What is a Rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to improve the overall appearance and function of the nose. It's widely regarded to be one of the most challenging aesthetic facial surgeries, making it essential to choose a nose surgeon with advanced expertise in this area. Our cosmetic facial plastic surgeons perform all phases of rhinoplasty surgery, including primary rhinoplasty, rhinoplasty revision, and ethnic rhinoplasty, and take a subtle approach to allow for the most beautiful and natural-looking outcomes.
What Are the Benefits of A Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty surgery is a safe and effective option for Denver, CO area individuals who want to modify the appearance of their nose or need practical improvements to improve their quality of life and day-to-day breathing. Benefits of rhinoplasty performed at Colorado Facial Plastic Surgery include:
- Decreasing or increasing the size of the nose
- Making the size of the tip or bridge of the nose smaller
- Obtaining improved facial symmetry and balance
- Reshaping the nostrils
- Ameliorating a deviated septum
- Rejuvenating nasal passageways for easier breathing
- Correcting a previous rhinoplasty
- Boosting confidence and self-esteem
Primary Rhinoplasty Reviews
"Dr. Imola performed a reconstruction on my twisted nose as a result of 2 previous nasal septal surgeries 20 years ago by different surgeons. Dr. Imola is meticulous, precise and the utmost professional. With his amazing surgical expertise, I now have a beautiful nose and I can breathe effortlessly."- P.B. / Google / Jul 16, 2022
"No more breathing issues or headaches, plus a straighter nose - Triple Win - I went to see Dr. Kowalczyk about 7 months ago to fix my broken nose from a bad fall. My septum was significantly deviated and I had major breathing troubles and headaches. Functionality was my main focus. Dr. Kowalczyk fixed my septum and it ended up straightening my crooked nose a ton. No more breathing issues or headaches, plus a straighter nose. Triple win."- S. / RealSelf / Sep 20, 2022
"Dr Kowalczyk and his team were amazing throughout the entire process. I went in to get my deviated septum corrected with a few cosmetic corrections as well. I am so happy with how my nose is looking 10 months post op. It looks super natural and my breathing has definitely improved. They were always there to answer any questions and address any concerns I had. Great experience overall. I definitely would recommend!!"- A.H. / Google / Dec 08, 2022
"Revision rhinoplasty 1 year post-op - did exactly what I wanted! - I had a revision rhinoplasty with Dr K. Dr K listen to all my concerns and did exactly what I wanted! During the recovery process his staff Lauren and Lisa texted me several times to see how I was doing and provided tips to heal faster . The entire team is amazing!"- V. / RealSelf / Dec 04, 2022
"It looks super natural and my breathing has definitely improved - Dr Kowalczyk and his team were amazing throughout the entire process. I went in to get my deviated septum corrected with a few cosmetic corrections as well. I am so happy with how my nose is looking 10 months post op. It looks super natural and my breathing has definitely improved. They were always there to answer any questions and address any concerns I had. Great experience overall. I definitely would recommend!!"- A. / RealSelf / Dec 07, 2022
Who can benefit from a Rhinoplasty?
Individuals that have concerns with the appearance of the nose as well as function may be excellent candidates for a rhinoplasty. Creating a more aesthetically-pleasing nose can be achieved by increasing or decreasing the nose's size, reducing the bridge of the nose, or reshaping the nostrils, for example. By doing so, we can balance facial harmony, improve self-confidence, and enhance the overall facial aesthetic. If function is a problem, the nose can be changed during rhinoplasty to improve breathing by opening the airways, reduce sinus issues, snoring, and more. If you find yourself frustrated with the size and shape of your nose and have areas you hope to enhance or repair, this treatment may be the right answer. It is important that expectations are understood, as your facial appearance will be altered. In addition, facial maturity should also be complete. This factor will be discussed during your consultation, especially for individuals under 18.
How is a Rhinoplasty performed?
The approach to rhinoplasty can vary but typically is broken into three categories:
- Closed rhinoplasty
- Open rhinoplasty
- Dorsal preservation rhinoplasty
The incisions are typically made inside the nose and the skin is raised to allow fine correction of the underlying tissue, cartilage, and bone. Grafts are put into place to allow the structure of the nose to remain in place long-term. These grafts often come from the septum, ear, or rib. The aesthetics and function can be improved at the same time to allow for the most improvement in nasal appearance and health. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient surgery. The time needed can vary from 2 hours to 7 hours in cases of complicated, revision rhinoplasties.
What can I expect after a Rhinoplasty?
Colorado Facial Plastic Surgery will provide post-operative instructions following rhinoplasty surgery. This important information will include how to care for the treatment area and when you can return to work or other activities. Patients should follow these guidelines closely to ensure proper healing. The cast, tape, sutures, and splints will be removed at the one week post-operative visit. At that time, cleaning, taping, and possible steroid injections will begin as the journey toward healing begins. Swelling is normal after surgery and can take time to improve. Many patients will take a few days off of work but then return quickly to light activity. We suggest avoiding strenuous activity and attending follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing.
Is functional rhinoplasty covered by insurance?
While rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not covered by insurance, some of your costs may be covered by insurance if you have a functional problem. If you plan on using insurance, please tell us during your consultation. Our office will help you submit the needed paperwork and information to your insurance to process your claim.
Can you change your nose shape without surgery?
If you want to smooth the appearance of imperfections within your nose, a hyaluronic acid-based filler (like JUVÉDERM®) might be an option. A filler can temporarily correct minor imperfections on your nose, which might help you decide to undergo rhinoplasty. A rhinoplasty is better for long-lasting results, larger changes, and to adjust the internal structure for better function, though.
What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is about improving the appearance of the nose while still keeping your cultural identity. If you are Asian, African American, or Middle Eastern, this may be a consideration. Understanding your goals allows us to personalize your treatment plan so you get your best results.
Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Many patients consider combining rhinoplasty with another procedure such as chin augmentation. Rhinoplasty can take a significant period of time to perform in cases of revision, for example. In order to avoid a suboptimal result, we may recommend spacing your procedures. Rhinoplasty can help your whole face look more balanced so you may wait to see your results before considering another treatment.
How much does a rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty varies based on what technique we use and the complexity of the procedure. The surgeon’s fees range from $5,000 to +$10,000 not including anesthesia fees, facility costs, and supplies.
Your Best Nose
Rhinoplasty is a great idea to address the displeasure you might feel when looking at your appearance. If you are dissatisfied with the size and shape of your nose or if you have breathing issues, rhinoplasty may help. Rhinoplasty is a highly sought-after cosmetic treatment with great success rates. Our surgeons at Colorado Facial Plastic Surgery aim to reshape your nose to achieve your desired outcome. Even minor tweaks can lead to a huge difference. We invite you to contact our practice in Denver, CO to schedule a consultation.
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