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What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also called nose surgery or a “nose job,” is a very popular procedure that can make a profound difference in the balance of facial features and in a person’s self-esteem.

What can rhinoplasty help treat?

Nose Surgery can effectively:

  • Reduce nose size
  • Narrow nose width along the bridge
  • Alter the size and shape of the nostrils
  • Enhance facial profile

By simply altering the bridge or tip of the nose, or narrowing or changing the shape of the nostrils, rhinoplasty or nose surgery offers men, women and teens subtle or dramatic improvement in their overall facial appearance.

Available in Pittsburgh, rhinoplasty is performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Jason Tomsic or board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Craig Oser in our Mt. Lebanon state-licensed, nationally-accredited surgery center.

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The rhinoplasty procedure

During a rhinoplasty or nose surgery procedure, which takes about two hours to perform, an incision is made on the rim of the nose and inside the nostrils, once healed the scars are practically invisible. Without disturbing the soft tissue of the nose, the surgeon gently reshapes the supporting structures that caused the external imperfection.

Unlike many other cosmetic surgery procedures for the face, rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is performed to correct flaws unrelated to the aging process. It can be performed as soon as the nose is fully grown, as early as 16 years of age. After age 45, rhinoplasty can be performed, but the nasal tissues are thicker and, therefore, harder to sculpt during the procedure. No matter when rhinoplasty is performed, most patients are overwhelmed by both the cosmetic and functional improvement.

Recovery from nose surgery

Immediately following rhinoplasty, an external dressing will be positioned on the nose for five to seven days. Patients may experience some discomfort which can be managed with prescribed pain relievers and an ice pack. Swelling and discoloration of the eyes is common and will diminish in a week or two.*

Depending on the occupation, most individuals are comfortable returning to work seven to ten days after having nose surgery, however swelling and bruising may still be visible. Careful attention should be paid to bending over and lifting heavy objects for about three weeks after having a nose job as this can cause residual swelling. Exercise can typically be resumed three or four weeks after rhinoplasty nose surgery, however contact sports should be avoided for six to eight weeks, until the bone structure has had ample time to heal.

Results from nose surgery can be seen once the bandages are removed, however the full benefits of rhinoplasty surgery will not be realized for approximately one year after the nose surgery since the last one to two percent of swelling disappears very gradually.

*results may vary

Are the results of nose surgery permanent*?

Yes, rhinoplasty provides lasting results. The structure of the nose is the one part of face that is not altered by the aging process.

Can rhinoplasty be performed with other procedures?

Yes. Many individuals choose to combine rhinoplasty surgery with other types of facial rejuvenation surgeries such as:

  • QuickLift® Facelift
  • Facelift procedures
  • Brow lift
  • Eyelid surgery

Risks of nose surgery

The process of deciding to have elective cosmetic plastic surgery is highly individualized and very personal. This decision can offer lasting improvement not only to an individual’s physical appearance, but also to his or her self-confidence and self-esteem. However, choosing to have any type of elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery is not without risk and potential complications.

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Radiesse smoothes facial lines, wrinkles, and deeper facial creases while stimulating the skin’s natural collagen production. And now it’s FDA-approved for hand rejuvenation, too.

Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable treatment that provides subtle, natural results by a gradually increasing the thickness of the skin by stimulating the body’s own collagen production.

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