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San Diego Rhinoplasty

Nose reshaping or rhinoplasty is extremely popular in San Diego and across the country. Every year, about 350,000 men and women in the United States decide to improve the shape of their noses.1 It’s also a favorite among Hollywood celebrities. Greats like Marilyn Monroe and Jennifer Aniston have had their noses “done,” along with many other stars who don’t admit to it.

Even small changes to your nose can make a huge difference in the way you look and in the way you feel about yourself. For men and women alike, the nose is often a source of dissatisfaction. With the help of our board-certified plastic surgeons, you can enjoy the confidence that comes with loving the face you put forward to the world. Life’s short—live it with the nose you want!

Is Rhinoplasty Right for Me?

You may be a candidate for a rhinoplasty if you feel your nose doesn’t fit with your other facial features. Nose reshaping is intended to produce a more attractive nasal shape and bring your nose into proportion with your other facial features. Common issues rhinoplasty addresses include:

  • A disproportionately large nose
  • A bump on the nose (nasal hump)
  • A nose that is too wide
  • A crooked nasal bridge
  • A bulbous or drooping tip
  • A “ski jump” nose with a concave bridge

The best nose surgery is one in which your nose still looks true to your ethnic background and your facial bone structure. It’s important that you have reasonable expectations about what’s possible and that you work with a surgeon who will tailor your surgery specifically to you.

What to Expect at Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

Once you decide rhinoplasty may be right for you, your next step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During your rhinoplasty consultation at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa, you will:

  • Meet personally with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.
  • Have your nose examined and discuss the specifics of your procedure.
  • Have an imaging session to see all the possibilities of your new look.
  • See before-and-after pictures of real patients like you.
  • Get a specific written quote detailing the costs and review payment options.
  • After scheduling your surgery, attend an individual “pre-op” appointment to discuss all surgical aspects and risks.

This consultation is your time to discuss all your specific goals and expectations. The more you communicate at this visit, the more likely you are to get a result you love.

Preview Your Rhinoplasty Results with Computer Imaging

Want to see what you would look like with a nose job before actually getting a nose job? With computer imaging, you get to see your predicted rhinoplasty results long before you head into surgery.

This technology lets you and your surgeon work together to design your new look both from the front view and in profile. This gives you the chance to have a more in-depth conversation about what’s possible for your nose, and whether you may benefit from chin augmentation, which is often combined with nose surgery. It’s a great communication tool for you and your surgeon, and it helps you take that next step forward with total confidence.

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How Is Rhinoplasty Performed?

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 (Closed) Rhinoplasty: Incisions are made inside the nostrils, so you won’t have any external scars. The nasal bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped to improve the external contour.
  • Open Rhinoplasty: Frequently used for difficult or larger noses, this approach involves one external incision across the columella (the strut between the nostrils). Bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped under direct vision.
  • Tip-Plasty: If only the nasal tip needs correction, it may be fixed with either a standard or external (open) approach.
  • Alarplasty: Large nostrils may be reduced through small incisions at the outer base of the nostrils.
  • Septoplasty: This procedure corrects airway obstructions inside the nose to improve your breathing.

Because your nose’s internal structures are so delicate, you need a surgeon who has a thorough understanding of nasal anatomy and is skilled in rhinoplasty techniques. At La Jolla Cosmetic, only board-certified plastic surgeons perform cosmetic nasal surgery.

What to Expect the Day of Your Rhinoplasty

On the day of your surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon, anesthesiologist, and operating room staff so you’re well prepared for your surgical experience. Rhinoplasty is done on an outpatient basis at our AAAASF-accredited surgical suite, using either local or general anesthesia. You’ll be monitored from start to finish by a board-certified anesthesiologist who will keep you safe and comfortable each step of the way.

You will be sent home after resting for 1 to 2 hours in our recovery room. While you’ll need to have someone drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery, you’ll be able to get up and walk around the next day.

Your surgeon may ask you to wear an internal and/or external splint for about 7 to 10 days. This provides protection and structure to your healing nose. 

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Since 1988, more than 36,000 patients have had safe, successful procedures at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa.

How Long Is Rhinoplasty Recovery?

Recovery is relatively quick in some respects, but it is also a long-term process. Most people feel ready 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’ll need to avoid contact sports for a bit longer after that.

How Long Does Swelling Last After Rhinoplasty?

Your nose area will be bruised and puffy following your procedure. This usually disappears within a few weeks, but subtle swelling may persist for about 6 months. It’s important to remember that your new nose shape will continue to develop up to a year after your surgery. Your surgeon will give you all the details you need about what to expect during the recovery process.

What Are the Risks of Rhinoplasty?

As with all cosmetic procedures, there are possible surgical risks. General surgical risks include swelling and bruising, inflammation and infection, blood loss, itching, and numbness. Some of the surgical risks specific to nasal surgery are difficulty breathing through the nose, nasal obstruction, scarring, and swelling. Although rare, some surgical complications can occur such as cardiac issues, allergic reactions, and pulmonary embolism.

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How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

The cost of a nose job at our San Diego practice is typically $10,000 to $13,000.. Your exact rhinoplasty price will depend on your specific anatomy, operating time involved, surgical technique used, and type of anesthesia, as well as whether or not you are having another procedure performed at the same time. Get all the info you need about costs on our pricing page.

LJC is happy to accept payments through several affordable financing plans. Learn more on our financing page.

Your Dream Starts Today

Your dream nose doesn’t have to be a dream anymore! To start your rhinoplasty journey, request your free consultation online or give us a call at (858) 452-1981. We can’t wait to hear from you!