Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Contemplating nose surgery?

Last modified: August 16, 2011

Mitchell Grasseschi, M.D., FACS
Plastic Surgeon

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa
and Contributing Writer

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

When it comes to nose surgery, there are two types of procedures: septoplasty and rhinoplasty.  Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery to change the shape of the patient’s nose.  Septoplasty is a reconstructive procedure designed to improve breathing and nasal function.  It is possible for a patient to get both surgeries done of the patient is unhappy with the aesthetics of their nose and suffers from breathing complications.

Overall, nose surgery is a high-satisfactory surgery, as long as you choose a qualified surgeon who understands your needs and expectations. Nose surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. According to, rhinoplasty received a 75% satisfaction rate – that is a great number for any plastic surgery. 


Rhinoplasty surgery generally lasts one to two hours and is usually an outpatient procedure.  Although it has a high satisfaction rate, nose surgery shouldn’t even be considered until the body and facial features have fully developed.  Rhinoplasty should generally be delayed until high school or 15 years old.


Recovery periods vary depending upon the concern and expectation.  All rhinoplasty patients should have realistic expectations for their surgery.  Before the surgery, it is best to bring in pictures for your plastic surgeon and have an open mind.  In order for surgeries to be successful for both the patient and surgeon, a common idea of the outcome must be established.

In the age of toxins and dermal fillers, a decent “nose job” can be achieved through dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Artefill, permanent facial filler. This method corrects mild to moderate nasal imperfections, without having to undergo surgery. It can’t decrease the size of a nose but it manipulates bumps and ridges, which then straightens a profile or correct irregularities.  The new nose blends with the rest of the facial features better, which makes the nose imperfections less noticeable.

Schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon for more information on non-surgical or surgical rhinoplasty or nose surgery.

What is Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)?

Rhinoplasty is cosmetic surgery on the nose to improve the size, shape, symmetry, of the nose or to correct for medical problems such as a deviated septum that can hinder breathing.

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A Good Candidate for Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

A good candidate for nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is someone who strongly dislikes the shape, size, or symmetry of their nose. A good candidate for rhinoplasty is also someone with a deviated septum or wants to fix a nasal breathing problem.

Preparing for Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

While preparing for your nose surgery surgery (rhinoplasty), plastic surgeons will meticulously examine your nose and facial features to advise you on the best type of procedure. You will need to be as clear as possible in conveying your desired results to your doctor.

Open and Closed Rhinoplasty

Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) procedures can range from subtle aesthetic changes to more extreme remodeling. Open rhinoplasty allows the surgeon more visible access to the nose while closed rhinoplasty is best for simpler procedures.

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Recovery

Your doctor will provide you with a number of instructions on how to properly recovery from your nose surgery (rhinoplasty). You will need to wear a splint for the first week after your surgery and then should be able to return to daily activities that avoid strenuous activity.

Rhinoplasty Revision

The difference between satisfied and dissatisfied results of nose surgery can be less than a millimeter. Therefore, many people seek nose surgery (rhinoplasty) revision to improve the results of their initial surgery.

Risks and Side Effects of Rhinoplasty

The risks and side effects of nose surgery (rhinoplasty) are best avoided by discussing the possibilities with your doctor and committing yourself thoroughly to your recovery in the period after your surgery.

Cost of Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

The cost the nose surgery (rhinoplasty) usually ranges from $2,500 to $5,000. This estimate, however, does not include a number of other factors that play into the total cost of rhinoplasty.

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