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Nose Surgery

When the structure or size of the nose is disproportionate to the other facial features, the facial balance may be compromised. Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is designed to sculpt the nose by improving its size and shape. This procedure can correct uncomfortable nasal deformities and create a facial harmony that complements the individual anatomy of each patient. At AesthetiCare in Orange Country, San Diego, and Riverside, one of our highly trained aesthetic surgeons can help you achieve the cosmetic and functional nasal improvement you desire using the most advanced rhinoplasty techniques. Our surgeons and staff are dedicated to our patients’ safety and satisfaction throughout the nose surgery process, from the initial consultation to recovery.

What Can Nose Surgery Correct?

  • The shape, slope, and size of the nose
  • Overly large nostrils
  • The angle between the nose and the upper lip
  • Structural deformities that cause breathing problems

Nose Surgery Options for You!

Nose surgery may last between two and four hours. Before the procedure begins, the treatment area is cleansed, and anesthesia is administered. Rhinoplasty may be performed under general anesthesia or using local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

Open Rhinoplasty

Open rhinoplasty is a nose surgery approach that is ideal for optimal examination and alteration of the nasal structures. Usually, incisions are created within the nostrils and at the base of the nose. The skin is carefully lifted off of the columella to expose the framework of the nose and allow for precise adjustments to the cartilage and dorsal hump.


An osteotomy involves breaking the nasal bones with a chisel-like device called an osteotome and shifting the bones upwards to close the roof. Although it is not always necessary, an osteotomy can correct a high nasal dorsum with a dorsal hump, close an open roof after the removal of a dorsal hump, or create a narrower base of the nose.

Incision Closure

The incisions inside the nose are typically closed using dissolvable stitches, and external incisions are closed with a Steri-Strip™. Nasal airway splints may be placed within the nostrils to provide support and stabilize the nose as it heals. If osteotomy was performed, a nasal splint is applied as well. The bandages and splint help the tissues heal and conform to the new cartilage and bone structure.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my recovery be after nose surgery?

After your nose surgery, you can expect some discomfort, bruising, and swelling in the upper portion of your face. These side effects should subside considerably within the first two weeks of recovery, but some minor swelling may persist for several weeks. You will need to rest in bed with your head elevated for one or two days, but you may return to work seven to 10 days after surgery. During your initial consultation, you will be provided with aftercare instructions specific to your unique surgical plan.

What is the age requirement for nose surgery?

Individuals considering a nose reshaping procedure should be at least 15 years of age, as this procedure should only be performed after the nose has finished developing completely.

What are the potential risks associated with nose surgery?

Although it is rare to experience complications after nose surgery, all surgeries come with risks, such as:

  • Abnormal reaction to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Changes in sensation

What results can I expect from my nose surgery?

Any splints, stitches, and bandages are removed five to seven days after your nose surgery. The appearance of your nose will continue to improve as the majority of the bruising and swelling dissipates, but residual swelling may mask the final results of your rhinoplasty procedure for a few weeks.

How much does nose surgery cost?

The price of your nose surgery depends on specific factors, including surgical technique and the extent of correction required. We offer financing options at AesthetiCare for patients who qualify.

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