Plastic Surgeon Specializing in African American Rhinoplasty
Dr. Dominic Castellano at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is double-board certified and specializes in African American Rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a cosmetic procedure that creates balance between the nose and the rest of the face. This cosmetic procedure can help if your nose is too big, too small, has a dorsal hump, is too wide, or any other appearance that is detracting from your overall facial balance.
However, rhinoplasty isn’t a single procedure that fits all nose shapes. African American noses, just like any nose, have their own unique characteristics, which require specialized knowledge in the nuance of individuality. With extensive rhinoplasty experience and a reputation as one of the leading surgeons in the Tampa, FL area, Dr. Dominic is your trusted choice for African American Rhinoplasty.
Is Rhinoplasty Worth It?
The nose is the central part of the face and can often cause insecurity and low self-esteem. If you feel like your nose doesn’t balance the rest of your face or otherwise has an unattractive or deformed appearance, rhinoplasty is the cosmetic procedure that can help you gain your confidence back. When you get a rhinoplasty, you aren’t just transforming your nose but your entire face.
There are many benefits of getting an African American rhinoplasty. Below are some of the ways that rhinoplasty can improve your appearance.
- Reducing or increasing the size of the nose
- Fixing a dorsal hump
- Straightening a crooked nose
- Enhancing facial balance
- Reducing the nasal tip
- Reshaping the nostrils
There can also be health benefits related to rhinoplasty. These include:
- Correcting a deviated septum
- Reduced snoring
- Improved sinus problems
- Better sleep
African American Rhinoplasty Cost in Tampa
The costs of an African American Rhinoplasty is dependent on your nose and the types of procedure being conducted. However, a rhinoplasty in Tampa typically costs between $4,500 and $9,000. As the complexity of the procedure increases, so does the cost. For a more specific estimate for your African American rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dominic.
Types of Rhinoplasty
There are many types of African American rhinoplasty procedures for all the different types of noses. Below are only a few African American Rhinoplasty procedures you can get to transform your aesthetic appearance.
Wide Nose Rhinoplasty
Wide noses are often due to the bone and cartilage beneath the skin and often create an unbalanced face. Wide nose rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that straightens, narrows, or corrects the angle of the nose to reduce its overall size.
During this procedure, your plastic surgeon may need to break your nose, known as nasal osteotomy, to move the bone and cartilage pieces into a more optimized position. Tissue may also be removed to help reduce the size of the nose and improve facial balance.
Dorsal Hump Reduction
A dorsal hump is a nose with cartilage or bone irregularities that causes a “hump” to form on the bridge of the nose. This disrupts the straight slope of the nose, which creates facial unbalance. Dorsal hump reduction is the most common type of rhinoplasty that is conducted.
During this cosmetic procedure, Dr. Dominic would make a small incision on the columella, the skin between the nostrils, and sand down the cartilage or bone causing the bump. It may also be necessary to break the nose to reshape it for a better aesthetic appearance.
Rhinoplasty and septoplasty often get confused for each other but septoplasty is a type of African American rhinoplasty. A deviated septum is when the bone and cartilage that divides the nostrils is crooked or off-center. This condition often results in difficulty breathing, headaches, congestion, snoring, or a visible crooked appearance.
The septoplasty procedure involves removing the mucosa lining, reshaping the bone and cartilage or removing portions of them, and placing the lining back on. This type of African American rhinoplasty is considered a medical procedure and is often covered by insurance.
Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
There are two main types of African American rhinoplasty procedures: open and closed. The difference between an open and closed rhinoplasty is the location and invasiveness of the incisions. Depending on the complexity of your African American rhinoplasty, one type of procedure will be best for your ideal results.
During an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made on the skin between the nostrils, known as the columella. This type of incision allows your plastic surgeon more visibility of the underlying bone and cartilage. This technique is best used when substantial correction is needed.
A closed rhinoplasty is performed with incisions made within the nostrils. This procedure provides less visibility and is considered less invasive. For minor revision to the nose, a closed rhinoplasty is ideal for a faster recovery time.
While recovery from African American Rhinoplasty highly depends on the complexity of the rhinoplasty procedure and the diligence of aftercare, rhinoplasty recovery often follows a timeline.
The first week following your African American rhinoplasty, you can expect to be sore, swollen, and bruised. Bandages and a splint will support your nose, but it’s best to be extra cautious during this time as any hard bump or pressure could damage your rhinoplasty results. During this time, you should be resting – no work or exercise.
During the second week, you’ll have your splint and bandages removed and your swelling, and bruising should be healed significantly. At this point, you can return to work or other activities that aren’t strenuous.
In the following months, your swelling will continue to subside. By month two or three, your face will have nearly healed entirely with minimal swelling. However, some residual swelling could persist in the tip of the nose for twelve months. By the twelve-month mark, you can be confident that the results you see are permanent.
African American rhinoplasty is often combined with other cosmetic procedures to maximize the overall appearance. These procedures are often conducted simultaneously, so you don’t have to worry about back-to-back procedures. Dr. Dominic Castellano has years of experience performing two types of cosmetic procedures at the same time.
Rhinoplasty and Facelift
One common procedure that is often combined with African American rhinoplasty is a facelift. A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that lifts and tightens the face to reverse signs of aging. When this procedure is combined with rhinoplasty, you can expect an overall improvement of your facial balance and aesthetic beauty.
If you have wrinkles, sagging skin, folds on the jawline, or other signs of aging on the face, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dominic to learn how combining rhinoplasty and facelift can improve your facial appearance.
Rhinoplasty and Chin Implants
African American rhinoplasty can also be combined with chin implants. The nose and chin are two of the most prominent aspects of the face. Chin augmentation can help correct deformities and provide a youthful, balanced appearance. These procedures are combined to ensure the facial balance isn’t disrupted by the chin after improving the appearance of the nose.
Dr. Dominic Castellano has performed numerous chin implant procedures and can combine your rhinoplasty and chin implant for one joint procedure.
Are you interested in an African American rhinoplasty but still have questions? Below are some answers to the most frequently asked questions related to African American rhinoplasty.
Does a nose job change your smile?
No, in the long term, an African American nose job will not change your smile. During the first few weeks following your rhinoplasty procedure, you will experience swelling. This could cause your smile to look different for a short period of time before returning to normal at the end of your recovery.
Will insurance cover African American rhinoplasty?
No, African American rhinoplasty is typically not covered by insurance. However, if your procedure is for medical reasons instead of cosmetic reasons, such as to fix a deviated septum, it could be covered by insurance.
Can rhinoplasty improve the function of my nose?
Yes, many rhinoplasty procedures are done to improve the overall function of the nose. Rhinoplasty can correct a deviated septum, reduce snoring, improve sinus issues, and more. However, most African American rhinoplasty procedures that are done for cosmetic reasons won’t result in any substantial change in the function of the nose.
Can you mess up your rhinoplasty?
Yes, it is possible to mess up your rhinoplasty. It’s important to follow the aftercare instructions from your plastic surgeon. Be sure to sleep on your back with your head propped up. Don’t blow your nose or take showers and avoid any strenuous activities. Any hard bump or intense pressure to the nose could negatively impact your African American rhinoplasty results.
How long is the rhinoplasty procedure?
A typical rhinoplasty only takes a few hours – typically 1.5 to 3 hours. After the procedure is complete, you will be able to go home the same day.
Who is the best candidate for rhinoplasty?
The best candidate for African American rhinoplasty is someone who isn’t happy with the appearance of their nose or its function. The ideal candidate is healthy, doesn’t smoke, and is at the age where they are done growing.