Rhinoplasty is the name of the operation that improves the form (shape) and function (breathing) of the nose. It is one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures, and it is popular among both men and women. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of the nose, reshape the tip of the nose, move it up or down, and narrow or straighten the bridge. Some patients want their nose smaller, some want it straightened, some want the hump reduced, and others yet want it narrower. To achieve a satisfying outcome, the patient’s desired result should be the goal of the surgical plan. Therefore, it is essential for your plastic surgeon to take the time to listen to you and get a clear understanding of what you would like.
When performed by a skilled facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Sepehr, rhinoplasty can improve a number of aesthetic and functional issues. In addition to removing humps, improving symmetry, and narrowing or widening the nasal bridge, this procedure can be used to change the angle of the nasal tip, enlarge or reduce the size of the opening of the nostrils, enhance breathing, and alter the length of the nose. If you have a specific concern in mind, you can share this objective with Dr. Sepehr, and he will determine if your desired outcome is possible.
Rhinoplasty requires not only exceptional skill but also the highest sense of artistry to create a natural-looking nose, which is in harmony with the rest of the facial features. Just as every patient’s nose is different, their faces are also different, and the new shape has to fit the face. This ideal new shape will be determined by many factors, including one’s height, age, skin thickness, and ethnic background. Rhinoplasty will also help with the configuration of other features, such as the forehead, eyes and chin, to make a more natural look. You may be a candidate for rhinoplasty if:
* The reconstructive or functional portion of a septorhinoplasty is covered under most insurance policies
The amount of change that can be expected depends on many factors, including skin type, ethnicity, and age. At your initial consultation, an overall evaluation of the underlying structure and overlying skin will help determine what outcome is a realistic expectation.
They are really professional, and have a friendly staff. I was very happy with my results. I love my nose now!
January 06, 2016
Technically, rhinoplasty is performed by placing well-hidden incisions in and around the nostrils. These incisions allow the surgeon to lift the skin to obtain excellent exposure of the underlying bone and cartilage. The underlying bone and cartilage is then contoured to make the nose more harmonious and balanced to the rest of the face. The procedure lasts approximately two to three hours; however, it depends on the complexity of the case.
Many patients are referred to us for revision rhinoplasty. These cases are of higher complexity because of the corrections that need to be made as a result of the initial surgery. We take all the time that is needed to get the best possible result. You can expect to be at the surgical center for approximately half a day.
In the following video, Dr. Sepehr performs a rhinoplasty plus septoplasty procedure on a patient who sought cosmetic enhancement as well as deviated septum repair. See what the surgical process looks like up close—from pre-operative care to the actual procedure—to gain insight into what cosmetic nose surgery may entail. The scenes in the video portray Dr. Sepehr correcting a nasal bump, fixing the septum, taking a cartilage graft, and performing alar base reduction. Please note that the video below depicts graphic surgical content.
Dr. Sepehr has authored numerous scientific articles on rhinoplasty and continues to actively teach fellows, residents, and medical students from University of California, Irvine Medical Center on the subject.
Rhinoplasty can be performed as an open or closed surgery. A closed (endonasal) rhinoplasty uses incisions that are located within the nose, so there are no visible scars; however, not all types of concerns can be addressed using this method. An open rhinoplasty requires an incision on the underside of the nostril, called the columella, which allows Dr. Sepehr to access the internal structures of the nose. Once healed, the scar is often barely noticeable. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sepehr will let you know which technique can provide the optimal outcome for your customized treatment plan.
Following your rhinoplasty procedure, you will need someone to drive you home. Your nose will be congested but will gradually improve. We do not ordinarily “pack” the nose after surgery. A special dissolvable suture is used to stabilize the changes and eliminates the need for nasal packing. Patients, therefore, are more comfortable and generally less swollen. With the elimination of nasal packing, pain, swelling, bleeding, and discoloration are dramatically reduced making the recovery period much more pleasant for the patient.
There is usually very little pain after the operation. Most patients experience pressure from the swelling inside the nose. The discomfort is easily controlled with pain medication. The majority of patients take something strong the first night, about half take it the second night, and a few take it the third night. After that the majority only need Tylenol® if anything.
You will experience variable degrees of swelling and bruising for the first 7-14 days. Sleep with your head above the level of your heart to minimize the swelling and bruising. Most swelling should be gone after about six weeks; however, there may be a small, virtually unnoticeable degree of swelling present for several months after treatment.
