Rhinoplasty can be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Patients may choose to undergo rhinoplasty to improve the appearance of a crooked or misshapen nose, or to correct breathing problems caused by a deviated septum or nasal anatomy.

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Nose Surgery Can Address Both Functional and Cosmetic Concerns by:

  • Improving nasal airflow and breathing by correcting a deviated septum

  • Addressing nasal asymmetry

  • Resizing the nose in relation to the face

  • Reshaping the nose profile to smooth the bridge

  • Straightening the nose

  • Creating an appealing nasal tip

  • Resizing nostrils

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to reshape the nose for cosmetic or functional reasons. The surgeon makes incisions inside or outside the nose and sculpts the bone and cartilage to achieve the desired shape. It is commonly used to improve the appearance of a crooked or misshapen nose or to correct breathing problems. High-quality rhinoplasties achieve aesthetic balance across the patient’s facial proportions. Conversely, poor nose jobs may be asymmetrical, have poor cartilage support or dorsal structure, or nasal tip collapse. As board-certified plastic surgeons, we are experts at handling delicate nasal skin, cartilage, and bone to achieve noticeable yet natural-looking results. We want to accentuate your natural beauty, versus making it clear that you had work done.

Before your rhinoplasty, we’ll set up a consultation and talk about your surgical goals, medical history, and procedural options based on your anatomy. We’ll take measurements and photographs and will recommend a treatment based on your desired outcomes and anatomy. We’ll also talk about the procedure, anesthesia, potential risks and complications, recovery, and aftercare instructions.

The entire procedure takes about two to three hours, and you can go home the same day. Please make sure that somebody can pick you up because you won’t be able to operate a vehicle after anesthesia.

What to Expect

During a rhinoplasty procedure, the patient is given IV sedation or general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist. The surgeon will make incisions either inside the nose or along the columella under the nose, providing access to the cartilage, bone, and tissues of the nose to reshape it. The size of the nose can be reduced by removing bone or cartilage, and cartilage grafts may be used to reshape the contours. If the patient has a deviated septum, the surgeon will straighten out the nasal passages to improve airflow. The surgeon will then redrape the nasal skin and tissue and close the incisions to complete the procedure.

Rhinoplasty patients typically feel ready to return to work within one to two weeks. Bruising and swelling are normal following the procedure and usually clear up within two weeks.

Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.

Rhinoplasty Before and After Photos

For privacy, we reserve the majority of before and after photos for viewing during in-office consultations. The cases presented are representative and shared with permission.

Nose Surgery Recovery and Aftercare

To optimize healing, we ask our patients to follow these recovery guidelines after their procedure. If you notice increased redness, discharge, or pain near your incision, please give us a call right away.

  • Incision Aftercare: If your incisions are inside the nose, the sutures used will dissolve on their own. If your incisions are on the underside of your nose between the nostrils, we’ll remove them a week after surgery.

  • Splints: Based on the surgery, we may put splints on the inside or outside of the nose. Splints are removed at a week.

  • Medications: Some patients may be prescribed pain medications for a day or two after surgery, and then use over-the-counter medications for pain relief – Tylenol or Advil.

  • Sleeping: Elevate your head in bed to reduce swelling.

  • Activity: Avoid bending at the waist and straining. Walking is fine early on. Please wait around four weeks before resuming strenuous activity.

  • Nose Spray: Saline nasal spray can help with congestion and dryness.
  • Bathing: You can shower after 48 hours. Try to keep the nasal area dry, and don’t submerge your head in water for four weeks to reduce the risk of infection.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

Insurance providers may cover rhinoplasty if it’s correcting a functional defect, such as a deviated septum, to improve airflow and nasal breathing. The national average procedural cost of a rhinoplasty is around $5,500, plus charges for surgical facilities, anesthesia, and medications. Prices can vary based on your plastic surgeon. Please set up a consultation with one of our surgeons to learn more about the procedure and to receive a personalized quote.

Good rhinoplasty candidates are healthy, fully grown, nonsmokers, and don’t have any medical conditions that would disrupt healthy wound healing processes. BMI is also a factor we consider. When you meet with one of our surgeons for your rhinoplasty consultation, we will discuss your goals and anatomy to determine which cosmetic procedures would be best suited to meet your unique needs.

At our practice, we offer interest-free financing options through Care Credit and PatientFi.

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