Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) in Santa Barbara, CA
Your facial features are what everyone notices first, and are often evaluated by others in an instant. Your nose is the most central part of your face and contributes greatly to facial aesthetics. If you feel your nose is out of proportion with the rest of your features or has an unsightly shape or bulge, you may choose a rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, to enhance your looks. This surgery may be performed for medical reasons, such as the correction of structural defects that impair normal breathing, or for cosmetic reasons to enhance the proportions of the nose.
Dr. Sara Yegiyants improves the appearance and function of the nose through rhinoplasty. She is a triple-board-certified plastic surgeon who extensively studied art before her career in plastic surgery. Drawing upon her keen aesthetic sense and meticulous surgical skill, Dr. Yegiyants has helped countless patients feel great through an array of surgical procedures.
To learn more about rhinoplasty treatment in Santa Barbara, contact Dr. Sara Yegiyants today for your in-depth consultation!
Deciding If a Rhinoplasty Is Right for You
A rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, can change many aspects of your nose. If you have a deviated septum or other structural problem that prevents normal breathing, this can be corrected through treatment. Others may be interested in rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, perhaps to correct nasal size and shape. Many individuals have a bulge or bump on the bridge of the nose, flaring of their nostrils, crookedness, or a bulbous, hooked nasal tip, which can be caused by traumatic injuries or hereditary traits. All of these can be corrected surgically, and Dr. Yegiyants offers extensive expertise in improving facial aesthetics. She will re-shape your nose to enhance your nasal function, your facial profile, and your confidence!
The ideal candidate for rhinoplasty is an adult who is in good general health and wants an enhanced facial profile or improved breathing functionality.
Meet Dr. Yegiyants
Sara Yegiyants, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in surgical and non-invasive procedures. Learn more about Dr. Yegiyants and why you should choose her for your next procedure.
Your Santa Barbara Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr. Yegiyants
You will meet with Dr. Yegiyants personally when you come in for your consultation. If you are seeking rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, it can be helpful to bring in images of what you would like your nose to look like. Sharing images with Dr. Yegiyants is incredibly helpful in making sure you are both on the same page with your goals. She will extensively review your medical records and discuss your treatment plan.
Dr. Yegiyants has advanced training in arts and aesthetics; she draws upon this background to study the natural shape of your face and make recommendations for re-contouring your nose. She strives to make sure the outcome of each procedure is natural-looking and beautiful. She will also take the time necessary to make sure she fully understands what you want for yourself and that you know what to expect throughout the process. Dr. Yegiyants will design a custom approach based on your nasal anatomy, facial proportions and desired look.
How is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Dr. Yegiyants can perform either a closed or open rhinoplasty, determined by your anatomy and desired changes. In either case, she may alter the bone, nasal cartilage, muscle, or skin, drawing upon years of training and excellent aesthetic sense to make changes that incur an excellent outcome.
During a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made only on the inside of the nose. This allows for a reshaping of the nose with no visible scars. In contrast, the open rhinoplasty requires an incision across the columella or the thin strip of tissue between the nostrils. In both surgical approaches, the incisions allow Dr. Yegiyants to contour the bone or the cartilage to improve the shape of the nose. Open rhinoplasty is generally required when the changes to the nose are more extensive; the type of surgical technique necessary will depend on your anatomy.
In most cases for a reduction of the size or shape of the nose, reshaping occurs through the removal of tissue. When building up of nasal structures is necessary, cartilage may be grafted from the septum of the nose or other parts of the body, such as the ears or ribs.
Piezo Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty
Piezo Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves facial appearance by utilizing ultrasonic waves to help recontour nasal bones. Dr. Sara Yegiyants employs this technology to send high-frequency ultrasonic waves to the nasal bone, allowing her to remove specific bone fragments and dense cartilage with precision and without using antiquated nose surgery instruments like rasps and chisels. While these traditional instruments effectively reshape the nasal anatomy, they may also cause added trauma to adjacent facial tissues and contribute to bleeding, swelling, and scarring.
Piezo Ultrasonic technology is suitable for open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty under general anesthesia. This rhinoplasty surgery provides a unique advantage for minimal injury to surrounding deep soft tissues, adjacent mucosal tissue, and overlying nasal skin. The device also translates into minimal bruising, less bleeding, and reduced swelling. As a result, patients can expect a shorter and more comfortable recovery.
