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Cosmetic Rhinoplasty


Cosmetic rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a cosmetic procedure for aesthetically improving the shape of the nose and providing improved facial balance.

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is performed strictly for cosmetic reasons, but it can be combined with functional rhinoplasty to correct trauma due to an injury, congenital defect, or breathing impairments.

Rhinoplasty enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose.

Dr. Hurvitz performs cosmetic rhinoplasty to improve:

*Nose size in relation to other facial features
*Width at the bridge
*Nose profile with humps or depressions on the bridge
*Nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked downward
*Nostrils that are large, wide, or upturned
*Nasal asymmetry

If you desire a more symmetrical nose, keep in mind that everyone’s face is asymmetric to some degree. Perfection is not possible, however improved facial harmony and an attractive nose can be achieved, if you are a good candidate for cosmetic rhinoplasty. It is important you have realistic expectations prior to going through the surgical process.

What to expect

Anesthesia Type: General

Facility Type: Outpatient surgery facility

Recovery Time: Two weeks for much of the bruising and swelling to go away, up to 12 months (in certain patients) for full healing.

What to Expect During Recovery: Swelling, bruising, asymmetry during healing process, stuffy/congested nose, discharge, possibility of a nose cast for one week, and taping for one to two weeks.

How Is Cosmetic Rhinoplasty Performed?

The first step in cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery is administering general anesthesia to ensure that the patient is comfortable and pain-free during the surgery.

The next step is the incision. If the rhinoplasty is performed using a closed procedure, the incisions will be hidden inside the nostrils. If it is performed through an open procedure, the incision will also be made across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils (called the columella).

Dr. Hurvitz will use the incisions to raise the skin covering the cartilages and nasal bones, providing access to the underlying tissues. The nose will then be restructured through adjustment of bone, cartilage, and/or soft tissue.

In some cases, the surgery might require adding cartilage grafts. Cartilage from the septum is typically used for this. The septum is the partition present in the middle of the nose. Occasionally, rib cartilage or cartilage from the ear might be used instead.

After the nose’s underlying structure has been sculpted to achieve the desired shape, the skin will be redraped. The incisions will be closed with sutures.

After Your Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

You will be under observation for a few hours after the procedure. If everything is fine, you will be allowed to leave for home. Since the anesthesia will still be in effect, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home.

For the next few days, your nose may be supported by gauze packing and splints as it starts to heal. Time off from work will be required during cosmetic rhinoplasty recovery. You will need to return for a follow-up appointment to ensure that healing is progressing properly.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for cosmetic rhinoplasty, and to find out how your nose could look after surgery, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hurvitz at one of his office locations in Beverly Hills, Torrance, and Long Beach, CA.