Questions & Answers About Rhinoplasty


To help you start learning about rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has created this helpful rhinoplasty Question and Answer Guide to address some of the most commonly asked questions about nose jobs.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job”, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States each year. Whether it is to reshape what nature provided, repair damage from an accident or injury, or alleviate structural issues that impede breathing, thousands of patients turn to rhinoplasty for relief every year.

How Is A Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?

During a nose job procedure, the nasal skin is gently elevated off of the underlying bone and cartilages. Nasal bones and cartilage are modified or removed and tissue is sometimes added, to reshape the structure of the nose. The skin of the nose remains unaltered. Once the underlying structure is revised, the skin is re-draped and over several weeks, months and years will shrink and conform to the new shape, resulting in an impressive final result.

What Are The Benefits Of Rhinoplasty?

There are many benefits from rhinoplasty, including:

  • Better Sleep

Your body needs 6-8 hours of restful sleep each night to maintain good health. Unfortunately, structural irregularities in your nasal cavity can cause excessive snoring, sleep apnea or other breathing difficulties, making a good night’s sleep just a dream. A nose job, combined with other procedures to reshape the inner nasal passageway, can help eliminate these common sleep problems.

  • Easier Breathing

For some people, the simple act of taking a deep breath through the nose is difficult or even impossible due to blockage in the nose, caused by a misshapen septum – the structure that separates the two nasal cavities. A qualified and skilled facial plastic surgeon can reshape the inner nose and correct these issues, allowing the patient to finally breathe normally.

  • Improved Self-Esteem

Your nose is the focal point of your face. If you are self-conscious about it, your overall confidence suffers. Getting a nose job can be the easiest way to boost your self-confidence and put your best face forward.

What Are The Risks Of Rhinoplasty?

As with any medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with rhinoplasty surgery. While many of these risks are remote in the hands of a highly skilled surgeon like Dr. Miller, the risks cannot be fully eliminated.

Some of the risks associated with rhinoplasty include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Poor Wound Healing Or Scarring
  • Unsatisfactory aesthetic result

Who Are The Best Candidates For Rhinoplasty?

The ideal rhinoplasty patient is healthy, has finished growing, is a non-smoker, agrees and loves the “unified vision” of the intended results generated by both the patient and Dr. Miller, and has realistic expectations about the final outcome. While rhinoplasty can improve one’s appearance in dramatic ways, there are still limitations. Open and clear communication between surgeon and patient, combined with a patient’s recognition of realistic outcomes, is the best combination to ensure satisfactory and appreciated results.

What Happens On The Day Of Rhinoplasty Surgery?

The rhinoplasty patient arrives at Dr. Miller’s accredited, office-based surgical suite, and is prepped for the 1 to 2.5 hour outpatient procedure. The patient will be sedated with either a general anesthesia or intravenous medication to ensure comfort throughout the procedure, and the procedure begins.

Depending on the shape and contours of your nose, Dr. Miller will perform either an open or closed rhinoplasty to access the interior nasal structure. Both approaches require incisions hidden within the nostrils, and an open requires an additional small, discreet incision in the columella, the column between the nostrils.

Once the procedure is complete, the incisions inside the nose are closed with dissolvable stitches, any skin incisions are closed with fine hair thin sutures, nasal packing may be used to control bleeding, and a light splint is placed over the nose to control swelling and provide support. Any packing that was placed is removed before the patient is sent home. The cast is removed after one week.

What Is Rhinoplasty Recovery Like?

The vast majority of rhinoplasty patients experience uneventful post-operative phases and are thrilled with their final results. Swelling, bruising and slight nasal blockage are expected symptoms after a nose job and are not considered complications to the procedure. Patients usually take at least one week off from school or work and must avoid strenuous activity for 3-6 weeks following the procedure.

How Do I Learn More About Rhinoplasty?

You can learn more about Rhinoplasty by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Miller in NYC. Just fill out our convenient Contact Form or call us at (646) 791-3112, and one of our helpful Patient Advisers will help you.

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