Furthermore, nasal reshaping is more accurate with Piezo Ultrasonic rhinoplasty as its incisions are more precise. This precision is because the cuts are performed with direct vision (not blindly) and result in bones not inadvertently fractured or splintered, as can happen with rasps and chisels.
Piezo Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty Benefits
Dr. Yegiyants performs Piezo Ultrasonic rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure that offers significant advantages as it allows her to remove nasal bone and cartilage with heightened precision without the use of a chisel or rasp for the following benefits:
- Excludes chisel or rasp complications
- Reduces adjacent soft tissues, blood vessels, and nerve trauma
- Minimizes swelling and bleeding
- More precise than a chisel or rasp
- Eliminates splinter fractures
- Gentler than traditional rhinoplasty techniques
- Supports bone regeneration
- Shorter and more comfortable recovery
- Reduces post-operative discomfort
- Achieves a more natural outcome
Schedule a Consultation
Ready to take the next steps towards booking a procedure? Schedule your consultation today to begin your aesthetic journey with Sara Yegiyants, MD, FACS.
What to Expect During Recovery and Healing from Your Nose Surgery
Before the surgery, you will be given detailed instructions on home care during healing. It is important that you follow all post-operative instructions to maximize your healing and promote the best possible outcome. These may include taking oral medications, applying topical creams or ointments, or icing and cleaning the surgical site. Dr. Yegiyants will make sure to answer any of your questions before surgery so that you can feel confident about your ability to care for your healing nose.
After surgery, you will have a splint and bandages placed on your nose and face. You may also have packing on the inside of your nose. These will protect your nose throughout the initial healing process; the bandages are usually removed about one week after the procedure.
As it is common to experience soreness and swelling for several days following the procedure, Dr. Yegiyants will prescribe pain medication to enhance your comfort. Most patients experience swelling and bruising to the nose, forehead, and around the eyes for several days, which peak during the first 48 hours following your procedure.
You will be able to notice the new shape of your nose once the dressings are removed. As the swelling subsides, you will see the ultimate results develop. Most the of swelling will be resolved within a few weeks. It can take several months, up to a year after surgery, for your nose to fully settle into its final form.
Frequently Asked Questions: Rhinoplasty in Santa Barbara
What are some of the additional benefits of rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty patients noses’ are made more proportional and flattering to the face. But, you’ll see more than just the benefits of improving the appearance of the nose, patients often experience improved functionality as well.
Breathing easier allows for many patents to sleep better and feel more awake and alert in the daytime. Plus, better sleep often reduces the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Not only will you look and feel brighter, but you are also less likely to get sick when consistently sleeping well.
Outside of the medical benefits, you’ll feel more confident. Throughout your personal to professional life, you will be empowered to put your best self forward.
Can my rhinoplasty be combined with other procedures?
Absolutely! Patients may combine rhinoplasty with a variety of surgical or non-surgical procedures.
Some may choose to pair dermal fillers or all-natural fat injections to reduce the appearance of lines or wrinkles.
A facelift, eyelid lift, or brow lift are also common additions. By combining procedures, you reduce overall downtime and help achieve an even more youthful look in just one surgical appointment.
Will my nose still be unique after rhinoplasty?
In the early days of rhinoplasty, surgeons often crafted a small, upturned nose, regardless of the patient’s natural features. Modern rhinoplasty with Dr. Yegiyants is different. She changes the size and shape of your nose to create a nose that complements your features and looks as natural as if you were born with it.
By removing the hump on your nose or reshaping the nostrils, we can help people see you, not just your nose. Your new nose will be uniquely yours, artfully sculpted to showcase your best features.
How can rhinoplasty improve the function of my nose?
Obstructions or blockages in your nasal passages can make breathing difficult and may limit the amount of air you can breathe in. Rhinoplasty can make changes to the inner framework of your nose, alleviating blockages and opening the airway so you can breathe easier. We perform every rhinoplasty with both form and function in mind to ensure patients look and feel their best after surgery.
What can expect immediately after rhinoplasty surgery?
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure. After your surgery, you’ll spend a few hours in recovery, then you’ll be ready to return home.
Your nose will be bandaged and in a splint. There will be protective packing inside your nose. You’ll likely feel groggy and tired. Your nose may be tender and swollen. We’ll provide pain medication to increase comfort and help you rest.
You’ll get your bandaging removed after a week, and you’ll see your new shape. You may still have a bit of swelling, but most patients are delighted by the immediate upgrade to their appearance.
How should I prepare for my rhinoplasty surgery day?
