep the nasal passages open. Any bruising around the eyes is easily concealed with makeup during the first week after surgery. Your cast and sutures will be removed around 4 or 5 days after surgery. You should take it easy for the first week and can return to work in the second week.
You should not perform any exercises or heavy lifting for 2 weeks after surgery. Most of the swelling will have gone by 2–3 weeks, and it will gradually continue to subside for weeks after. Your nose will continue to heal for months after your rhinoplasty procedure, so the final results will not be visible until a year later. Visible scarring is typically minimal, and any visible scars that do remain are often subtle and fade over time.
What is Scarless Rhinoplasty?
Scarless rhinoplasty changes the appearance and function of the nose with incisions placed entirely within the nose that leave no external scar. The nose is the central structure that sits between the upper and lower parts of the face. The nose should blend in with the rest of the face and not catch the eye. A nose that is not balanced with the face pulls attention away from a person’s other attractive features. Rhinoplasty can improve both the form and function of the nose.
Is Scarless Rhinoplasty Suitable for Me?
Good candidates for rhinoplasty are healthy, non-smokers who have specific concerns about their nasal appearance or breathing. Common goals for surgery include bringing down a bump, lifting and refining the tip, narrowing a wide nose, and changing the size of the overall nose. Those with realistic surgical goals are ideal for this procedure.
The Scarless Rhinoplasty Procedure
Dr. Lozada specializes in scarless rhinoplasty. Scarless rhinoplasty is a less invasive type of nose job carried out as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During the procedure, the cartilage and bony structures of the nose are accessed via specialized incisions. The bone can be shaped with special tools, and the cartilage may be removed, reshaped, or augmented. At the conclusion of the procedure, a splint is placed on the nose and left in place for approximately 4 or 5 days. Dr. Lozada does not routinely place packing inside the nose after rhinoplasty surgery.
Recovering from Scarless Rhinoplasty Surgery
Recovery from scarless rhinoplasty is variable, as it depends on the amount of work performed. Swelling and bruising are expected, although these will mainly subside within 2 weeks. Bruising and swelling heal faster with scarless rhinoplasty compared to the open approach. You may experience some discomfort after the procedure, but strong pain medication is not usually required. Nasal saline sprays are encouraged to keep the nasal passages open. Any bruising around the eyes is easily concealed with makeup during the first week after surgery. Your cast and sutures will be removed around 4 or 5 days after surgery. You should take it easy for the first week and can return to work in the second week. You should not perform any exercise or heavy lifting for 2 weeks after surgery. Most of the swelling will have subsided by 2–3 weeks, and the swelling will continue to subside for weeks afterward. The nose will continue to heal for months after rhinoplasty, so the final results will not be visible until a year later.
Why should you choose Dr. Lozada for your rhinoplasty?
Dr. Lozada is a rhinoplasty specialist with Penn Medicine and is fellowship trained in Facial Plastic Surgery from the University of Pennsylvania.
He trained in NYC with some of the most acclaimed facial plastic surgeons in the country and underwent intensive rhinoplasty training at Penn. Dr. Lozada has had extensive training and experience in cosmetic rhinoplasty. Moreover, he is one of the few surgeons in the Greater Philadelphia area with expertise in scarless rhinoplasty surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty
If you live near Philadelphia, PA, Lozada Facial Plastic Surgery offers Rhinoplasty among its services and is conveniently located at 1608 Walnut Street 9th Floor Suite 902B, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Endonasal or “closed rhinoplasty” is an advanced technique in which all the incisions are inside the nose, so that no external scarring is visible after surgery. These incisions give access to the bone and cartilage structures of the nose and allow your surgeon to achieve the desired result. Typically, you will have a better post-op experience with less bruising, swelling, or pain, allowing you to get back to daily life more quickly. Not everyone is a candidate for endonasal rhinoplasty, and Dr. Lozada will discuss this with you during your consultation.
In open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made at the base of the nose to allow direct access to the bone and cartilage. The incision is made in an area that is not noticeable. The scar heals beautifully and becomes invisible a few months after surgery. Open rhinoplasty is well suited for those who need a large amount of nasal tip work, extensive structural grafting, or revision rhinoplasty.
Cartilage grafts are commonly applied during rhinoplasty to achieve natural results. Grafting is not always required, and Dr. Lozada will discuss whether you will need grafts. Cartilage is most commonly harvested from the septum during septoplasty, and it can be carved into many different types of grafts.
In some cases, cartilage is taken from an ear or rib. These are specialized situations, which will be discussed with you during your consultation with Dr. Lozada. Grafts are designed not to be seen or felt after surgery and are used to help achieve the desired result.esired end result.
In septoplasty, a portion of the cartilage or bone that separates the nostrils is removed. It is not always performed, but for patients with breathing complaints, a septoplasty can greatly improve the function of the nose.
Multiple factors affect the results of rhinoplasty. Skin thickness, scars, prior surgery, age, smoking, and your medical history are all important and play a critical role. The most important thing is to be aware of the factors relevant for each person.
Although an osteotomy—aka breaking the nasal bone—is not always performed during rhinoplasty, doing so is common. It is done in a very minimally invasive and controlled fashion using specialized surgical instruments.
Dr. Lozada performs rhinoplasty on the right teenage clients. Typically, we advise that the child has finished their growth spurt, which is usually between 15 and 17 years of age.
The nose and chin are critical in providing balance for the overall face. In some cases, a chin implant alone provides aesthetic balance and makes the nose less noticeable. The results of chin augmentation can be demonstrated during your consultation with morphing software. For some people, combined rhinoplasty and chin implant surgery can give dramatic results in improving the overall appearance of their face.