Rhinoplasty, Nose Shaping

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, can be used to correct defects in the shape of the nose, damage to the nose, or even in some cases correct a deviated septum. If you have a deviated septum, you may also be a candidate for a septoplasty.

Why should I have a rhinoplasty?

  • make the nose size more proportional to the rest of the face
  • alter the width of the nose at the bridge and/or nostrils
  • remove any humps or depressions
  • correct the angle of the tip of the nose
  • create symmetry
  • widen or narrow the base
  • correct uneven nostrils
  • lift the nasal tip

Consultation, Patient Preparation and Recovery

There can be more than one reason why you may have decided to have nose shaping surgery. Consulting with the plastic surgeon who will perform your rhinoplasty is a very important part of the process. You will want to know what to expect as far as the effect on your breathing or what the new shape of your nose will look like.

You should feel comfortable asking questions and be comfortable with the surgeon's background. A surgeon who is trained in cosmetic surgery and also is also an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT) is ideal for performing the procedure.

As an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon and ENT, Dr. Daniel Barker is aware that rhinoplasties are not one size, or shape, fits all. What works for one person, may not work with another individuals facial proportions. Dr. Barker is committed to working with his patients to help them find the right nose shape and proportions that is right for them. 

Preparing for your nose shaping surgery could involve avoiding certain medications, especially anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases it may be helpful to test for sleep apnea or any medical conditions that could allow for health insurance coverage for a rhinoplasty procedure.

Prior to beginning the procedure, IV sedation or general anesthesia will be used to make you comfortable.  Once under sedation, depending on the type of rhinoplasty surgery, the surgeon will make incisions on the outside of the nose, the inside of the nose, or both.

In the next step of the surgery, the nose is reshaped. The skin around the nose will then be raised allowing the surgeon to reshape the cartilage to the desired contour, either by removing or adding via a cartilage graft procedure. The flap is then returned and any incisions are stitched closed.

During the last portion of the procedure, the plastic surgeon will place a splint or other supportive device on the inside and outside of your nose to protect the procedure and give it support. This will remain for 7-10 days. Most of the bruising and swelling around your eyes and nose should be greatly reduced within three weeks and most will be completely gone within two months.

After rhinoplasty, the nose may seem to become more refined even up to a year after the procedure. We provide all of our patients with the post operative care instructions for their surgical procedure. If you would like to download a copy, you can do so under our patient downloads section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

there risks of the procedure?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks to rhinoplasty surgery. Typical surgical risks of infection & adverse reaction to anesthesia can occur. Along with these, you may desire additional changes to the contour of your nose as it continues to refine over time leading to additional procedures.

What is a typical recovery time for rhinoplasty?

You can typically resume work in about one week following a the procedure. You should be able to engage in normal activites in around two weeks and vigorous activities after four weeks. The surgeon will give you a more accurate timeline during post-operative visits for your rhinoplasty recovery. 

Is rhinoplasty just cosmetic?

Some may say that rhinoplasty surgery, or a "nose job", is just a cosmetic procedure. But actually, rhinoplasty can serve both cosmetic and medical needs. While the nose shaping aspects of the procedure are noticeable and appealing, nose surgery can also have considerable medical benefits. It can improve overall health by treating certain breathing and sleep disorders including sleep apnea. When the procedure involves the restructuring of nasal passages in order to improve breathing, improved breathing will result. In turn, the patient may see improvements in exercise capacity, daytime concentration, and overall health.

Rhinoplasty and Wabi Sabi Aesthetics

The Wabi Sabi philosphy is compatible with new opportunities to appreciate ourselves and our bodies through enhancements that bring out your true essence.

Choosing to have a rhinoplasty can be a very personal decision. Cosmetic nose surgery can be a major life decision for some people. For others, it can mean an improved quality of life through improved breathing. You want to be as informed as possible when choosing surgeon as you do your nose. Wabi Sabi Clinic invites you to contact us with all of your questions concerning rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Barker looks forward to answering them.