Rhinoplasty FAQ

Every person’s nose is unique, and the best way to understand what nose surgery can do for you is to request a consultation with Dr. David Stoker in Los Angeles. Rhinoplasty patients ask some questions commonly, however, so Dr. Stoker has provided some information on the basics.

Dr. Stoker Answers your Rhinoplasty Questions

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What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is surgery to change the appearance of the nose and sometimes improve breathing.

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.

Will rhinoplasty affect nasal allergies?

The impact of rhinoplasty surgery on allergies is minimal although it may help breathing when passages are opened. It’s best to get treated for allergies and make necessary lifestyle modifications before surgery.

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.

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