Do Nose Job Results Last Forever?

By Dr. Christopher Cote and Dr. Nicolette Picerno on March 15, 2021 under Rhinoplasty

During their rhinoplasty consultation, most patients want to know whether their results will be long lasting . A rhinoplasty can be a major investment, and as the center of the face, changes to the nose have a large role in your overall appearance. Here are a few things you should know about rhinoplasty results.

How Long do Nose Jobs Last?

When you make a commitment to facial surgery such as rhinoplasty, it’s good to understand what creates long lasting and satisfying results.  Proper execution of the surgery, and a successful healing will affect the outcome.  Like any area of the body, the nose is affected much by the natural aging process.  The skin of the nose can change with sun exposure in Sunday image. The effects of gravity can also cause the nose to droop. Sagging of the face can even affect your breathing.   However, when a structural approach to rhinoplasty is undertaken, these changes can be minimized and you can enjoy your results for years to come.  Not all rhinoplasties are performed the same way and surgeons can have a variety of experience, so understand your surgeon’s technical expertise and experience.

Some people think they can try a simpler approach that is temporary called a “liquid rhinoplasty”.   However this option should be considered with great caution and in consultation with an expert surgeon first.  This involves using injectables to change the shape, size, or projection of the nose. This temporary option has the potential for serious consequences so an even better first option is to consider computerized simulations with a surgeon and a discussion of the pros and cons of the variety of options To change the appearance of your nose first.

When Will I See Rhinoplasty Results?

Most patients will begin to see their rhinoplasty results only a few weeks after their surgery. Within the first month of the recovery process, a majority of swelling dissipates, allowing you to see the new shape and approximate size of your nose. However, nose job recovery takes time. Many patients see some residual swelling for up to a year after their surgery, noting that it is typically worst in the morning but gradually subsides throughout each day. This residual swelling should not be noticeable to those around you, but you may notice it when looking in the mirror. However, about a year after the surgery, all swelling should be resolved and you will see the final results of your rhinoplasty.

Will I Ever Need a Second Rhinoplasty?

Some patients eventually choose a revision rhinoplasty, which may be due to a variety of reasons. First, they may have some breathing problems after an initial rhinoplasty, which can be due to unresolved issues such as a deviated septum or issues created by an inexperienced plastic surgeon. Other patients may simply be unhappy with the appearance of their nose after a rhinoplasty. Finally, you may require a revision rhinoplasty if a facial trauma has effected the results of your initial rhinoplasty. Aside from an accidental facial trauma, you can avoid a second rhinoplasty by choosing an experienced, qualified plastic surgeon for your rhinoplasty who understands your goals for the procedure. At FacesFirst, our plastic surgeons are facial plastic surgery specialists who understand the complexities of a rhinoplasty and can deliver the results you are looking for.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about rhinoplasties, including whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure, schedule a consultation at FacesFirst Cosmetic Surgery in Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado. Call (720) 414-3332 or contact us online to set up your consultation appointment.