Rhinoplasty, also called nose surgery, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery operations – and for good reason. The nose is the most prominent feature of the face and has a profound impact on overall appearance. People tend to have strong opinions about their nose, and in many cases they have considered the possibility of reshaping it for years. Sometimes an event leads the patient to consider rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, such as an accidental nasal fracture. Other patients are bothered by functional aspects of the nose and wish they could breathe easier. Patients are sometimes concerned that their nose has grown slowly over the course of decades and that it no longer has a youthful appearance. Each of these issues may be addressed with careful examination, analysis and skill.
This 27-year-old woman didn't like the appearance of her nose, which she felt was too strong for her otherwise delicate features. She wanted to reshape the tip of her nose and create a more feminine profile by reducing the size of her nasal dorsum. After considering several Los Angeles rhinoplasty surgeons, she decided to schedule a consu... Read More
This 27-year-old man desired less prominent ears and nose. Dr. Stoker performed ear pinning (otoplasty) and nose reshaping for him. He is shown before and four months following his surgery. His results will continue to improve over the course of a year as his swelling completely resolves. Read More
This 18-year-old woman wanted a more feminine nose. Dr. Stoker performed a rhinoplasty to accomplish her goals. She now has the beautiful and natural appearance that she desired. She is shown before and six weeks following her surgery.
This 28-year-old woman sustained a severe nasal fracture that caused her nose to slant to the left. The fracture had also caused the nasal bone to protrude on her left side and she had a severely deviated septum that made it difficult for her to breathe, especially at night. Tired of suffering for years and losing sleep because she had to bre... Read More
This 28-year-old woman desired to have a more ideally shaped nose. Dr. Stoker performed a rhinoplasty procedure to accomplish her goal. She is shown before and one month following surgery. Although her result is already beautiful, it will continue to improve over the course of a year. Read More
Many patients have significant breathing impairment that may be considered a medical problem, and thus covered by insurance. Insurance may also cover fracture deformities of the nose caused by accidents. Cosmetic surgery, on the other hand, is not covered by insurance. If there is a cosmetic component to a medically necessary procedure, the patient pays separately for the cosmetic portion of the operation. Insurance companies are careful to separate the cosmetic from the medically necessary portions of surgery.
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Patients of all ages consider nasal surgery. It’s best to wait until the patient’s nose is fully developed before doing rhinoplasty. That’s usually by age 16 for women and a year or two later for men. The age group most likely to seek rhinoplasty is the late teens to early twenties. In my experience, improved appearance of the nose in this age group often leads to significant improvements in self-confidence. These patients are especially happy when they breathe better as well.
The other common group of rhinoplasty patients I see is slightly older. Often the appearance of their nose has long been a concern for them, but they’re seeking more subtle change at this stage in their lives. Other times they may notice that their nose is larger and droopier than it used to be, and it’s starting to remind them more of their parents’ appearance rather than the way it looked in their high school yearbook. Helping these patients obtain natural-looking rhinoplasty results is particularly rewarding for me.
Some patients who have concerns about the appearance of their nose but aren’t ready for surgical rhinoplasty may be good candidates for a liquid nose job. This involves having one of our expert injectors use dermal fillers to address a specific concern.
Patients recover quickly following their procedure in Los Angeles. Nose surgery splints come off 4 to 6 days following surgery, at which point many patients will return to work. Although patients look good even at this early stage, the results continue to improve over the course of a year.
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Complications from nose reshaping are uncommon in my experience. The risks of rhinoplasty may include bleeding, infection, difficulty breathing and asymmetry. Each of these complications may be treated effectively.
What is rhinoplasty?
How does a plastic surgeon change the appearance of the nose through rhinoplasty?
How does a plastic surgeon change the appearance of the nose through rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty surgeons in Los Angeles change the underlying cartilage and bone structures and sometimes the surface skin to improve the appearance of the nose.
How does a plastic surgeon improve breathing with nose surgery?
Breathing can be improved when Los Angeles rhinoplasty surgeons open the airways where they’re pinched due to narrow internal valves, obstructed by a deviated septum or constrained due to enlargement of internal structures such as the turbinates.
What is a septoplasty?
Septoplasty modifies the midline cartilage that separates the two nasal airways. The septum is frequently deviated in patients who experience impeded airflow. A septoplasty will usually improve nasal breathing and may help with appearance as well.
Does insurance cover rhinoplasty surgery?
Insurance may cover all or part of nose surgery if there is substantial deformation resulting from trauma. Insurance frequently covers functional nasal surgery to open the nasal airways.
What types of complications may result from nose surgery?
Complications can include infection, bleeding and difficulty breathing. These are rare in my experience.
How long is the recovery from rhinoplasty surgery?
Patients normally have the splint removed in 4 or 5 days. Most feel they look better already; improvement continues over the course of the next year as swelling completely resolves.
Does rhinoplasty hurt?
Some patients experience a mild headache, and some report temporary numbness. Most people find they do not need much prescription pain medication during recovery.
Is it necessary to pack the nose following nasal surgery?
It’s not usually necessary to pack the nose for my rhinoplasty patients. The only time packing is needed is when surgery involves extensive modification of the airways to improve breathing.
How often is rhinoplasty revision surgery necessary?
All rhinoplasty specialists need to perform revisions from time to time. My revision rate is particularly low at approximately 1% of rhinoplasty operations.
Do you specialize in revision rhinoplasty?
Yes, nose surgery is one of my areas of specialization, including revision rhinoplasty. Because I perform surgery on so many noses I also enjoy handling difficult cases and revising the work of other surgeons.
What type of anesthesia is used for rhinoplasty?
Light general anesthesia is appropriate for most patients. Local or intravenous sedation may be reasonable if only slight modification will be performed.
How long does the rhinoplasty operation take?
Nose surgery takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the complexity of the case.
What is liquid rhinoplasty?
Liquid rhinoplasty is a nonsurgical technique often called a liquid nose job. During the procedure, our expert injector uses dermal fillers to address specific concerns about the nose’s appearance, such as a nasal hump or droopy tip.
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