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What is Rhinoplasty?

Nose surgery, medically known as rhinoplasty, can help improve both the form and function of your nose. If you have experienced self-consciousness or many years of low self-esteem because of the way your nose looks, experienced plastic surgeon Scott Miller, MD can perform this procedure to restore balance among your facial features for results that look natural. Rhinoplasty can also be helpful for patients with breathing problems due to nasal issues, such as a deviated septum. Whether you are considering rhinoplasty for functional or cosmetic reasons, Dr. Miller performs this facial plastic surgery procedure to address your concerns and successfully meet your needs.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

There is no single “perfect” or “designer” nose. Cosmetic nasal surgery simply brings the nose into harmony with the rest of the face. This can be accomplished by reducing the overall size, removing a bump, narrowing or widening the sides of the nose, or improving the details of the nasal tip and the angle between the nose and upper lip. Unbalanced, crooked, or curved noses can be straightened and made more symmetrical. From a functional standpoint, breathing can be improved and a deviated septum can be corrected.

Simply put, the nostrils, nasal tip, bridge, or septum can be altered to achieve your desired look. Every patient pursues rhinoplasty for different reasons, but most candidates for nose surgery are bothered by:

Dr. Miller personalizes nose surgery to enhance facial harmony while preserving the character of your face for results that appear natural. With consideration of the concerns you would like to correct, he uses advanced nose contouring techniques to achieve your cosmetic goals.

Dr. Miller will meet with you for an initial consultation to discuss your needs and goals. During this meeting, he will explain all aspects of the rhinoplasty procedure, including the potential risks and benefits of treatment. Dr. Miller encourages you to ask any questions you may have and he will be happy to address all of your concerns

How is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?

Working from either entirely inside the nose, or through small incisions made on the undersurface of the nose just before it meets the upper lip, Dr. Miller will carefully modify and reshape nasal bones and cartilage to create the desired results. Incisions made on the outside of the nose are strategically placed so that any residual scarring should be virtually undetectable.

Rhinoplasty usually takes between one to three hours to complete. After surgery, a cast is temporarily placed to maintain the new shape and protect the nose. Splints may also be inserted inside the nose for extra support. Rhinoplasty can typically be performed on an outpatient basis.

What is Recovery From Rhinoplasty Like?

Patients are usually up and around in a day or two following the rhinoplasty procedure. Head elevation and placing cold compresses on the eyes for a brief period after surgery can minimize swelling and bruising. Any lasting discomfort can be controlled with medication. The splints and cast are typically removed within a week. Most bruising fades within 7 to 10 days, allowing an inconspicuous return to work and other daily activities. There will be subtle swelling of the nose, which recedes slowly over time. It’s important to be extra cautious about protecting the nose from harm during the recovery period.

The full benefits of rhinoplasty should become evident over the next several weeks and months. The final result can be a permanent improvement which lasts a lifetime!

View rhinoplasty before-and-after photos, featuring some of our previous patients.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

Rhinoplasty is designed to create balance among the facial features for a proportionate result. As the central characteristic of the face, refining the nasal dimensions can typically bring your other features—such as your cheeks, eyes, and lips—into greater harmony for an enhanced aesthetic overall. The techniques used to perform rhinoplasty vary from patient to patient, and the price of rhinoplasty will be unique to each individual as well. Rhinoplasty fees usually range from $6,000 to $10,000. Common factors that usually affect the cost of nose surgery include:

Once Dr. Miller sees you in a consultation, our Patient Care Coordinator will present you with a personalized quote and full price breakdown. We appreciate the need to bring the cost of rhinoplasty into your budget, which is why we work with CareCredit®. This plastic surgery financing option offers qualified applicants a number of payment plans with low monthly installments to suit your unique budget. Please reach out to our team for more information on our accepted modes of payment.

Is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Possible?

In some cases, minimally invasive dermal fillers such as Restylane® or JUVÉDERM® can be used to smooth bumps in the nasal bridge and recontour the nose for temporary enhancement. This is often referred to as a “liquid rhinoplasty.” However, the aesthetic goals that can be achieved with this technique are limited in scope and the outcome will eventually require retreatment. Since rhinoplasty allows your plastic surgeon to permanently refine the bones and cartilage of the nasal framework, there is currently no non-surgical treatment that can mirror the quality of results achieved by nose surgery.

Choosing the Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon for You

While you are in the process of selecting a skilled plastic surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty, there are many factors that you should consider to ensure you are in the hands of a surgeon who is well-qualified to achieve your desired results. These considerations may include:

While deciding who to entrust with your safety and appearance may seem like a daunting task, keeping these factors in mind throughout the research process can help you find the best rhinoplasty surgeon for your needs and goals. If you have any questions, please reach out to Miller Cosmetic Surgery for more information.

Rhinoplasty FAQ

Will I have a scar after rhinoplasty?

Visible scarring should be virtually undetectable after surgery, as Dr. Miller places the incision either internally or within the crease of the columella (the strip of tissue between the nostrils).

How can I reduce swelling after rhinoplasty?

It’s normal for swelling around the nose to persist for a few months after surgery, but using nasal tape and applying cold compresses around the cheeks can help manage swelling until it subsides completely. Furthermore, keeping the head elevated above the heart while sleeping can minimize inflammation by promoting blood flow. After your procedure, Dr. Miller and his team will give you additional instructions on how to reduce post-operative swelling.

When can I blow my nose after rhinoplasty?

You should avoid blowing your nose for two to four weeks after rhinoplasty, although this timeframe may vary according to which parts of the nasal structure were operated on during your surgery. While it’s normal to feel stuffed up following rhinoplasty, blowing your nose with excess force may cause bleeding. Dr. Miller will advise you on the best way to manage congestion in the first few weeks after rhinoplasty.

How long until I can wear glasses after rhinoplasty?

It’s best to avoid putting any type of excess pressure on the nose while it heals, so you should avoid wearing glasses and sunglasses for at least four weeks after your surgery.

How do I clean my nose after rhinoplasty?

To clean the inside of your nose without damaging the healing tissue, you can gently remove dried mucus and blood from the nostrils using hydrogen peroxide, an over-the-counter solution, and a Q-tip. You can also apply a rinse of saline solution through a bulb—making sure to keep the tip of the bulb at the base of the nose—to irrigate the nostrils and prevent dryness in the nasal lining.

Please contact Dr. Scott Miller for more information on rhinoplasty, or to schedule a consultation. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.