Rhinoplasty / Nose Surgery
Nose surgery (also known as rhinoplasty) can address both functional and aesthetic concerns. This reshaping procedure can improve overall facial appearance, nasal aesthetics, and nasal proportion, as well as increase ease of breathing in certain patients. Most incisions are hidden. Dr. Carpin will study the dimensions of your nose and develop a surgical plan customized to the areas of concern.
Who is a candidate for nasal surgery or rhinoplasty?
Healthy patients who have the desire to change the appearance of their nose. Ideal candidates have completed facial growth and are non-smoking.
The procedure begins with placing you under heavy sedation or under a general anesthetic. The procedure time varies depending on the goals of the nasal reshaping, ranging from 3-4 hours. Dr. Carpin performs open rhinoplasty, which involves placing a small incision under the tip of your nose, which is well concealed. Next, the skin is elevated and the cartilage and bone can then be visualized to reshape the necessary elements. Some patients may benefit from cartilage grafts or narrowing of the nasal bones. Cartilage grafts often come from the nasal septum, which is in the middle of your nose. If necessary, a deviated septum can be corrected. Once the nose is sculpted, sutures are placed to close the incisions. Nasal packing and a splint are placed after surgery. Patients can opt for an overnight hospital stay to improve comfort.
Patients commonly experience discomfort, light bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Nasal packing and the splint is removed 5 days after surgery. Keeping the head elevated during rest will help reduce swelling. Avoid nose blowing, sneezing through your nose, and bending over. Patients can typically return to work after 1-2 weeks, often requiring makeup application to cover bruising. Avoid hitting or rubbing the nose for 2 months after surgery. Complete nasal swelling can take several months to resolve.
Nasal surgery can help smooth bumps on the nasal bridge, narrow a wide bridge, improve the tip position or size, change the nostrils or improve size or symmetry. Nasal surgery can include a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum and improve nasal breathing.
The average cost is between $4,000-$5,050 depending on the degree of correction desired. A consultation with Dr. Carpin is required to get a personalized quote.
The most common risks are bruising, swelling, discomfort, mild bleeding, and nasal congestion. Additional surgical risks will be discussed in the consultation.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure.