Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

What is rhinoplasty?

face010Due to its central location, the nose can have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the face. Nose reshaping surgery, known as rhinoplasty, can help to modify the size, shape, and angle of the nose so that it harmonizes with the other facial features. Additionally, rhinoplasty can also correct and repair functional issues, allowing a patient to breathe easier as well as to achieve a more aesthetically appealing look. Our board certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Hankins and Dr. Sohn, utilize the latest techniques to address a comprehensive range of simple and complex nasal concerns. If you’re dissatisfied with your nose for cosmetic or functional reasons, our plastic surgery practice may be able to help.

If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty, contact our practice today. Our friendly and knowledgeable medical team can answer your questions and help you to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Ethnic and Asian Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic surgery should be customized to suit the individual needs and goals of the patient to achieve the optimal outcome, and this often includes taking into consideration a person’s ethnic background. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and what may be flattering and appealing to one person may not be so for another. Respecting the differences that make each race and ethnicity unique allows our surgeons to provide natural-looking results while enhancing the appearance and function of this area.

Revision Rhinoplasty

If you had rhinoplasty performed by another surgeon and are dissatisfied with the results, our plastic surgeons can often enhance your outcome through a secondary procedure called revision rhinoplasty. This technique may also be used if insufficient improvement in breathing is attained in the primary rhinoplasty operation. Revision rhinoplasty tends to be considerably more complex than the first surgery, which is why it is essential to choose a plastic surgeon with the skill and artistic vision to achieve the desired outcome. Our surgeons are extensively trained and have decades of experience performing primary and secondary rhinoplasty.

Choosing a Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Nose surgery is a delicate and complex operation, and selecting a qualified and capable plastic surgeon to perform the procedure is an important part of achieving the desired outcome. Plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, like Dr. Hankins and Dr. Sohn, have extensive training in performing facial plastic surgery. To remain board certified, they are required to complete continuing education courses to ensure they are familiar with the latest techniques and technology. This is designed to enhance patient safety and results. We also encourage patients considering this procedure to review a prospective surgeon’s rhinoplasty before-and-after photo gallery. By examining what the physician can accomplish, you will develop a better understanding of their skill and whether they can help you in your goals.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty is a highly precise surgery that requires extensive training, abundant experience, and an artistic eye to achieve optimal results. Your needs and goals will be unique to you, and our plastic surgeons will discuss your plans during the initial consultation to form a clear idea of your desired outcome. Dr. Hankins and Dr. Sohn can address a multitude of concerns, including nasal humps, bridge width, nostril size, nasal tip angle, nose height, deviated septum, and more. Drs. Hankins and Sohn also recognize that men and women often have different aesthetic goals. We make every effort to ensure your final nose shape flatters you, and your care, comfort, and results are our highest priorities.

There are multiple rhinoplasty techniques available, including “open” and “closed” approaches. An open method involves creating an incision in the columella, which is the skin that separates the two nostrils. This option provides more direct access to the internal structures and nasal tissues. The closed method typically has no external incisions and can result in less swelling; however, it’s not appropriate for every patient. Drs. Hankins and Sohn will inform you which treatment can give you the best result possible, and they can help guide your final decision.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Nose reshaping surgery typically will be an outpatient procedure, and you should be able to return home soon after the operation. It’s important for you to keep your head elevated for about the first week after surgery, and you can use several stacked pillows to help provide the right amount of lift when lying down. You should also take time off from work and regular activities for about 7-10 days, or as long as Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn recommend. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least a month, and perhaps longer depending on whether the type of recreation could lead to a nasal injury. You will likely experience significant bruising and swelling on the face for the first two-to four days, which should subside quickly after that point. To enhance your comfort during this period, we can provide prescription medication to manage your pain. Some patience will be necessary during the healing process to ensure your outcome is as discussed. Within a few weeks of surgery, however, your nose should look normal to others. Although some minor swelling may continue to resolve over the next year, this may not be noticeable to you.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) About Rhinoplasty

We know you likely have many questions about rhinoplasty, so our surgeons have answered some of the more common ones to help you in your research. If you would like additional information, or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.

What are the pros and cons of rhinoplasty?

Nose surgery is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic enhancement procedures. This technique is designed to enhance the cosmetic appearance of the nose, and can also be used to improve breathing function. Rhinoplasty can modify the size and shape of the nose in many ways, including changing the width of the bridge, addressing humps or bumps, altering the angle of the tip, reducing or expanding the size of the nostrils, and several other features. During your initial consultation, our doctors will discuss your goals and evaluate your needs to develop a customized treatment plan.

Can rhinoplasty improve my breathing problems?

Absolutely. Rhinoplasty is often used to address breathing problems and issues with congestion that may be caused by a patient’s anatomy. This technique is sometimes called septoplasty, as it often requires modifying the wall that separates the two nostrils, which is called the septum. A deviated septum can cause a blockage in one or both nasal passages, leading to difficulties breathing and other concerns. Our team can determine if a deviated septum or another condition is affecting your ability to breathe and take that into consideration when devising your treatment plan.

How much does rhinoplasty cost?

The price of rhinoplasty will vary based on the details of your individualized treatment plan. Factors like the complexity of the procedure, whether this is a primary or secondary surgery, and other considerations will play a role in the final cost. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the national average for rhinoplasty is $5,046; however, this only covers the surgeon’s fee. Total expenses for this operation will also include the hospital fee and anesthesia fee. To help you make the best decision for your lifestyle and budget, we will provide a detailed breakdown of the estimated cost for your treatment. Not every practice does this, so be sure and ask what is included in any quote you receive. As an additional service, we also offer plastic surgery financing options to make payment as simple and convenient as possible.

What will rhinoplasty scars look like?

Most patients heal very well after nose surgery, and many find the scars unnoticeable. The location of the incision will depend on whether you have an open or closed procedure. If the technique used is a closed one, you may not have any visible scars. An open rhinoplasty uses an incision on the fleshy bridge between the nostrils to gain access to the internal structures. This, too, should heal to the point that the average person likely would not notice the mark. To further enhance the result, our practice offers laser skin resurfacing to help minimize the appearance of an operation.

For more information on nose reshaping, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary appointment with Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn, please contact our office at (702) 948-7595.