A rhinoplasty is an aesthetic treatment used to change the look of the nose. Furthermore, it may help repair a functional or breathing issue in many patients. San Francisco, CA plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony is a experienced cosmetic nose and facial surgeon who performs rhinoplasty surgery, taking a conservative approach to allow for the most soft and natural results. Although rhinoplasty consists of delicate changes, results tend to be quite dramatic. Cosmetic nose surgery can be recommended to make a nose appear smaller in size or change a nose that is too large or wide. The objective is to allow for a more aesthetically appealing nose that meets your cosmetic desires and functions well. Get more information on rhinoplasty before you contact our practice to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
"Dr. Anthony replaced my saline implants, in June of 2010, that were a size 36 DDDD, too large for my frame (placed by a previous plastic surgeon). He implanted saline implants, 36D; they look totally natural and fabulous!! I am so thrilled-I look great in any outfit, especially swim wear and tank top type outfits. During the same surgery, he also performed a rhinoplasty, for only cosmetic reasons on my part. I had a huge nose and now it looks fabulous as well. Thank you forever Dr. Anthony! YMH"- Y.M. / Healthgrades / Apr 16, 2016
Adults and teenagers over 16 years of age are candidates for cosmetic nose surgery. If you find yourself frustrated with the appearance of your nose and have distinct issues you hope to improve, enhance, or correct, this procedure may be the correct course of action. It's very important that expectations are understood, as your nose and facial profile will be altered. Furthermore, facial growth and maturity should also be complete. This will be addressed during your consultation, even more so for adolescents.
Nose surgery is performed while the patient is under sedation, such as general anesthesia, and is in most cases an outpatient procedure. This treatment offers different surgical methods depending on your concerns and problems. Dr. Anthony performs rhinoplasty using either an open or closed (endonasal) approach. The objective during the procedure is to decrease or eliminate excess bone, cartilage, and tissue, or to build and increase cartilage if necessary for reconstruction. The nasal features are repositioned and the skin is draped over the newly structured framework. Stitches are positioned either on the inside portion of the nose or within the natural external fold.
What to Expect
Upon completion of your cosmetic nose surgery, you will rest comfortably in the recovery area, and then our nurses will release you to recover at home. The nose and the surrounding area will be swollen, bruised, and sore for the first few days. In almost all patients, there is some discoloration beneath the eyes in addition to the nose. Consistently using cold compresses and inflammatory medications can assist with these effects. Your post-op check-up with Dr. Anthony will be scheduled within the first several days after surgery to assess your healing progress. It takes around 2 – 4 weeks to look normal following nose surgery. Within this timeframe, strenuous exertion should be avoided.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty varies based on what technique is used and how complex your procedure is. Before estimating costs, Dr. Anthony will listen to your concerns and goals to help develop your custom treatment plan. When this is done, he can discuss costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. For your best results, it's important to focus on selecting an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Anthony, instead of the lowest cost. To help make your surgery easier to afford, we accept several payment methods and our office can help you find low-interest financing.
Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
Although rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not paid by insurance, functional rhinoplasty that is medically necessary to improve your breathing may be covered. If you may be applying for reimbursement from your insurance, please tell Dr. Anthony in your consultation. We can help you submit any information and paperwork to your insurance to process your claim.
Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
If you want to smooth lumps and bumps on your nose, a wrinkle filler (like Restylane or Juvéderm) might be an option. A filler can temporarily improve minor imperfections, which might help you decide to get a rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for larger changes and long-lasting results, and to adjust the internal structure for better function. At your consultation, Dr. Anthony can tell you more about nonsurgical nose reshaping.
What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is about improving the nose while still keeping your cultural identity. This is often a concern if you are African-American, Asian, or Middle Eastern. In your consultation with Dr. Anthony, you can talk about what you want to keep and what you want to change. This will allow him to personalize your treatment plan to give you your best results.
Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Some patients think about combining rhinoplasty with another procedure, like cheek or chin augmentation. Having multiple surgeries for a dramatic result can be reviewed during your consultation with Dr. Anthony. Once he understands your goals, he can help you choose which procedures will be in your custom plan. Rhinoplasty can help your whole face appear more balanced, so you should wait to see your results before getting another procedure.
Your Best Nose
Nose surgery is a great option to address the distaste you might feel when looking in the mirror at your appearance. If you're dissatisfied with the size and shape of your nose or if you suffer from breathing problems, nose surgery may help. Nose surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure with very high success rates. Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony aims to improve your nose so your entire face appears more attractive and proportionate. Even minor adjustments can lead to an impressive difference. We encourage you to get in touch with our facility in San Francisco, CA and schedule an appointment.