Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery
1218 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30327
Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Your nose is one of your most prominent and unique facial features, so it's not surprising that being unhappy with your nose can affect how you feel about your overall appearance. At our Atlanta practice, rhinoplasty surgery can incorporate desired changes to your nose, while still preserving your overall look and facial aesthetics.
Dr. Theresa M. Jarmuz is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and has education and training specific to the anatomy and aesthetics of the nose. Dr. Jarmuz's surgical skills and artistic eye give her certain expertise in performing a rhinoplasty, ensuring that your surgery results are a success. To learn more about rhinoplasty at Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery, please contact us by email or phone at (404) 233-3937 to request a consultation.
Rhinoplasty is consistently popular thanks in part to its versatility. Using today's most advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Jarmuz can correct a variety of common complaints about the size and shape of the nose.
For your rhinoplasty (commonly called a "nose job"), Atlanta facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jarmuz performs either an "open" procedure or a "closed" procedure. During a closed procedure, Dr. Jarmuz makes incisions entirely inside the nose. In an open procedure, she makes a very small incision between your nostrils, across the strip of skin known as the columella. The incision she uses during your procedure depends on your desired result. Occasionally, Dr. Jarmuz can enhance the nose without any surgery at all using injectable fillers.
During your consultation, Dr. Jarmuz can help you understand which incision may be best for you. She will review the surgical plan and discuss realistic expectations for altering nasal size, width, shape, and projection. Often, patients wish to combine rhinoplasty with other facial procedures such as blepharoplasty or submentoplasty. This can also be discussed at the time of the initial consultation. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under sedation in our AAAHC-accredited operating room facility.
Revision rhinoplasty, a procedure that improves the results of a previous rhinoplasty, is also a specialty of Dr. Jarmuz. Some rhinoplasty patients wish to combine the surgery with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a brow lift or neck lift, to achieve a more complete transformation. However, this approach isn't appropriate for everyone. During your consultation, Dr. Jarmuz performs a thorough physical evaluation to help you determine which procedures are appropriate for you.
After surgery, you will have flesh colored tape that will protect your nose during the early healing phase, which typically lasts about 1 week. During this time, you may be instructed to keep your head upright as much as possible and refrain from exercise and other strenuous activities in order to avoid unnecessary swelling. You can manage any discomfort with prescribed medications.
You can expect to return to your normal routine after 1 to 2 weeks, when most swelling has subsided and the splint has been removed. During your follow-up appointments, Dr. Jarmuz will gradually clear you to resume more vigorous activities, including exercise.
Although you'll likely notice a significant improvement to your nose relatively soon after your splint is removed, it can take up to 1 year for your nose to assume its final size and shape. This time allows the bone and other supportive structures of the nose to settle into their ultimate positions. Barring trauma or revisionary surgery, the results of rhinoplasty are permanent.
Rhinoplasty is especially popular with younger people partly because the nose doesn't age the way other parts of the body do. However, in order to create the best outcome possible, Dr. Jarmuz stresses that patients' noses should be done developing prior to elective surgery. For most people, this typically happens by about age 16. Patients under the age of 18 require parental consent to undergo the procedure.
During your consultation, it's important to mention any previous facial injuries or surgeries to Dr. Jarmuz, even if they occurred many years ago. Although a prior injury or surgery doesn't usually exclude you from rhinoplasty, it can make your surgery more technically complex. It's important for Dr. Jarmuz to know your history so she can develop an appropriate surgical plan.
Dr. Jarmuz typically performs rhinoplasty under MAC anesthesia, or "twilight." With this type of anesthesia, you are asleep and unaware of the procedure but breathing on your own. An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will be present throughout your surgery to monitor your anesthesia needs and keep you comfortable. During your consultation, Dr. Jarmuz will review your anesthesia options to determine the safest choice for you.
No. Rhinoplasty is almost always an outpatient procedure, which means you'll be able to return home a few hours after surgery. However, you'll need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you home and stay with you for the remainder of the day.