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Rhinoplasty is among the most highly requested plastic surgery procedures. The anatomy of the nose is complex and delicate, making it important to choose an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. Dr. Christian Paquet offers rhinoplasty for patients in Phoenix, Arizona.

What is a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a surgery which changes the shape of the nose, either for the purpose of improving the appearance, improving breathing, or both. Often, a rhinoplasty is referred to as a “nose job.”

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Most people who are unhappy with the shape or size of their nose or who have difficulty breathing due to issues such as a deviated septum are good candidates for a rhinoplasty. Typically, patients must be at least 16 years old before pursuing a rhinoplasty to ensure that the facial anatomy has completed development. Patients should also be generally healthy overall and should be nonsmokers. During a consultation, Dr. Paquet will review your health history and examine your nose to determine whether a rhinoplasty is a suitable and safe option for you. You should be prepared to share any health conditions or medications that you take during your consultation. Those who have suffered facial trauma or who have had previous rhinoplasties may require a more complex surgery referred to as a revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Paquet can review these options with you during a consultation.

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The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Most rhinoplasties are performed under general anesthesia, though IV sedation may also be available. Several techniques may be used depending on your desired results from the procedure. The two primary types of rhinoplasty are referred to as an open rhinoplasty or closed rhinoplasty.

In an open rhinoplasty, incisions are made across the columella, which is the tissue which separates the nostrils. This is typically chosen when more extensive changes are desired, as it allows the surgeon greater access to the tissues within the structure of the nose. In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made internally within the nose.

In either an open or closed rhinoplasty, the tissues of the nose are then reshaped to create the desired shape or correct defects such as a deviated septum. This may involve making changes to the cartilage or bone within the nose, depending on the desired results. Once the underlying structure of the nose has been appropriately reshaped, the skin is redraped as needed and the incisions can be closed with sutures.


“I could not be happier with my rhinoplasty experience with Dr. Paquet! He is incredible and definitely knows what he’s doing. My recovery was easier than I could’ve imagined and my results have exceeded my expectations. Several of my own clients and friends have scheduled consultations with him after seeing my results.”


Rhinoplasty Recovery

Most rhinoplasties are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home the same day as the procedure. You should arrange for a trusted family member or friend to drive you home and care for you in the early stages of your recovery.

Immediately after your rhinoplasty, you can expect swelling as well as some bruising, redness, or soreness. Dr. Paquet can prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable through the recovery process. In some cases, you may be required to wear a splint or have the nostrils packed with gauze during the early stages of recovery.

Most patients feel well enough to return to work or other routine activities within a week or two after their rhinoplasty. A majority of swelling should subside within several weeks, though residual swelling can persist for up to a year. This should be relatively unnoticeable.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for a nose job?

Before surgery, you'll need to stop smoking, avoid certain medications that can increase bleeding, and arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery. It's also recommended to prepare your recovery area at home, ensuring it's stocked with essential items such as ice packs, comfortable pillows, and easy-to-eat foods. Taking steps to maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated before the surgery can also promote a more efficient healing process. Follow all pre-operative instructions given by your surgeon to ensure the best outcome for your nose job procedure.

How long are you swollen after rhinoplasty?

Typically, the majority of the swelling subsides within the first two weeks post-operation. However, it's normal for some degree of swelling to persist. Most patients notice that their new nasal contour becomes more refined as the swelling diminishes over time, with the final results usually visible after about one year.

How long is recovery from rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty recovery usually lasts 7-10 days. However, this may vary depending on the individual, and swelling may take longer to dissipate.

Is nose job permanent?

After undergoing rhinoplasty, the bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped by a surgeon. Once healed, the results are permanent. However, the nose may undergo subtle changes over the years due to the natural aging process. Additionally, any significant trauma to the face could potentially alter the results of the surgery.

Can I sleep on my side after rhinoplasty?

It is not recommended to sleep on your side or stomach following a rhinoplasty procedure. This is because it can place unnecessary pressure on your nose.

Can rhinoplasty help sinus problems?

In some cases improving the shape of the nose through rhinoplasty can correct sinus issues.

What types of nose jobs are there?

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, exists in various types to cater to different aesthetic and functional needs. Certain types of nose job procedures are open rhinoplasty, closed rhinoplasty, tip plasty, or full rhinoplasty. A thorough consultation with a certified plastic surgeon can help determine the best approach for individual goals and needs.

Will Insurance cover rhinoplasty surgery?

In cases where rhinoplasty is being performed as a reconstructive or medically necessary procedure, insurance may cover the cost of the functional related issues. However, ANY external changes to the appearance of the nose are considered cosmetic, and insurance will not cover the cost.

Will my nose still be unique to me after surgery?

Yes, because rhinoplasty is a customizable procedure, your nose will be altered to fit your unique facial features for a flattering appearance.

How much does rhinoplasty cost?

The cost of rhinoplasty surgery will vary depending on multiple factors such as the complexity of the procedure. The best way to determine the price of your nose surgery will be to schedule a consultation appointment at our office.

Is rhinoplasty a painful procedure?

As general anesthesia will be used during the procedure, you won't feel a thing. After surgery, you may feel some discomfort as the anesthesia wears off, but we will prescribe pain medication to make sure you're completely comfortable.

When can I return to work after a rhinoplasty?

Patients can typically return to work one to two weeks after rhinoplasty surgery.

What's the difference between an open and closed rhinoplasty?

With an open rhinoplasty, the incisions are made along the strip of tissue separating the nostrils and is the type of surgery used when extensive changes need to be made. A closed rhinoplasty involves the incisions being made inside the nose.

What are the side effects of rhinoplasty?

The side effects of rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, can vary from patient to patient but generally include swelling, bruising, and discomfort immediately after surgery. Some individuals may experience bleeding or nasal stuffiness due to internal swelling. Less common side effects can include numbness which may last for several months, difficulty breathing through the nose, and scarring, although scars are usually not visible when the surgery is performed inside the nose or along its natural creases.

When will I start to see the results of my rhinoplasty?

Most patients start to see noticeable changes in their nose three to six weeks after surgery. You will continue to see improvements for months after the procedure, with final results showing up about a year later.

How long does a rhinoplasty procedure take?

A rhinoplasty can take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure.

Does your voice change after rhinoplasty?

Most rhinoplasty patients do not report an apparent change in their voice after surgery. However, some people may experience subtle changes that most people do not notice.

Can rhinoplasty be combined with other procedures?

Yes, rhinoplasty may be combined with a variety of other surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Many people choose to combine nose surgery with other facial procedures to improve the overall symmetry of the face.

How old do you have to be to undergo rhinoplasty surgery?

In order to undergo nose surgery, the patient should be old enough that their nose has stopped growing. This is usually about age 15 for girls and a little later for boys. However, be sure to confirm the safety of this procedure at any age with Dr. Paquet.

Ready to take the first step?

Contact us today if you are ready to take the first step or have any questions! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Paquet by contacting us online or by calling us directly at 602-726-6310.


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