More than any other facial component, your nose reflects your heritage and ethnicity. As the central feature of your face, it largely defines your appearance. Some noses are wide at the bridge, others display humps or depressions along their profile. Some people may feel that the tip of their nose appears excessively bulbous, upturned, or drooping. Rhinoplasty is the technical term for the cosmetic surgery intended to refine the size and shape of the nose, and to create a more balanced aesthetic relationship between a person’s nose and the rest of his or her face.


When conducting a rhinoplasty we can hide the incisions inside the nose (a closed procedure), or we can make the incision across the narrow strip of skin that separates the nostrils (thecolumella). Such incisions enable us to access the inner structural tissues of the nose for reshaping. We sculpt the nose by either moving portions of existing nose cartilage, or grafting additional segments of cartilage into the nose from other parts of your body, such as from an ear or a rib. Once we have achieved the desired shape we can re-drape your skin, adjust the size of your nostrils, if necessary, and close the incisions.

While a rhinoplasty is mainly a cosmetic procedure, it can also be combined with a septoplasty, a functional type of surgery that improves breathing in patients who suffer from a deviated septum. The septum is the vertical complex of bone and cartilage inside your columella that separates your left nostril from your right. When it is displaced to one side, the airflow through the smaller nostril can be obstructed. A severely displaced septum can block a nostril completely. A septoplasty straightens the septum by aligning the bone and removing portions of cartilage while preserving the structural integrity of your nose.

It usually takes one week for a rhinoplasty to heal. But the cartilage in your nose only gradually refines its shape. It may take up to a year for recurring swelling to subside, and for your nose to reach its final state.*




*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed. 



2-4 hours (depending on the procedure)






Temporary swelling, bruising, some pain, mild bleeding from the nose


Pain, bleeding, infection, incomplete improvement, breathing problems


Back to work with makeup: 1-2 days. More strenuous activity: 2-3 weeks


6 months to a year for swelling to completely resolve (most swelling has resolved in 2 months)*