A flat nose is characterized by a low nasal bridge, making the nose look flat. This nose shape creates an unbalanced appearance between the nose and the rest of the face and most significantly impacts the side profiles. If you have a flat nose, you may struggle with self-consciousness or dissatisfaction with your appearance. However, there are flat nose surgeries that can correct the angle of your nasal bridge and allow your nose to protrude further from your face.
In this article, we’ll outline the best flat nose surgery, how it can transform your appearance, the cost, benefits, and more. First, it’s important to understand what causes a flat nose.
What Causes a Flat Nose?
A flat nose is a common nose shape for many people and can be a result of a number of factors. Below we’ll outline the three most common causes of a flat nose.
If you’ve had a flat nose since birth, it is due to your genetics. While this may just be a family trait passed down, this nose shape can also manifest as a result of genetic disorders and congenital disabilities. Common genetic disorders that cause a flat nose include Cleidocranial Dysostosis, Williams Syndrome, and Down Syndrome. A common congenital disability that results in a flat nose is fetal alcohol syndrome.
If you haven’t always had a flat nose, it could be a result of trauma. Fractures, chemical irritations, and more can result in a flat nose. Whether you were in a bad fall, sports injury, car accident, or another type of trauma, your nose may be deformed as a result.
Some diseases can cause bone deformities, including that of a low nasal bridge. Syphilis is a common infectious disease that can cause a flat nose at birth. When passed to an infant, this disease can be life-threatening, with severe health problems such as blindness, deafness, neurological problems, and bone deformities.
Rhinoplasty for a Flat Nose
The best flat nose surgery to correct a low nasal bridge is a rhinoplasty. A rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that involves manipulating the bone, cartilage, and tissue of the nose to create a more aesthetically pleasing nose shape. With rhinoplasty, your plastic surgeon raises the bridge of your nose to balance it with the rest of your face.
Benefits of Flat Nose Surgery
There are many benefits to correcting a flat nose with rhinoplasty, including:
- Corrected Nasal Bridge
- Improved Facial Balance
- Resolved Nasal Problems as a Result of a Flat Nose
- Improved Self-Confidence
- Outpatient Procedure
- Permanent Results
The cost of flat nose rhinoplasty ranges from $5,500 to $9,500. This cost depends on the complexity of correcting your nasal bridge and other factors. During a consultation, your plastic surgeon better outlines the costs of your specific flat nose surgery.
At Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dominic Castellano is a double board-certified surgeon and prioritizes your cosmetic goals and reasonable expectations to create a personalized procedure. To talk more about your flat nose rhinoplasty with Dr. Dominic, contact us today.
Types of Rhinoplasty Techniques
There are two different flat nose surgery techniques that your plastic surgeon can use: open vs. closed rhinoplasty. The difference between these techniques lies in their invasiveness. Below, we’ll outline each one so you can determine which one is right for you and discuss it further during a rhinoplasty consultation.
Open rhinoplasty involves an incision on the columella, the tissue that separates the nostrils. This incision makes it more invasive than a closed rhinoplasty, but this invasiveness allows for more access and visibility to your plastic surgeon. More extensive reconstruction is best with an open rhinoplasty.
This rhinoplasty technique is common for flat nose surgery.
During a closed rhinoplasty, your plastic surgeon makes all incisions within the nostrils, ensuring any scarring won’t be visible. However, this limits the visibility of your surgeon and thus restricts them to more minor nasal adjustments.
Flat Nose Rhinoplasty Procedure
During flat nose surgery, your plastic surgeon makes an incision on the columella (an open rhinoplasty) or inside the nostrils (a closed rhinoplasty). This is followed by correcting the nasal bridge, raising it to adjust the angle, or adding a small piece of cartilage onto the nasal bridge. Overall, this procedure takes around 1 to 3 hours.
As an outpatient cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty surgery doesn’t require you to stay in the hospital. You can return home the same day. During the first week, you’ll experience some discomfort and swelling, but this should begin to subside by the second week.
When your plastic surgeon removes your stint in the second week, you can return to work, but it’s best to avoid any strenuous activities until one month after your rhinoplasty. At this point, the majority of the swelling should have gone away, but some residual swelling on the tip of the nose can last around 12 months.
If you want to speed up your recovery, there are many rhinoplasty recovery tips that can help. Some include using a cold compress, avoiding pain medication, getting out for a walk, and keeping your head elevated.
Flat nose rhinoplasty results are permanent. This means that once you correct your nasal bridge, it stays like that indefinitely. You can begin to see results as your swelling subsides, beginning in the second week of recovery. However, as it can take up to a year to resolve all swelling, you may not see your final nose shape until then.
Schedule a Consultation with Elite Facial Plastic Surgery
If you’re frustrated with the appearance of your flat nose, flat nose surgery can help. However, it’s important not to get a rhinoplasty from just anyone. You want a plastic surgeon who is board-certified and has experience correcting your specific nose shape. Dr. Dominic is double board-certified and specializes in rhinoplasties like this one. To schedule a consultation and take the next step to achieve your cosmetic goals, contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery today.