Rhinoplasty – Nose Surgery

Plastic Surgeons Serving San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Santa Clara & Nearby South Bay, California

Your nose is one of the most prominent features on your face. It can have a tremendous impact on your facial symmetry and overall facial appearance.

If you have a nose that is large or misshapen, it can impact the way you feel about yourself and interact with others. Rhinoplasty can give you the elegantly contoured shape you’ve always wanted and the self-confidence you deserve.

For more information about rhinoplasty, please schedule a free consultation today by calling 650-934-7020. We help patients from the Silicon Valley and Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose and San Francisco, California.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

woman looking to the side, resting her chin on her handCommonly referred to as a “nose job,” Rhinoplasty is a facial plastic surgery procedure designed to reshape the nose, whether for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. Rhinoplasty procedures vary significantly from patient to patient, and may be used to address:

  • Size of the nose
  • Width of the nose
  • Slope of the nose
  • Direction and position of the nose
  • Nose hump
  • Nasal tip shape and position
  • Nasal asymmetry

While it is a popular aesthetic procedure, a nose job can also correct structural problems like a deviated septum, which can cause breathing difficulty, post-nasal drip, snoring and chronic stuffiness. 

Common Complaints Before Nose Surgery

Some of our patients have grown increasingly dissatisfied with the look of their noses as they grow older, while others have been dealing with the difficulties of an unattractive nose since childhood. Some of the common complaints we hear from our rhinoplasty patients include:

  • Bent, crooked or unattractive bridge
  • Nose that is too large or wide
  • Nose tip that is too large, droopy or bulbous
  • Nose tip that is too small
  • Nostrils that are too wide or upturned
  • Broken nose

Nose surgery can do more than just improve facial aesthetics and structural irregularities, it can significantly improve your self-esteem and confidence is social and professional settings. Many patients who have struggled their entire lives feeling self-conscious and embarrassed by the size or shape of their noses have found the benefits of rhinoplasty to be profoundly rewarding.

Types of Rhinoplasty

closeup photo of manThere are two main nose surgery techniques: closed and open. Determining which surgical method is best for your procedure depends on what needs to be accomplished with your surgery. Based on your individual needs, our rhinoplasty surgeons may recommend:

  • Closed rhinoplasty: An incision is made inside the nose, giving access to the bone and cartilage that will be targeted in the procedure. This is the most commonly performed type of rhinoplasty because it can address a wide range of issues and result in less post-operative swelling.
  • Open rhinoplasty: An additional incision is made externally to provide a direct view of the cartilage and bone that will be altered. This approach is most appropriate in cases of congenital deformities or incidents of trauma.

In some instances, surgical nose procedures are named for the specific condition they’re intended to address. For example, septoplasty and turbinectomy are procedures that deal with structural issues that complicate breathing. A turbinectomy is performed to reduce the size of turbinate bones in nasal passages, while a septoplasty is carried out to correct a deviated septum.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

While every patient heals at his or her own pace, you can typically expect to get back to your job about a week after your rhinoplasty, once your splints and sutures are removed. You should avoid strenuous activities for several weeks after your surgery. Although you should notice an immediate improvement following your procedure, it may take a few months to achieve your final results.

How Much Is a Nose Job?

The cost of nose surgery can vary, depending on the type of procedure performed and the extent of work needed. The best way to get a clear idea of what you can expect to pay for your rhinoplasty is to schedule a personal consultation with one of our experienced nose surgeons.

As with all plastic surgery procedures – and especially with nose surgery – you should resist the temptation to shop around for the cheapest price. Rhinoplasty demands the highest level of artistic skill and technical expertise. You can’t hide the results of your nose job under clothes, dark glasses or hats.

Why Choose Us

If you plan to alter the most prominent feature on your face, you need the knowledge, skill and experience of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Every physician at Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a distinction that signifies the completion of rigorous testing and an unwavering commitment to excellence in the field of plastic surgery.

If you live in the Silicon Valley or Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose and San Francisco, and would like to learn more about your rhinoplasty options, please call Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery today at 650-934-7020 to schedule a free consultation.