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RHINOPLASTY FAQ

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, surgery performed on the nose, is a common cosmetic procedure used to correct and or reconstruct nose shape. During rhinoplasty, or a nose job, the bone, cartilage and other tissues are carefully corrected – during surgery -- by a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Rhinolasty can be performed for cosmetic purposes to help a patient have a desired appearance. This procedure can help a patient achieve facial symmetry, often making the nose larger or smaller. It can be performed to reshape the tip or the bridge of the nose—making it longer or shorter. On the reconstructive side, facial plastic surgeons can perform rhinoplasty to fix a broken nose, a deviated septum, or a birth defect impacting the way a nose looks for functions.

Where can rhinoplasty be performed?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that can be completed in a hospital, out patient surgery center or in a doctor’s office.

Who can perform a rhinoplasty?

Today, rhinoplasty is a highly revised procedure, so it is important to seek a qualified facial plastic surgeon. New York City, double board certified facial plastic surgeon, Sam Rizk, MD, FACS, recommends that patients find a surgeon who performs a minimum of four revision rhinoplasty cases each week.

It is also imperative to select a surgeon who is adept at offering the latest surgical and cosmetic techniques. Dr. Rizk uses 3 D computer assisted technology not only to illustrate, prior to the procedure, what surgical outcomes will look after the nose has healed, but to increase results and enhance outcomes.

Cost of rhinoplasty

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the average base cost of rhinoplasty procedure is approximately $5,950. However, patients will incur additional expenses for items like anesthesia and facilities fees which also vary depending on where a patient lives.

How long should a patient be swollen after rhinoplasty?

Because the nose is a complex piece of the facial anatomy, all rhinoplasty will require a healing period following surgery. After rhinoplasty with Dr. Rizk, patients can expect to feel confident and presentable within one week of surgery. This is a fraction of the amount of time most patients require post surgery. Dr. Rizk’s patients benefit from his surgical skill, advanced techniques and the technology and proprietary tools that he uses during surgery. His outcomes are precise, reducing bruising.

However, some people may experience residual swelling for up to six months following surgery.

What can I do to speed up recovery?

During the first two days after surgery, patients should ice the nose and face area as much as possible to help reduce swelling more rapidly. If a patient has undergone revision rhinoplasty, they may expect to have minor functional breathing problems following surgery. In these cases, working with a surgeon who is double board certified in Otolaryngology (ENT) and Facial Plastic Surgery, like Dr. Rizk, is an added bonus. A surgeon who focuses solely on facial plastic surgery is always better equipped to guide patients through a faster recovery.