Male rhinoplasty is currently a popular procedure, for several reasons. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) was the most frequently performed cosmetic plastic surgery among men in 2015.
From a surgeon’s viewpoint, there is a significant difference between rhinoplasty performed on men and rhinoplasty performed on women. The shape of the nose is a major contributing factor to a masculine appearance. When a man’s nose is sculpted with plastic surgery, it should be balanced and proportionate to the rest of the face, while still retaining a masculine appeal.
Functionality must also be addressed, in addition to the appearance of the nose. In many cases, a skilled surgeon can improve breathing during a male rhinoplasty procedure by correcting functional flaws, such as damage from old injuries or a deviated septum.
Dr. James M. Ridgway, MD, FACS is an award winning, premier plastic surgeon, treating patients in the Bellevue and Seattle areas. He has two separate board certifications in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Ridgway has focused his practice on surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face, specializing in rhinoplasty and other facial plastic surgery procedures.
Male Rhinoplasty Procedure
The first step in the process is a consultation with Dr. Ridgway, in which he will evaluate your facial structure and anatomy, establish your treatment goals, and devise the best treatment plan for you. For the actual procedure, Dr. Ridgway will administer either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. He will make an incision inside the nostrils (closed incision), which leaves no visible scarring, and reshape the bone and cartilage to create a more aesthetic nose, for more balance and harmony in your facial appearance. He will also address any structural issues that may have left you with difficulty breathing. When the reshaping is complete, he will redrape the skin and tissue of the nose and expertly close the incision.
What to Expect after Male Rhinoplasty
After the surgery, a splint and bandages will be placed to support the nose during the healing process. Before you go home, you will receive detailed instructions about medications and post-operative care.
You can expect some bruising and swelling, which will subside in approximately two weeks. Keep your head elevated and relatively still during this period to minimize discomfort and promote healing. Most patients can return to work within ten days after surgery.
Reasons for a Male Rhinoplasty Procedure
The more than 50,000 men in the U.S. who had rhinoplasty in 2015 underwent the procedure to resolve various situations, including:
- Desire to look more attractive
- Better self-esteem
- Correcting a breathing problem
- Repairing an old injury
- The desire for a more appealing profile
- To resolve an unbalanced facial appearance
- Correcting a flaw
In male rhinoplasty, Dr. Ridgway has the surgical skills to correct a range of facial flaws (while maintaining nasal structural integrity and functionality), including:
- Large tip
- Bulbous tip
- Drooping tip
- Ski slope
- Too wide
- Too narrow
- Unbalanced in size or shape with the rest of the face
Dr. James M. Ridgway, MD, FACS is not only a highly skilled facial plastic surgeon in Seattle committed to surgical excellence, but also a surgeon with whom you will feel comfortable. Dr. Ridgway firmly believes that the bond between the doctor and patient is a key element in providing the best possible medical treatment. He is committed to building a strong relationship with his patients, and to fully understand their treatment goals, and addressing any concerns. If you are considering male rhinoplasty in Seattle or the Bellevue, WA area, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ridgway.