Nose Implants (Nasal Implants)

Correction of the shape, width, or look of the nose

Last modified: October 12, 2011

Diane Ihlenfeldt Boerstler
NLP Practitioner and Positive Behavior Support Specialist

and Contributing Writer

Nose Implants (Nasal Implants)

Nose implants are used to change the shape, width, or look of the nose in order to achieve a balanced between facial features. The nose is one of the main focal points on the face, and often detracts attention away from other beautiful features if too large, or makes other features appear to large if it is too small. Although rebuilding the nose is a cosmetic procedure, generally performed by top facial plastic surgeons, it is important to note that some nose implants are performed to assist a patient in increasing their ability to breathe normally.

Patients who decide to attain nose implants are doing so to balance out their nose with other facial features, in order to increase their enjoyment of how they see their reflection in the mirror.

Nose Implants (Nasal Implants) Defined

Nose implants are placed under the skin surgically by a plastic surgeon based on the patients desired appearance goals.  Patients will work directly with a plastic or cosmetic facial surgeon in order to determine the steps to take, and the exact measurements of the implant to ensure what they desire is achieved in a safe and healthy manner. Nose implants are generally customized based on the patients specific desires.

Good Candidate For Nose Implants

A good candidate for a nose implant is a patient who would like to augment, enhance, or decrease the size of their nose in order to detract or add to other features on the face. The best way for a patient to determine if they are a good candidate for a nose implant is to set up a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon.  The cosmetic surgeon will work with the client to determine the best implant fit to reach their goals as well as go over the patients’ medical history to learn of any obstacles that might prevent a successful surgery. Patients must have reached full development prior to attaining a nose implant to ensure that it stays in place, and that the facial features have stopped growing rapidly so that there is no shifting of the nose implant.

Nose Implants (Nasal Implants) Procedures

Nose implant procedures are generally performed in a surgery center or hospital and is an outpatient procedure. The surgeon will administer light general or local anesthesia. The cosmetic surgeon will either perform open surgery or closed surgery. Open surgery includes cutting away unneeded cartilage and loosening skin from the inside of the nasal cavity, as well as making a small incision across the bridge of the nose, or under the nostrils if necessary. Closed nose implant surgery does not require any cutting on the exterior of the patient’s nose.  After the incision is made on the interior or exterior of the nose, the implant is inserted, and stitched or glued into place, and an external splint may be added. The nose will be packed with gauze, and may bleed for several days after the surgery. The patient is free to leave the surgery center once they have fully recovered from the anesthesia and all of their vital signs indicate that they will be safe to recover outside of a medical setting.

Recovery From Nose Implants (Nasal Implants)

Patients should expect to experience some swelling and bruising around the face, including the nose, eyes, and above the mouth after receiving a nose implant for two weeks. The patient’s nose may feel painful to the touch, and the patient may experience a dull ache when the nose is not being touched. Pain medications and placing ice around the recently beautified nose should assist with bringing the swelling and pain down to a manageable level. Patients who experience open nose implant surgery should avoid direct sunlight as well. It is important that the patient not blow their nose or sneeze if possible while the nose is healing.

Risks And Side Effects Of Nose Implants

Risks and side effects of a nose implant include swelling, displacement of the nose due to impact or sliding, and the risk of minor infection. Some scarring may occur if open surgery was performed.

Cost Of Nose Implants (Nasal Implants)

Nose implants are a cost effective investment to beautify and re-balance the patient’s entire face.  Patients should consider the cost of the surgeon, the cost of the implant, any anesthesia, and follow-up charges when totaling the cost of this cosmetic surgery, and should expect to spend between $2,000 to $8,000.

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