Most patients can return to work and social events after 7-14 days with makeup as needed.
Once swelling fully subsides, the final results achieved from rhinoplasty are intended to last for a lifetime. In general, it can take up to one year after the procedure for all signs of inflammation to completely resolve. One of the many benefits of nose surgery is the ability to achieve an outcome that endures for decades, and the vast majority of patients never feel the need to pursue a secondary procedure. To reduce the potential need for revisional surgery, Dr. Sepehr stresses the importance of selecting a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon who is board-certified and fellowship-trained to perform your rhinoplasty. This accreditation from the ABFPRS and subsequent fellowship training often indicates a higher degree of experience in facial plastic surgery and aesthetics, thereby minimizing the likelihood of complications after the procedure. Fortunately, unless the nose is injured in the future or a complication arises, rhinoplasty results should remain stable. The framework of the nose is permanently altered, and patients can enjoy their enhancement indefinitely.
If you have an open rhinoplasty, you may have a small scar on the underside of your nose. Most patients report that this mark is virtually invisible once fully healed. Dr. Sepehr can explain more precisely what to expect from the final result, including what the scars, if any, may look like. He strives to provide a very natural-looking outcome without discernible signs of surgery.
Rhinoplasty can enhance the appearance and function of the nose, as well as harmonize facial features. Our board certified facial plastic surgeon utilizes some of the most advanced techniques available to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. When you arrive for your initial consultation, Dr. Sepehr will review the particulars of your customized treatment plan, including the fees, so you can make a well-informed decision. As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, the cost will depend on several factors, including:
Broadly speaking, rhinoplasty can cost anywhere from a few thousand to several thousand dollars. We understand that you may wish to compare treatment plans with other surgeons as part of your research. When making a comparison, it’s important to ask what is included in the quote you receive.
Prices can vary significantly, in part because some practices mention only the surgeon’s fee while others refer to the full cost of treatment. We believe having a comprehensive understanding of rhinoplasty, fees, and recovery can enhance the patient experience and improve long-term satisfaction. We strive to provide thorough and straightforward information to allow you to make the best decision for your needs and goals.
Nose surgery for cosmetic reasons will not be covered by medical insurance; however, if you have functional concerns, such as a deviated septum or fracture, your policy may offer partial coverage. Additionally, our practice offers a number of payment and financing options to help bring the cost of treatment into your budget.
While rhinoplasty is uniquely tailored to achieve each patient’s goals, the procedure is often informed by the natural characteristics and aesthetic ideals of a male nose versus a female nose. Dr. Sepehr considers these differences in anatomy, as well as the diverging ideals of aesthetic beauty, when performing rhinoplasty.
Men often have naturally broader noses with a more prominent bridge and little to no elevation in the tip. The nostrils are generally wider, and the skin of the nostrils and nasal tip is also thicker when compared to women. Differences in nostril width, skin thickness, and nasal tip projection are natural characteristics that Dr. Sepehr keeps in mind when performing rhinoplasty for male patients. In contrast, the nose of a female patient is typically more diminutive, with a comparatively narrow bridge and a slightly elevated tip. The nasal tip may also appear less bulbous and more refined. The nostrils are often less broad, and the skin of the nose may not be as thick as a male rhinoplasty patient.
Aside from the anatomical distinctions taken into account during rhinoplasty, men and women who pursue the procedure may also have contrasting ideas of the “ideal” nose shape. Male rhinoplasty patients often wish to retain a strong facial profile while still ensuring the nose appears symmetrical and proportionate. In comparison, women who undergo rhinoplasty often desire a less dominant nose with a sharper, thinner nasal bridge. Dr. Sepehr takes these desires into account to help preserve the natural character of each person’s face.
While these factors will influence each respective procedure, both rhinoplasties will be performed with the objective of creating more proportion and harmony between the surrounding facial features. Dr. Sepehr will develop an optimal treatment plan with these characteristics in mind to achieve a balanced, natural-looking outcome.
