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 patients dissatisfied 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. Plastic surgeon Geoffrey Leber, MD, FACS is extensively trained and experienced in delivering beautiful rhinoplasty results that appear natural. In addition to learning advanced nose-contouring techniques during a prestigious rhinoplasty fellowship in Beverly Hills, Dr. Leber has decades of experience at his Scottsdale private practice achieving first-rate results that can complement your facial profile.
- Rhinoplasty Benefits
- Rhinoplasty Candidates
- Rhinoplasty Procedure
- Rhinoplasty Recovery
- Rhinoplasty Cost
- Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
What Concerns Can Rhinoplasty Address?
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.
Who is a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can benefit patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose, or who wish to improve their breathing by correcting a deviated septum. Those considering rhinoplasty should also be in good physical health to undergo surgery, with no major medical conditions. It is also important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure, and Dr. Leber can help you in determining whether the cosmetic changes you desire are possible with rhinoplasty. Your consultation will be an excellent opportunity to learn about every aspect of rhinoplasty, allowing you to make a well-informed decision about whether to proceed with surgery. Since smoking has been known to inhibit the recovery process, patients who smoke may not be good candidates for the procedure.
How is Rhinoplasty Surgery 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.
Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
Depending on your unique facial anatomy and the changes you wish to see, rhinoplasty 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. In most cases, open rhinoplasty is the best technique for more complex alterations to the nasal structure, such as decreasing the rate of projection in the nasal tip or revision rhinoplasty procedures. This incision allows easier access to the bone and cartilage of the nose, providing full visibility of the nasal framework. Closed rhinoplasty is usually better suited for primary rhinoplasty and cases that require minimal nose reshaping. 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 nose and achieve the desired 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.
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 Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that the surgical fee for a rhinoplasty is approximately $5,200. However, this figure is a nationwide average and does not includes expenses for the surgical facility, anesthesia, post-operative care, or other related fees. In general, the ultimate price of rhinoplasty in Boston depends on:
- Whether the open or closed technique was utilized
- The complexity of the procedure
- Whether the procedure was a primary or secondary (revision) rhinoplasty
An accurate quote of your rhinoplasty procedure will be provided after your consultation with Dr. Leber. We believe high-quality cosmetic surgery should be an affordable option for all who desire it, which is why our practice accepts plastic surgery financing plans from CareCredit® and Prosper® Healthcare Lending. These companies provide an array of flexible payment plans for qualified patients who prefer to pay in installments. For more information, please call our practice to speak with a member of our team.
Can I Get a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
While there is no non-surgical treatment that can match the results achieved with rhinoplasty, Dr. Leber can still use minimally invasive techniques to slightly recontour and modify the nose. In a simple in-office treatment called a “liquid rhinoplasty,” strategic injections of dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® can be administered to improve some aspects of the nose appearance, such as smoothing bumps in the nasal bridge. The results of a liquid rhinoplasty will be temporary, but this non-surgical alternative can be ideal for patients who prefer to avoid a recovery period or who are seeking quick enhancement before a wedding, event, or special occasion. As a liquid rhinoplasty simply uses a volumizing filler to adjust the shape of the nose, there are certain concerns that cannot be addressed non-surgically. Dr. Leber will help you determine whether nose surgery or minimally invasive treatment is the best course of action to achieve your cosmetic goals.
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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