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Your nose is your most defining facial characteristic—having rhinoplasty or more commonly referred to as a “nose job” removes a distraction that can make a smile seem less beautiful or radiant eyes less becoming

This procedure reshapes the nose to make it more complementary, creating greater symmetry, balance and harmony among the rest of your facial features. Rhinoplasty is by far the most complex cosmetic procedure; your results depend heavily on having the best rhinoplasty surgeon with the right skills and knowledge.

Having performed thousands of these procedures over the course of 25 years, Dr. Farrior is one of the most experienced rhinoplasty specialists in the world. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Farrior strives to deliver the best rhinoplasty Tampa has to offer. Book a personalized consultation with Dr. Farrior today to see how rhinoplasty in Tampa can transform the way you look and feel about yourself.

Rhinoplasty Quick Facts

Our practice has been helping patients make life-changing transformations for over 25 years.

As you begin your research, the following facts should help you better understand the procedure as well as how to select a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa. We follow you postoperatively for the scheduled period of a year and prefer to remain in touch for a lifetime. Post-op appointments are all included in the initial cost. Photos are taken initially at six months and 12 months to measure progress.

  • You’re not alone. On average, over 50,000 rhinoplasty procedures are performed in America every year.
  • Farrior performs over 100 rhinoplasty procedures each year.
  • Many local doctors refer their Tampa rhinoplasty patients to Dr. Farrior due to their trust in his results and the level of difficulty and artistry required.
  • Unsure of what you would look like after rhinoplasty? Digital imaging is part of our consultation process!
  • Numerous pre and post-op pictures are also available at consultation as well as acute recovery pictures to help plan the return to your normal routine.
  • Everyone is different, but many of our patients indicate that recovery is not so much painful as it is uncomfortable due to congestion.
  • Your splint comes off on day eight. Even though you will not be healed completely, you may return to work as soon as the splint is removed depending on the nature of your employment.
  • Bruising last typically three weeks although it is different for everybody. Swelling usually subsides 80% by three weeks. You may return to cardio exercise at three weeks and full exercise routine at six weeks.

Preparing for Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is an incredibly collaborative process:

A successful outcome depends on your input as well as that of Dr. Farrior and his staff. There will be preoperative and post-operative instructions that should be followed to the letter. Preoperative instructions vary on a case-by-case basis, but generally include:

Avoiding products that may thin the blood and make you more likely to bleed. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, Ibuprofen, alcohol, vitamin E, energy drinks and any nutritional supplements that are not approved by Dr. Farrior.

Avoiding sun exposure and especially a sunburn prior to your rhinoplasty surgery. This thickens the skin, causes vasodilation and increases the risk of bleeding.

Swabbing the nasal opening with antibiotic ointment to reduce the risk of infection for 10 days prior to rhinoplasty.

Increasing your intake of vitamin C to 2000mg per day and taking Arnica starting the day prior to rhinoplasty and continuing afterward for two weeks.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty, also called secondary rhinoplasty, may be necessary to correct the undesirable results of a previous nose job.

It’s a complicated procedure that should only be trusted to a qualified rhinoplasty surgeon like Dr. Farrior. Unfortunately, there are many inexperienced surgeons that perform nose jobs. The results may be asymmetrical, too large, too small, crooked and congested, or have other deformities.

The best way to prevent this from happening is to see the best rhinoplasty specialists in Tampa at Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery first. If a previous nose job from another facial plastic surgeon failed to give you the results you desire, you can trust Dr. Farrior to reshape your nose and give you the confidence that you deserve. As we mentioned earlier, revision rhinoplasty procedures are more difficult than primary procedures.

As an expert in his field with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Farrior is the most qualified rhinoplasty specialist in Tampa equipped to handle these cases. With a keen understanding of nasal structures and advanced surgical methods, Dr. Farrior creates an individualized surgical plan for each patient so that you may never have to suffer the consequences of a botched nose job again.

Your journey begins with a Rhinoplasty Consultation

At Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery, we don’t do “one” nose.

Rhinoplasty is a highly individual procedure—no two are alike. For this reason, a face-to-face discussion is necessary to establish expectations and an understanding of what can be achieved. During your consultation, Dr. Farrior gathers the information needed to sculpt the nose best-suited to and balanced with your face.

Your consultation includes a review of your medical and surgical history, examination and a thorough discussion of your expectations for rhinoplasty. Dr. Farrior and his team will educate you on how to prepare for surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and what will take place during the recovery.

Photographs will also be taken during your consultation and digital imaging software will be used to demonstrate the anticipated outcome of your rhinoplasty. There is a cost for the consultation, which is later applied to your surgery. If concerns remain after your rhinoplasty consultation or if a family member or your support person would like to get informed, a follow-up consultation will take place at no charge.

Candidates for Revision Rhinoplasty

Are you a candidate for revision rhinoplasty?

There are several factors our rhinoplasty specialists will consider before deciding if this procedure can help you achieve your desired facial appearance. To begin with, remember that primary rhinoplasty procedures need at least one year to fully heal. Performing surgery on a nose that has not healed completely can lead to serious complications.

Because there is no “one-size-fits-all” nose job, a face-to-face consultation is necessary to determine whether or not you are a candidate for a secondary surgery revision rhinoplasty.

