Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure designed to surgically refine the external appearance of the nose or correct any structural irregularities that may be causing impaired breathing function. For individuals concerned with the proportions of their nose as it relates to the rest of their face, rhinoplasty can effectively reshape the components of the nasal structure—including the nostrils, tip, septum, or bridge—or adjust the nose’s overall dimensions to achieve improved aesthetic balance between surrounding facial features. While rhinoplasty is commonly considered for cosmetic purposes, the procedure can also be utilized reconstructively to repair a deviated septum or otherwise improve breathing function. With notable expertise in advanced nose-contouring techniques during his advanced aesthetic rhinoplasty fellowship in Beverly hills—along with his subsequent 16 years of aesthetic surgery experience in his Scottsdale private practice—plastic surgeon Geoffrey Leber, MD, FACS is extensively trained and experienced in delivering beautiful results that can appear natural and complement your facial profile.
What Can Rhinoplasty Do for Me?
Surgical rhinoplasty can create enhanced facial harmony by cosmetically altering certain parts of the nasal structure. Bumps can be straightened, the nasal width or nostrils can be narrowed, and a protruding nasal tip can be corrected or modified. With a well-trained aesthetic eye, Dr. Leber customizes each procedure according to your own unique needs and reasons for surgery. After a careful consultation, he can develop a treatment plan designed to fulfill your surgical goals and ultimately attain your cosmetic ideal. In general, the procedure may be performed to:
- Increase or decrease the width of the nasal structure
- Reshape the nostrils
- Adjust the angle of the nasal tip
- Remove bumps in the nasal bridge
- Recontour the nasal bridge to appear wider or more narrow
- Restore symmetry
- Repair a deviated septum
- Revise a previous nose surgery
Rhinoplasty can also be utilized to restore the appearance of the nose after a traumatic injury, or correct a deformity or birth defect. In addition, for those pursuing rhinoplasty to address functional concerns, the opportunity can be utilized to refine the nose aesthetically, if desired. To see the potential results of what can be achieved with rhinoplasty surgery, please feel free to peruse the rhinoplasty before-and-after photos in our patient gallery.
What is Recovery Like for Rhinoplasty?
Following the procedure, soft material or a splint may be utilized to help the nose maintain its new shape until the healing process is complete. Patients will experience some degree of bruising or swelling after surgery, which can obscure the results of rhinoplasty; however, your new nasal contour should be fully revealed as swelling continues to dissipate. Any discomfort can usually be managed well with oral pain medication, and most patients can typically make a full return to normal activity within one to two weeks. After rhinoplasty, the final cosmetic outcome is generally an improved aesthetic balance between facial proportions for an enhanced facial appearance overall. If the surgery was pursued for functional purposes, the structural deficits in the nose that may have been inhibiting proper breathing function should be corrected.
How is Rhinoplasty Performed?
During a thorough consultation, you and Dr. Leber will discuss your concerns in regard to the aesthetic appearance and function of your nose. He will then formulate a treatment plan custom-tailored to fulfill your surgical expectations and attain a natural-looking result.
Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Depending on your unique facial anatomy and the details of your treatment plan, the surgery will utilize either the “closed” or “open” technique. Closed rhinoplasty involves placing incisions within the internal nasal structure, while open rhinoplasty is performed by placing incisions between the nostrils. Both incision locations can allow little to no visible scarring once fully healed. After the incisions are made, Dr. Leber can adjust the underlying bone and cartilage to provide the new framework for the nasal structure and achieve the desired cosmetic result. The rhinoplasty procedure usually takes one to two hours to complete, although the exact duration is dependent on the complexity of your treatment plan.
For more information about the rhinoplasty procedure, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leber, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our practice today.
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