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If you are unhappy with the way your nose looks, consider rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, in Tucson from board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jerold Olson. This procedure can provide balance and harmony among all of your facial features for a naturally attractive look. Dr. Olson is known as a rhinoplasty specialist by residents of Sierra Vista, Green Valley, and Casas Adobes, AZ, and throughout the local community because he has the skill and experience to consistently achieve excellent results.

To learn more about rhinoplasty at Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery, request a consultation online with Dr. Olson or call (520) 731-1110.

Selecting Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, often called nose surgery, reshapes the nose while preserving your unique features to create a naturally enhanced appearance. Dr. Olson performs nose surgery by sculpting nasal tissue, cartilage and bone into a desirable form. This procedure can:

  • Diminish the size of the nose
  • Augment the size of the nose
  • Refine the shape of the nose tip or bridge
  • Narrow nostril width
  • Fine-tune the angle between the nose and upper lip
  • Repair breathing difficulty due to nasal abnormalities
  • Improve genetic defects or the results of traumatic injury
  • Balance facial features

Before & After Rhinoplasty

Before After

This patient, 19, came to Dr. Olson for rhinoplasty because she was bothered by a hump on the bridge of her nose (dorsal hump). In addition to improving the appearance of the patient's nose, Dr. Olson helped her breathe more freely by performing functional rhinoplasty to correct her deviated septum.

Rhinoplasty Techniques

Dr. Olson is known internationally for his rhinoplasty expertise and is often invited to speak to other surgeons about advanced cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty techniques. Rhinoplasty is one of the most complicated procedures a facial plastic surgeon performs, and customizing the technique to match the aesthetic goals of each patient is essential to getting the desired results.

Dr. Olson may use 1 of 2 techniques for his Tucson rhinoplasty patients: the open or closed approach. The techniques differ in the location of the incisions, and Dr. Olson customizes the approach to provide patients with the optimal results.

Closed Rhinoplasty

This approach is best for patients who want less extensive changes to the shape of their noses. Dr. Olson makes incisions entirely inside the nose. The skin covering the bridge of the nose remains in place and there are no external incisions.

Open Rhinoplasty

This approach provides Dr. Olson better access to the underlying nasal structures. There is also better visibility during the procedure, which is preferable when the tip of the nose is being reshaped or for revision rhinoplasty patients. An incision made across the strip of skin separating the nostrils (the columella) allows Dr. Olson to carefully fold back the skin across the bridge of the nose. The resulting scar is almost imperceptible. This is the technique Dr. Olson uses for most of his patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen at my consultation with Dr. Olson?

You will learn about factors that can influence your procedure such as nasal structure, bones, cartilage, skin thickness, and overall facial shape. Dr. Olson uses computer imaging software so that he can give you a customized "preview" of what your results could look like. Patients find that the computer imaging process helps them to refine their ideas about what the surgery can achieve and helps them to discuss their options. Together with Dr. Olson, you will identify the appropriate technique for your procedure.

What can I expect during my rhinoplasty recovery?

Dr. Olson provides his patients with guidelines to follow that will help ensure a smooth recovery and great results. He will provide patient comfort tips to relieve discomfort that you may experience following surgery. You will be prescribed pain medication for the first few days of recovery. Dr. Olson recommends that his patients allow 7 to 10 days for rest, at which time much of the swelling and bruising should subside. Exercise should be avoided for a few weeks thereafter, but you'll likely be performing most of your normal activities in about a week.

How long do the results of a rhinoplasty last?

A nose job performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Olson who specializes in the procedure can last a lifetime. The nose, like the rest of the face, changes over time as part of the aging process, but the fundamental changes made during rhinoplasty will remain. You should keep in mind, however, that the bruising and swelling that follow nose surgery may take up to a year to completely resolve. So it's important to be patient as the final results of rhinoplasty gradually emerge during the first several months.

Can a patient be too young or too old for rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is one of the few facial plastic surgery procedures that people tend to get at a younger age. There are a number of reasons for this, but women and men may decide to undergo a cosmetic nose job at practically any age. At the younger end of the spectrum, Dr. Olson sees patients who are younger than 20 if he believes their noses have stopped developing. In general, girls' noses are fully developed at about age 16, while boys should usually be 18 or older before considering rhinoplasty.

Is rhinoplasty ever combined with other procedures?

The nose is a key feature in the balance and harmony of your face. In fact, one of the benefits of rhinoplasty is to restore that balance and give the face a symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing appearance. The changes to your nose, however, may have an impact on your profile. That's why Dr. Olson may recommend a chin implant in conjunction with nose surgery to create a more balanced profile. It's also a good time to assess your skin care regimen, no matter what your age, especially regarding enhanced protection from the sun for your nose.

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