Similar to a primary rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Farrior will use photographs and digital imaging software and assess your unique facial characteristics, tell you what results you can realistically expect, inform you of the risks, and answer any questions you may have. Cartilage grafting, the process of removing cartilage from one part of the body and transplanting it to another part of the body, is typically required for revision rhinoplasty.

If there is not enough cartilage left in the nose after the primary surgery, cartilage will need to be grafted from the ears or rib. This is just one of the reasons why secondary rhinoplasty is considered the most complex cosmetic surgery procedure, takes longer, and why it costs more than primary rhinoplasty.

If you are unhappy with the results of a nose job for any reason, it is crucial that you seek the best rhinoplasty surgeon to restore both the structure and function characteristics of your nose. Contact the highly specialized team at Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery now to schedule your consultation and find out if revision rhinoplasty in Tampa is right for you.

What to expect the day of your surgery

Be sure to eat a good meal the evening before (no alcohol).

Food can cause complications with anesthesia, so it is critical that you do not eat or drink after midnight—absolutely nothing, including water. On the day of your surgery, do not wear makeup, lash extensions or hair products. This includes mascara, blush, cover-up and hairspray. These products are difficult to remove in the preparation for the surgery.

You should arrive early for your rhinoplasty. Arriving late, fighting traffic and being in a rush cause stress, which can compromise your ability to recover. The goal is to control everything that might influence the outcome.

When you arrive at our office, you will be greeted by the staff, escorted to the surgical suite, given your surgical attire and asked to change. Medications to help with the post-operative recovery may be given at that time. The anesthesiologist will review his plan for your care. Dr. Farrior will meet with you again to discuss the plan and desired outcome for your rhinoplasty once more.

After you are taken into the operating room, the anesthesiologist will start an IV and administer medication to begin the sedation. Dr. Farrior performs rhinoplasty under general anesthesia. This allows for your maximum comfort and safety while giving Dr. Farrior the luxury of time to perform the best rhinoplasty possible. Rhinoplasty surgery will take approximately two hours to perform. This may be longer or shorter depending on the complexity of the nasal anatomy. With a revision rhinoplasty,* the surgical time can (on occasion) take as long as six hours.

You will awake in the recovery room with your post-operative care and the recovery nurse, an R.N., B.S.N. who is expertly trained to help manage any pain prior to your discharge. There will be a gauze dressing beneath the nostrils and a splint on the nose. To help reduce swelling, ice packs will be on your eyes and cheeks. You will also be severely congested due to post-operative swelling inside the nose. The stay in recovery after a rhinoplasty is usually one hour, at which point you will be cleared to head home.

The remainder of the day, you should remain quiet and at rest. Stay in bed except to go to the bathroom, keep your head elevated and keep ice on your eyes as much as possible. You will need to have a caregiver that day and night.

Initially, consume small volumes of liquids and soft foods like the kind typically given to a child with an upset stomach: ginger ale, cola, 7 Up, broth, bananas, crackers, chicken soup and Jell-O. After you have been able to consume these things without problems, you can advance your diet. Avoid products that have no substance such as water as well as diet beverages—these will make you feel more nauseated.

Recovering from Rhinoplasty

On the first post-operative day, most patients will feel better, remain congested and have a healthy appetite.

If you are in need of pain medication, do not consume it on an empty stomach; this is likely to make you sick. On this day, light activity is fine—move about the house or take a short walk in the neighborhood. However, don’t overdo it. There is no rush to prove anything, as you will still be very congested.

The congestion usually lasts for 7-10 days after your rhinoplasty. When you return to our office for your follow-up, Dr. Farrior will de-congest you. The process is uncomfortable but not painful. You will continue to improve gradually.The congestion should also decrease during this time. The bruising will sometimes become more noticeable on the second or third day immediately following your rhinoplasty. This is normal—some patients will even bruise in the white part of the eye.

Eight days after your rhinoplasty, you will return to our office to have your splint removed and your nose once again decongested. On some occasions, Dr. Farrior may reapply tape to your nose for added support or to reduce swelling. You will be given instructions on how to care for and protect your nose as you continue to heal. Some rhinoplasty patients are asked to do nasal exercises to reduce swelling.

For the following six weeks after your rhinoplasty, it’s crucial to sleep with your head elevated. You should also refrain from wearing glasses without the splint on your nose and avoid blowing or picking your nose. Do not do any strenuous activity such as weight lifting. You can ease into cardiovascular exercise after three weeks. Above all, use common sense: if any activity causes discomfort or swelling of the nose, discontinue that activity immediately and do not attempt it again for a week. Your nose knows and will tell you if you pay attention.

Even though you are healing, the nose usually remains significantly swollen for six weeks after a rhinoplasty. The overall improvement will be noticeable; however, the subtleties will not be apparent. It takes a full year for all healing to take place. Throughout your recovery, it is imperative that you get all care and information regarding your nose from your rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Farrior. Do not take advice from the internet. Everyone heals differently: they are not you and do not have any knowledge of your case. If you have any questions contact Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery immediately; our staff is informed, experienced and totally committed to your care and recovery.

*Revision Rhinoplasty is much more complex. It may require grafting from the ear or rib, is complicated by scar tissue and the unknown anatomic changes from the previous surgery.

Dr. Farrior is so much more than a doctor – he’s an artist. Dr. Farrior has the right medical knowledge and the artistic vision needed to create harmony among his patients’ facial features. He truly listens to his patients and is always open to their concerns.

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