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Your nose is one of the most prominent and noticeable parts of your face. If you're unhappy with the appearance of your nose, whether you feel it's too large, too small, or misshapen, it can cause you to feel embarrassed or self-conscious about how you look. A rhinoplasty procedure helps reshape your nose to achieve facial harmony and take the attention away from your nose and back onto the natural attraction of your face.

Which areas of the nose can rhinoplasty address?

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is a surgery performed to refine the nose's size, shape, and symmetry.

Rhinoplasty resolves functional nose concerns, issues caused by trauma, and cosmetic concerns with the shape and/or size you've always had but wish were different. Rhinoplasty achieves an aesthetic outcome, correcting a deviated septum, making a prominent nose smaller, straightening a crooked nose, smoothing bumps, or refining the nasal tip.

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What happens during a rhinoplasty procedure? 


Dr. Corrado will perform your rhinoplasty while you are under mild sedation with local anesthesia or general anesthesia. This decision and which technique will be used during your rhinoplasty will be determined ahead of time during your consultation.

Two common techniques are used during a rhinoplasty procedure, with several variations on each. Which of these is used during your procedure depends on your aesthetic needs and unique physical structure.

Open rhinoplasty

An open rhinoplasty is the best approach for more complex or extensive nose alterations. This procedure uses small incisions on the outside of the nose, in the columella between the nostrils. Additional incisions are made inside the nose as well. The nasal skin is lifted to expose the underlying nasal structures for more accurate and significant reshaping. 

Closed rhinoplasty

Smaller incisions are made within the nostrils. This technique carries the added benefit of leaving no visible scarring of any kind. However, the changes made during this procedure are not as significant in reshaping or resizing.

Types of Rhinoplasty with Dr. Corrado

Primary Rhinoplasty

Primary rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to reshape and change the appearance of the nose. This refers to a rhinoplasty procedure which is performed on a nose which has not underwent prior surgery.

Tip Rhinoplasty

Tip Rhinoplasty refers to aesthetic nasal surgery solely performed to improve the appearance of the nasal tip. Specialized techniques such as cephalic trim, tip suture techniques, cartilage grafts, as well as other sculpting methods are used to create an ideal nasal tip.

Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty (also called septoplasty) addresses functional issues, including snoring problems, difficulty breathing, sinus infections, headaches, and other troubles which result from a deviated septum.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is performed for patients who are unhappy with a previous rhinoplasty procedure, whether the concern is cosmetic or functional. Revision rhinoplasty can be complex and requires a top facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty procedures, such as Dr. Corrado.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

This procedure reshapes the nose to improve imperfections while preserving unique anatomic features that derive from cultural aesthetic heritage. Ethnic rhinoplasty maintains the features that are unique to your background while also achieving your goals for your nose. This is a highly customized procedure that requires an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon to ensure the unique beauty of many heritages, including Indian, Latino, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African-American, is preserved and respected.

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Recovery after rhinoplasty


Patients may return home with a friend or family member once their rhinoplasty surgery is complete. Expect significant bruising and swelling during your recovery process. Ensure you keep your head elevated, and apply cold compresses around your nose and eyes.

Dr. Corrado will tape your nose and place an external sprint over it to help it properly heal. After about a week, this will be removed. After about two weeks, most patients are able to return to light or sedentary work. 

Final signs of swelling will slowly decrease over a few months. You may experience some distortion or asymmetry during this time, which is a common part of the recovery process. It’s important to remain patient as we guide you through each part of your recovery. Keep in mind that it may take up to 12 months for your nose to fully “settle.” 

Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?

Ideal rhinoplasty candidates are unhappy with the appearance of their nose and would like to reshape or resize their nose. During your consultation with Dr. Corrado, you will have a chance to discuss your nasal concerns and provide your medical history. He will help determine whether you are an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty surgery. Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • They are in good health generally and do not smoke.
  • The nasal skin is not too thick or thin.
  • Have a strong framework of underlying cartilage.
  • Have realistic expectations about what a nose job can achieve.
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What are the benefits of rhinoplasty? 

Rhinoplasty provides a number of benefits for men or women who would like to improve the shape of their nose.

  • Balances your facial features to achieve facial harmony
  • Corrects breathing concerns 
  • Adjusts the size and shape of your nose to achieve your aesthetic goals
  • It gives the nose and nostrils an aesthetically pleasing shape
  • Improves the nasal tip.
  • Preserves your unique beauty and heritage
  • Minimizes or eliminates nasal flaws.
  • Boosts self-confidence
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Why choose Dr. Corrado for a rhinoplasty procedure?

Dr. Corrado’s practice focuses completely on cosmetic surgery of the nose and face. He is double board-certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery), allowing him to provide significant skill and expertise in performing both cosmetic and functional nasal surgery.

Dr. Corrado takes an individual approach with every patient’s rhinoplasty, taking into account the differences in nasal anatomy, skin quality, nose structure, cartilage and bone when creating a personalized surgical plan. His goal is to achieve the best, most natural-looking cosmetic result possible while maintaining or improving nasal function. 

You can rest easy with Dr. Corrado, knowing you trust your nose and face to an expert.

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FAQ

Where is the scar after open rhinoplasty?

A small incision is made in the columella, the skin between the nostrils, which leaves a well-concealed scar.

When can I return to work after rhinoplasty?

Most patients can return to work in about 10 days to two weeks.

When will the swelling subside?

The majority of the swelling will ease after the first month, and approximately 90% of the remaining swelling subsides within the first three months.

When will I see my final results from rhinoplasty?

Initial results are apparent 3-4 months after surgery, and you will be able to enjoy your new nose size and shape. Ultimate results may take 12-14 months to be fully visible.

Will rhinoplasty affect my breathing?

Dr. Corrado will ensure you can breathe the same way, or better, as you could prior to the surgery.

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