Put in the prep before rhinoplasty so you can focus on your recovery. Here are some easy ways to prepare for surgery day.
- Stock the fridge: Have plenty of easy-to-eat foods ready. Many of our patients make a few meals in advance so they can quickly heat and eat healthy meals.
- Fill your prescriptions: Have your prescriptions ready at home, so you don’t have to visit the pharmacy after surgery.
- Arrange for help: You’ll need someone to drive you home from surgery and stay with you for a few days.
- Have extra pillows: Make sure you have several extra pillows available. They are helpful for propping up and positioning your head after rhinoplasty surgery. To minimize swelling, it can help to sleep with your head elevated.
- Take time off: Most rhinoplasty patients need one to two weeks off from work. Clear your schedule the first week and slowly start returning to your regular activities as you’re able.
Let us know if you have any questions as you prepare for your surgery.
What is a good age to undergo rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is popular with teens and adults. If you’re healthy and want to improve the appearance of your nose, you’re likely a good candidate for this procedure. The earliest age for rhinoplasty is usually around 16 to 17, once the nose reaches its adult size. There is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty; health matters more than age.
When can I return to work after my rhinoplasty procedure?
Most patients are back to work within two weeks of their rhinoplasty. We remove the splint and bandaging after about a week, and many patients feel ready to return to work around this time.
Some of our patients find they need more time off. If you work in a physically demanding job, you may not be ready to return to work until four to six weeks after surgery.
When can I work out after my rhinoplasty procedure?
Hit pause on your usual exercise routine for several weeks after rhinoplasty. Patients can resume gentle walking almost immediately after the procedure. We encourage walking, as it helps keep your circulation moving and can speed healing.
For more strenuous exercises, wait until Dr. Yegiyants clears you. We usually give patients the go-ahead to resume exercise within four to six weeks of surgery.
Make sure you protect your nose if you’ll be participating in physical activities where your nose can get hit or damaged. The bones and cartilage in the nose will be sensitive to damage for up to a year after surgery.
How much does rhinoplasty cost in Santa Barbara, CA?
Because so many variables can affect surgical complexity, putting a firm price tag on the procedure is impossible. After meeting with you in a private consultation and learning about all your aesthetic and functional concerns, Dr. Yegiyants will provide a detailed cost analysis during the consultation process.
Will insurance cover the cost of a rhinoplasty?
If your rhinoplasty is a functional correction, your health insurance provider may be willing to cover it. For example, if you suffer from breathing issues, nose trauma, or other nasal-related medical concerns, your insurance may partially or fully pay for your surgery. Insurance companies do not typically pay for plastic surgeries performed solely for aesthetic reasons.
How long do rhinoplasty results last?
A rhinoplasty permanently restructures your nose, and the benefits typically last a lifetime. However, your nose contours may alter if you sustain facial trauma, like a car accident. In addition, the natural aging process can create subtle changes to your nose appearance.
Can I combine my nose job with other cosmetic procedures?
How do I prepare for a rhinoplasty procedure?
Dr. Yegiyants suggests:
- Get essential lab tests.
- Stop smoking.
- Adjust current medications as necessary.
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, ibuprofen, and herbal supplements that can increase bleeding.
Will I experience any pain or discomfort during rhinoplasty?
Your surgical team will administer general anesthesia, which means you will be unconscious throughout surgery. Most patients wake up in the recovery area with no memory of their procedure.
Is there an age range for rhinoplasty surgery?
We expect our functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty patients to have a fully developed nose. Dr. Yegiyants performs rhinoplasty surgery on patients as young as 15 if their noses have physically matured.
How do you achieve a natural-looking rhinoplasty result?
Natural rhinoplasty results are as unique as you are. A nose that looks perfect on one face may look unnatural on another. Only trust a surgeon who understands facial anatomy and employs an artistic approach to addressing cosmetic concerns with your nose.
What should I look for in my rhinoplasty surgeon?
You should consider several factors when choosing your rhinoplasty surgeon. These include board certification in plastic and reconstructive surgery, experience and expertise, before-and-after gallery, online reviews, and how confident you feel after your consultation.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Yegiyants is one of the premier cosmetic surgeons in Santa Barabara, CA. She offers patients who come to her boutique practice superior results from the spa-like environment of our newly renovated offices. If you have any further questions about rhinoplasty or any of the other services and procedures we offer, please contact us here or give us a call at 805-682-1731.