San Diego Rhinoplasty

Reshape your nose to bring your face in balance

You may be a candidate for nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) if you have a nose that is cosmetically unattractive or does not “fit” with other facial features. Rhinoplasty may also be recommended for abnormal appearance of the nose as a result of birth defects, injury, or disease. Nose reshaping is intended to produce a more attractive nasal shape and/or a nose in better proportion to other facial features.

Your rhinoplasty

In San Diego, Rhinoplasty is done on an outpatient basis under sedation, with local or general anesthesia. You will be sent home after and hour or two in our recovery room. While you will need to have someone with you for the first 24 hours after surgery, you will be able to get up and walk around the next day.

Recovery from rhinoplasty is relatively quick in some respects, but it is also a long-term process. Most patients feel like they look acceptable to go out in public within a week and go back to a desk job within 2 weeks. However, exercise, heavy lifting, and other strenuous activities that raise blood pressure will be off-limits for the first 4 weeks. You will have to avoid contact sports for a longer period.

It’s important to realize that your new nose shape will continue to develop up to a year after your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will give you all the details about your recovery from nose reshaping throughout the surgery process.

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No two noses are the same, so it goes that rhinoplasty requires a customized approach. Depending on your current nose and your desired changes, your surgeon will use one of the following techniques to achieve your new look:

  • Standard Rhinoplasty: Incisions are made inside the nostrils. The nasal bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped to improve the external contour.
  • Open Rhinoplasty: Frequently used for difficult or larger noses. Involves one external incision across the columella (strut between the nostrils). Bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped under direct vision.
  • Tip-Plasty: If only the nasal tip is abnormal, it may be corrected with either a standard or external (open) approach.

Large nostrils may be reduced through tiny incisions at the outer base of the nostrils with either type of rhinoplasty.

Your computer imaging consultation at LJCSC

Preoperative planning with your plastic surgeon will determine how the surgery will be performed. Computer Imaging can be performed at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre so that you can actually “see” what the result would look like with more or less correction.

Additional Options to Consider

An additional procedure that may enhance the result is a chin enlargement. If you need to improve your breathing, correction of a deviated septum (Septoplasty) may also be appropriate. Read about the difference between rhinoplasty and septoplasty.

Please call La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre, San Diego, at (858) 452-1981 for more information on cosmetic surgery procedures including rhinoplasty surgery or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a San Diego plastic surgeon.