Dr. Sepehr treats individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and recognizes that patients of different ethnicities have distinctions in their facial characteristics. This can especially be true with regard to the bones, cartilage, and overall framework of the nasal structure. In achieving a natural-looking result from rhinoplasty, it is often essential to consider the anatomical differences that make up a patient’s features. Dr. Sepehr tailors each rhinoplasty procedure to achieve an outcome that is harmonious to the ethnic character of a patient’s facial appearance, complementing their natural beauty within the context of their aesthetic goals. With this approach, individuals of every descent can attain optimal enhancement from the rhinoplasty procedure that looks beautiful and natural.
Rhinoplasty involves the standard risks that come with a surgical procedure, such as bleeding, infection, negative reactions to the anesthesia, poor wound healing, and changes in skin sensation. In addition, nose surgeries generally include the unique risk of:
If you are under the care of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, the rhinoplasty complications listed above should rarely occur. Needless to say, the best way to maximize the safety of your surgery is by selecting a qualified facial plastic surgeon who regularly performs nose procedures. Extensive experience performing rhinoplasty can increase the likelihood of achieving your desired outcome while minimizing the need for a secondary procedure.
Rhinoplasty is certainly an effective procedure to address damage caused by a broken nose or nasal injury. The first step in determining how to best repair your nasal break is to have your nose examined by a doctor or primary care physician. If you suffered a fracture that cannot be mended with manual realignment of the nose (known as a closed reduction), your doctor may suggest meeting with a plastic surgeon to discuss the rhinoplasty procedure. If he or she confirms that surgery is necessary to repair the nasal bones and cartilage, rhinoplasty can be an excellent technique to restore or improve the appearance of your nose. Alternatively, if you have difficulty breathing or experience a loss of function after your injury, you may require a septorhinoplasty to fully address the damage.
Septorhinoplasty is an operation designed to straighten the nasal septum in tandem with enhancing the appearance of the nose. This can allow patients to correct any cosmetic issues with their nose shape while also addressing any breathing problems. Dr. Sepehr can examine the extent of your injury and suggest an optimal treatment plan for your needs.
Revision rhinoplasty is designed to improve upon the results of a previous nose surgery. The procedure can address concerns that may exist with the nose’s aesthetic appearance and/or issues related to breathing function. While rhinoplasty typically has very high satisfaction rates, some patients who have undergone an initial procedure with a previous plastic surgeon may be dissatisfied with the final outcome. This may be due to poor healing from the original procedure, or results that simply fell short of an individual’s expectations. In any case, Dr. Sepehr offers revision rhinoplasty to enhance the form and function of the nose and achieve a patient’s original goals for surgery. The procedure can also be used to repair nose injuries that may have occurred after rhinoplasty.
If you have received rhinoplasty from another surgeon and are unhappy with the result, revision rhinoplasty from Dr. Sepehr may be able to help achieve the desired outcome. While often a more complicated surgery, Dr. Sepehr’s extensive experience and skill allows him to effectively address concerns in many cases, regardless of whether the issue is cosmetic or functional in nature. We encourage you to come in for a consultation if you have questions about revision rhinoplasty; every patient’s needs and goals are unique, and we will develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual characteristics.
Rhinoplasty is widely regarded as one of the most challenging facial plastic surgery procedures to perform, making it essential to select a rhinoplasty surgeon who is well-equipped to achieve a proportional, natural-looking result within the context of your needs and cosmetic goals. In researching whether a given surgeon is the right choice for you, the following suggestions may help you narrow down your options:
To learn more about what you should look for in a facial plastic surgeon, or to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice.
If you’re considering nose reshaping surgery and want to learn more, Dr. Sepehr has provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about this procedure. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to our team online or by phone.
Absolutely. We will tailor your treatment to best suit your anatomic needs and expressed goals. If you would also like to rejuvenate other areas of your face, both surgical and non-surgical options are available. Many patients like to enhance other features while improving the look of the nose. We offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic options for the face, including dermal fillers, laser skin resurfacing, and surgical techniques. Rhinoplasty should be performed by a qualified surgeon. If you would like more information on the rhinoplasty procedure, or you believe you are a good candidate for the cosmetic surgery, please contact Dr. Sepehr to schedule a consultation for rhinoplasty at our practice. He will be happy to address any concerns you may have about the surgery as well as answer any questions regarding other facial procedures during a one-on-one session.
In the days and weeks following your rhinoplasty procedure, a fair amount of swelling can be expected and may last for the next few months. Until the healing process is complete, these recovery tips may help you experience a smoother period of downtime: