If you have always been bothered by your nose shape or simply wish to improve your facial harmony, rhinoplasty may be able to achieve the look you’ve always desired. Cosmetic nose surgery is a highly popular technique to recontour the nose and the results can potentially enhance your entire facial appearance. Many patients pursue rhinoplasty to address long-held insecurities about their nose, but the procedure can also repair a broken nose and/or a deviated septum.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Nose surgery—also referred to as rhinoplasty—is a facial plastic surgery procedure designed to reshape the nose to create a more favorable and proportional facial aesthetic. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular surgical procedures in the United States and is performed hundreds of thousands of times per year. The operation typically involves removing and sculpting an individual’s nasal tissues in order to reduce the size of the nose and create an improved facial balance. In some cases, rhinoplasty can also be utilized to improve breathing function through the nasal passages. Results of the procedure are unique to each individual, depending on factors such as age, anatomical nasal and facial structure, genetic inheritances, and the thickness and condition of a patient’s skin. Nose surgery generally allows individuals to achieve improved facial proportions and an enhanced overall appearance.
Every person has unique reasons for considering rhinoplasty, some of which may include:
- To make the nose and facial features more proportional
- To reduce the size or width of a nose that appears large or wide
- To correct a hump, bump, or an overly arched or “Roman” nose
- To remove a “ball” on the tip of the nose
- To reshape a nose tip that appears crooked or pointed
- To perform secondary surgery following a previous rhinoplasty
- To treat nasal birth deformities or defects
What Can Rhinoplasty Address?
During your consultation, Dr. Joe Gryskiewicz or Dr. Karan Chopra—our experienced plastic surgeons—will ask you about your goals and expectations for surgery. Depending on your anatomy, rhinoplasty can improve a number of issues concerning:
- The nasal bridge— nose surgery can achieve more harmonious facial features by correcting bumps in the nasal bridge, straightening a crooked bridge, or making the nasal bridge thinner or wider.
- The nasal tip— rhinoplasty can reshape the nasal tip to appear wider or more narrow, as well as raise or lower the angle of the tip.
- The nostrils— when nostrils appear overly prominent or slight in comparison to the rest of the facial features, surgical enhancement can increase or decrease the size in relation to your facial proportions for a more balanced aesthetic.
- The septum— a deviated septum often causes breathing problems; however, nose surgery can effectively repair and realign the septum to help improve airflow through the nasal passages.
While the surgical results of each patient differ, we invite you to look through our patient gallery of rhinoplasty before-and-after photos to gain an idea of what can be accomplished with nose surgery.
Who is a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty are typically those who are in relatively good health to withstand the surgery and post-operative recovery process. Prior to the procedure, the doctors will ask you to fill out a questionnaire, examine your facial structure and anatomical features, review your medical history, and ask you what you wish to accomplish with nose surgery by using drawings, computer images, a work sheet, and extensive notes. In this way, he can gain a comprehensive understanding of your desires to ensure the surgical outcome aligns with your expectations.
Candidates for rhinoplasty may also include patients who are interested in correcting a previous nose surgery that resulted in complications or dissatisfaction over the years. Our doctors can perform revision rhinoplasty for individuals who would like to address concerns from an initial rhinoplasty performed by another surgeon.
Dr. Joe, Thank you so much for giving me such a beautiful, nice new nose. I really like what you’ve done. You’ve made one of my life long goals and dreams come true.
Does Rhinoplasty Differ Between Males and Females?
Rhinoplasty can benefit both male and female patients who wish to achieve a more harmonious balance between their facial features. A question frequently asked is whether surgical techniques differ according to sex. While there is no significant difference between the way surgery is performed on men versus women, there is generally a distinction in the patient’s unique anatomy and desired cosmetic outcome. For example, women typically have a less prominent nasal bridge than men, and often desire a smaller nasal structure when compared to male patients. Although these characteristics are common patterns, there are no set “rules” governing male and female rhinoplasty techniques and each procedure is entirely customized according to the needs and preferences of each patient. Rhinoplasty is the perfect blend of science and art, offering many benefits to men and women alike.
How is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?
For the operation, our doctors will utilize general anesthesia. The duration of surgery is typically one to three hours. To begin, tiny incisions on the inside or outside of the nose are made to allow access to the nasal structure under the skin. Once the skin is opened, the cartilage and bone can be reshaped to form the foundation for the nose’s new aesthetic.
Open Rhinoplasty vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
The “open” and “closed” techniques are the two basic methods of performing rhinoplasty. In the open technique, the incision is placed on the columella in the area between the nostrils. This allows for optimal visibility and control over the operation. The closed technique places incisions internally for a faster rate of healing when compared to an open approach. During the initial consultation, our doctors can help determine which approach is the most beneficial according to your unique needs.
What is Recovery From a Rhinoplasty Like?
After surgery, patients may notice some swelling. This should dissipate within a few weeks, with minor swelling potentially experienced up to one year post-operatively. A splint, bandage, and/or gauze is applied following the procedure to immobilize the nose and facilitate the healing process. During recovery, patients are required to abstain from smoking for six weeks before and after surgery. Furthermore, corrective lenses and glasses should be taped up to minimize contact with the nose. The nose should also be very well protected from sun exposure for the first year after surgery.
The possibility of visible scarring differs based on the technique used during your operation. With the open technique, patients may notice some slight residual scarring where the incisions were made. However, individuals often report that existing scars appear significantly faded or virtually invisible once healing is complete. With the closed technique, there should be no visible scarring since the incisions are made internally—the exception is when a patient’s nostrils are narrowed, in which case fine scars at the nostril base are generally required.
The recovery process for rhinoplasty can often be accelerated with plenty of rest and limited movement. Patients may feel minor pain in the nasal area, but this discomfort can be managed with oral pain medication and/or cold compresses applied for the first 24 hours after surgery. Following the detailed post-operative instructions provided by our doctors can typically decrease the risk of complications while you heal.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
Given the personalized nature of the procedure, the cost of rhinoplasty is similarly customized according to each patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. There are many factors that can influence your overall nose surgery expenses, including:
- The surgical technique used
- Whether you have undergone a previous nose surgery and would require a secondary rhinoplasty
- The extent of concerns to be addressed
- The complexity of your surgery
These details can be determined once our doctors evaluate your concerns in a consultation, after which a member of our office will provide you with a personalized quote. Generally speaking, the cost of rhinoplasty in Minneapolis can range from $7,000 to $14,000 depending on your unique treatment plan. If you prefer to pay for your rhinoplasty over an extended period of time, our doctors work with highly reputable plastic surgery financing companies to make the cost of treatment more affordable. Offering a number of flexible payment plans with low monthly installments, financing through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit can enable qualified applicants to receive the enhancement they desire while suiting any budgetary concerns. If you have any questions about the respective application processes, or our accepted modes of payment, please reach out to a member of our team.
Can I Get a Non-Surgical or “Medical” Rhinoplasty?
While a surgical rhinoplasty is typically the most long-lasting and effective technique to improve the appearance of the nose, patients who prefer to avoid surgery can still achieve some degree of enhancement with a liquid rhinoplasty. This non-surgical alternative involves strategically combining certain dermal fillers and injectable treatments to recontour the nose according to your desired aesthetic. Using medical-grade fillers like Restylane®, our doctors can meticulously inject the solution to straighten bumps on the nasal bridge, fill in hollowed regions, or generally improve the dimensions of the nose. Although the results of a liquid rhinoplasty are less enduring than nose surgery, this treatment can be a convenient way to alter the nasal framework without the need for extensive downtime.
Additional Rhinoplasty FAQs
What should I look for in a rhinoplasty surgeon?
When researching the best plastic surgeon to perform your nose surgery, you should select a physician who makes you feel confident in their ability to achieve your goals. Pay attention to a surgeon’s certifications, educational background, training, and professional memberships to get an idea of their experience with aesthetic surgery. After you find a prospective surgeon you’re interested in, be sure to explore their gallery of rhinoplasty results. If you decide to schedule an initial consultation, don’t be afraid to ask how often they perform rhinoplasty and about their experience with the procedure. Most importantly, make sure your plastic surgeon answers all your questions thoroughly and patiently without urging you to go through with surgery.
How can I reduce swelling after rhinoplasty?
There are many ways to decrease swelling after nose surgery, such as resting with your head slightly elevated, using cool compresses as instructed, and sticking to a healthy post-operative diet. Our plastic surgeons will use gauze and/or nasal splints to help encourage proper healing. It is important to note that although some swelling may last as long as one year after the procedure, the majority of inflammation should resolve within the first few months.
When can I blow my nose after rhinoplasty?
Given the delicate state of the nasal bones and cartilage after rhinoplasty, patients should avoid blowing their nose for at least two weeks. This timeframe may vary based on your procedure and unique rate of healing. Prematurely blowing the nose while the nasal framework is fragile can cause a number of complications, such as bleeding, increased swelling, and even an altered final outcome. Your plastic surgeon will let you know when it is safe to blow your nose again in your follow-up appointments.
How long after rhinoplasty can I wear glasses?
Those who wear glasses should switch to contacts for at least four to eight weeks following their procedure. Both prescription glasses and sunglasses can place unnecessary pressure on the nose while it is healing, therefore it is best to avoid anything that may potentially strain the nasal bridge. Your plastic surgeon can give you a more accurate idea of when you can expect to resume wearing glasses at your consultation.
How do I clean my nose after rhinoplasty?
If you have congestion after surgery and you are not allowed to blow your nose, you can clean out your nasal passages by gently rinsing the nostrils with saline nasal spray.
For more information about rhinoplasty, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our practice in Burnsville or Edina today.