What is Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is one of the most commonly performed facial surgeries. In addition to the procedure being performed for aesthetic improvement, a rhinoplasty may also be performed to improve breathing problems caused by functional nasal issues and sinus disease.
As rhinoplasty is commonly felt to be among the most complex facial plastic surgical procedures, it is important the rhinoplasty surgeon is expertly trained and experienced. Dr. Rachel is a uniquely qualified surgeon who is triple board certified in facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology head and neck surgery and Cosmetic Surgery. This gives him the ideal expertise to both reshape the nose aesthetically while also maintaining its important functionality.
Rhinoplasty Related Procedures
Changes to the outside appearance of the nose is often performed in conjunction with functional nasal surgery to improve breathing and symptoms of sinusitis:
Other procedures that are often combined with rhinoplasty:
Dorsal hump reduction and complex tip refinement by Dr. Rachel
What Is a Closed Rhinoplasty?
A closed rhinoplasty makes minor to moderate adjustments to the nose without requiring external incisions. This approach is commonly employed in patients who have a limited deformity of the tip and are interested in changes to the dorsum of the nose. The incisions for a closed rhinoplasty are made within the nostrils so that they will be hidden to you and everyone else.
What Is an Open Rhinoplasty?
An open rhinoplasty is sometimes required for patients who need more detailed or extensive correction to the nasal tip and dorsum with the possible need for osteotomies and cartilage grafts. An open rhinoplasty requires a small external incision across the columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils) so that the skin can be lifted to reveal the full internal structure of the nose. While this technique requires an external incision, the incision will usually heal well and become inconspicuous.
June 25, 2020
“Dr. Rachel and his staff were nothing short of EXCELLENT. They were all extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. You can definitely tell that Dr. R is an expert at what he does. I was very nervous for rhinoplasty surgery but my experience was better than I could’ve imagined from start to finish. A++” Jessie B.
June 24, 2020
“I got a septoplasty from Dr. Rachel and he was amazing! He was so helpful throughout the whole process and the procedure was so easy! I’ve had an awesome recovery with manageable pain and swelling. There was a day about a month after surgery that I ran a high fever and after testing negative for COVID, Dr. Rachel had me come in, despite his office being closed for the day. He cares about his patients and is truly great! His receptionist team and nurses are so incredibly helpful and nice” Christina C.
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are healthy teens and adults who are dissatisfied with the size and shape of their nose but have realistic expectations for what the surgery can accomplish (i.e., they are not expecting perfection).
How Old Do I Need to Be for a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty should only be performed once all facial growth is completed. This typically occurs at 16 or 17 years of age but may vary from person to person. Teenagers who are interested in undergoing a rhinoplasty should have the consent of a parent or guardian and should be mature and emotionally adjusted enough to handle this type of physical change.
Is Rhinoplasty Covered by Insurance?
Because rhinoplasty is primarily a cosmetic procedure, insurance doesn’t cover it. However, insurance companies may cover partial costs of a surgery performed to correct a breathing and/or sinus abnormalities. MetropolitanMD understands that the choice to undergo a rhinoplasty can become a financial burden. This is why we offer financial options through Care Credit. Our staff is happy to discuss your financing options with you during your consultation.
What Does a Rhinoplasty Cost?
A myriad of factors can affect the total cost of rhinoplasty, including surgeon fees, location, surgical facility fee, anesthesia fees, medical tests, and prescriptions. Choosing a surgeon should be based on quality, training, and experience—not cost. There is no denying the refined, natural results that come from having your rhinoplasty performed by a an experienced triple board certified Chicago, IL surgeon. A cost estimate can be provided after your in-person consultation with Dr. Rachel.
What Aspects of The Nose Can Be Improved with Rhinoplasty?
The shape and size of almost any characteristic of the nose can be improved with rhinoplasty, including the tip, nostrils, bridge, angle between the nose and upper lip, and the overall projection of the nose. A deviated septum can also be straightened to clear the nasal passage and improve breathing (known as septoplasty).
What Is the Recovery After Rhinoplasty?
You will experience bruising and swelling around your nose following your procedure. You may feel congested or have trouble breathing due to the nasal swelling and dressing. Discomfort can be controlled using oral pain medication. You will need to rest with your head elevated for at least one week following your surgery. Most patients can return to work within two weeks of their surgery. You will be required to limit your physical activities for up to four weeks following rhinoplasty. The majority of your swelling should subside within six weeks, after which your final results will become more apparent. Final healing may take up to one year.
How Much Pain is Involved with Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Anesthesia is used to prevent pain during and immediately after the procedure. It is common to develop some pain and discomfort in the hours and days following your surgery once the anesthesia exits your system and swelling develops. Prescribed oral medication can alleviate this discomfort. Alternatively, some patients decide to rely on over-the-counter pain medication, like TYLENOL®.
Will I Have Scar Following Rhinoplasty?
Modern rhinoplasty techniques make very few (if any) external incisions. Therefore, there will be minimal to no visible scarring after a rhinoplasty.
What Happens If My Nose Does Not Heal Right?
It is very challenging to predict how a patient’s nose will heal following their rhinoplasty. Because of this, there is no way to guarantee that you will not experience a complication during the healing process. If your nose does heal incorrectly or if there was not adequate adjustment made to the nose, a revision rhinoplasty may be performed. Patients must wait up to one year before undergoing a revision rhinoplasty.