Rhinoplasty

The size and shape of a person's nose greatly impacts their facial profile and overall appearance. Cosmetic surgery can literally reshape the nose. Because everyone's nose is different, the Results of cosmetic nose surgery will vary, from a simple tip refinement to changing the entire shape and size of the nose.

A rhinoplasty, commonly called a "nose job," addresses not only the external appearance of the nose, but the internal function as well. It may be performed to repair an injury, correct a disfigurement from trauma, or to improve breathing. The purpose of a nose job is to balance the nose with the rest of the face and to maintain or improve normal and pain-free breathing.

Procedure

  • The incisions are made inside the nostrils or at the base of the nose. The cartilage, bone, and soft tissues are then sculpted into their new shape.
  • Reshaping may include the removal of a hump on the bridge, the narrowing of the nose, refinement of the nasal tip, and correction of the deviated septum.
  • Surgery takes about one to two hours and can be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.

Recovery

Following surgery, swelling and bruising around the eyes is common for the first few days. Most patients return to work about a week after surgery and resume most normal activity, including exercise, within three weeks.

Results

Sometimes, changes in the size and shape of the nose should be accompanied by changes in other facial features to obtain the best overall facial balance. The chin or cheeks in particular can be enlarged or altered as a complement to a rhinoplasty. A weak profile of the lower face makes the nose appear even larger than it actually is. By enlarging the chin, the nose is only modestly reduced. Surgery to correct or improve nasal function or surgery for a major deformity or injury may be covered by insurance. However, insurance does not generally cover surgery that is purely for cosmetic reasons. If you are concerned about the cost of a nose job, we have some financing options available.

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