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Rhinoplasty in Phoenix, Arizona

Is Rhinoplasty Right for Me?

Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is one of the most common procedures performed today. Having an unusually large nose can affect both your self-esteem and your health. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry C. Leverett performs rhinoplasty and other cosmetic procedures for the residents of Ahwatukee, Chandler, Glendale, Maricopa County, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, and the surrounding areas of Phoenix.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure aimed at reshaping the nose to improve its appearance and/or function. This versatile surgery can alter the size, shape, and proportions of the nose, enhancing facial harmony and self-confidence. Beyond cosmetic enhancement, rhinoplasty can also correct congenital defects, repair injuries, and resolve breathing issues caused by structural abnormalities such as a deviated septum.

How Does a Nose Job Work?

There are two common techniques for performing rhinoplasty. The choice of technique depends on the specific changes desired. During the surgery, the nasal bones and cartilages can be reshaped, removed, or augmented to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome or to improve nasal function.


Open Rhinoplasty

Open rhinoplasty is a technique where Dr. Leverett makes a small incision across the columella (the strip of tissue separating the nostrils), in addition to incisions inside the nose. This approach provides direct visibility and access to the underlying nasal structures. Open rhinoplasty is favored for more complex procedures, such as significant reshaping, reconstruction, or when precise manipulation of the nasal tip is required.


Closed Rhinoplasty

Closed rhinoplasty, also known as endonasal rhinoplasty, involves incisions made solely within the nostrils. There are no external incisions, meaning no visible scars on the skin of the columella. This technique limits the degree of surgical access compared to open rhinoplasty but is less invasive, often resulting in a quicker recovery with less swelling.

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What are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?

Your nose is sometimes the first thing people see when they look at you. An overly large nose can draw more attention than you may like. Rhinoplasty offers many benefits to patients who suffer from a large or oddly shaped nose. Some of the benefits include:

  • A more aesthetically pleasing nose
  • Better breathing with less discomfort
  • More self-confidence

Am I A Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

If you are unhappy with the shape, size or overall appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty may be right for you. People who have suffered trauma to the nose due to an accident or illness may be good candidates. Anyone with breathing difficulties due to nasal imperfections can benefit from nose surgery. The best way to determine your candidacy is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leverett, where you can discuss your cosmetic goals and determine if a nose job is a good fit for you.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Nose Job?

Rhinoplasty can be performed on patients once their nasal bone has matured, typically around age 15 or 16 for girls and a bit later for boys. It's crucial that patients are both emotionally and physically mature before pursuing rhinoplasty, as it ensures they are making informed decisions about the surgery and have a full understanding of the long-term effects.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

The cost of your rhinoplasty procedure will vary depending on the extent of surgery needed to produce your desired results, and any other customizations made to your surgical approach. During your consultation Dr. Leverett and his staff will discuss the costs associated with your personalized treatment plan. To help make nose job surgeries more affordable and accessible to his patients, Dr. Leverett offers financing through CareCredit® and Prosper Healthcare Lending. Our office also accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash and cashier’s checks.

How to Get Rhinoplasty Covered by Insurance

Insurance coverage for rhinoplasty depends on whether the procedure is performed for cosmetic reasons or to correct functional issues. If rhinoplasty is needed to improve breathing or correct a congenital defect or injury, insurance may cover some or all of the costs. Obtaining pre-authorization from your insurance provider by providing detailed medical necessity documentation is typically essential for coverage consideration.

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What is Rhinoplasty Surgery Like?

What Happens During Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Rhinoplasty surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. In some cases, it can be done under local IV sedation and other times under general anesthesia. Upon your consultation with Dr. Leverett, he will help in determining which is best for you. To perform surgery, Dr. Leverett will use either the open rhinoplasty technique or the closed rhinoplasty technique. The open rhinoplasty technique is used for more complex cases, and involves incisions in the columella as well as inside the nose. Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions inside the nose, eliminating any visible scarring. However, this approach is limited in its capabilities and is typically used for minor corrections.

What Do Rhinoplasty Scars Look Like?

The scars that develop after your rhinoplasty procedure will depend on the surgical techniques used for your surgery. The closed rhinoplasty technique only requires incisions inside the nose, which means there will be no visible scarring. The open rhinoplasty technique, however, requires an incision in the columella, resulting in a small scar. Many patients are pleasantly surprised at how well this incision heals, with any scarring being barely perceptible. Dr. Leverett makes every effort to minimize scarring and will provide you with post-care techniques to help the incisions heal optimally.

    What is Rhinoplasty Recovery Like?

    How Long Does a Nose Job Take to Heal?

    Following a rhinoplasty, patients will have a splint on the nose that is removed five days following the procedure. Although not often, in certain cases patients may need packing inside the nose which is removed in two to three days. Depending on the necessary procedure, patients may have bruising under the eyes. Our patients start anti-bruising remedies prior to surgery to reduce bruising and often use topical products after surgery. Swelling is expected after surgery and gradually subsides. Most patients return to work, school, and other activities in seven to 10 days. You’ll look and feel “back to normal” approximately two to three months after your surgery, but it’s important to remember that residual swelling and subtle healing will continue for up to a year after your surgery.

    How Painful Is Rhinoplasty Recovery?

    The recovery process from rhinoplasty primarily involves managing discomfort rather than severe pain. Patients often describe feeling a dull ache or pressure in the nasal area, largely due to swelling and the placement of nasal splints or packing. This sensation is also compounded by the temporary congestion that follows surgery, making it feel similar to having a severe cold. Additionally, patients might experience sensitivity around the nose, and facial expressions or movements that engage nasal muscles may increase discomfort initially. The majority of patients find that the most significant discomfort subsides within the first week post-surgery, with a significant improvement after the removal of any splints or packing.

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      Post Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

      What Not to Do After Rhinoplasty

      The success of rhinoplasty recovery hinges not only on following post-operative care instructions but also on avoiding certain activities that can jeopardize the results:

      • Avoid Blowing Your Nose: This can increase swelling, cause bleeding, or disrupt the healing tissues. If you need to sneeze, try to do so with your mouth open to minimize pressure on the nasal structures.
      • Avoid Strenuous Activities: High-intensity activities or any exercise that raises blood pressure can lead to increased swelling or bleeding. Gradually resume exercise as advised by Dr. Leverett, usually starting with light walks and avoiding contact sports for several weeks.
      • Be Careful with Glasses: Glasses can exert pressure on the nose, potentially altering its shape during the healing process. Consider using cheek rests or switching to contact lenses during the critical initial weeks post-surgery.
      • Protect Your Nose from the Sun: Sun exposure can cause discoloration and exacerbate swelling. Use high-SPF sunscreen and wear a hat when outdoors to protect your healing skin.
      • Avoid Smoking: Smoking impedes blood flow and oxygen delivery, crucial for healing, and can significantly extend recovery time and increase the risk of complications.

      How to Sleep After Rhinoplasty

      After rhinoplasty, patients should sleep on their backs with their head elevated higher than their heart to minimize swelling and avoid putting pressure on the nose. Using a few pillows or a foam wedge can help maintain this position comfortably. Most patients can resume sleeping on their side or in other positions approximately two weeks after their surgery, but it’s important to check with Dr. Leverett before doing so to make sure that you are healing as expected.

      How Long After Rhinoplasty Can I Wear Glasses?

      Patients are typically advised to avoid placing glasses directly on the bridge of the nose for at least 4-6 weeks after surgery. If you must wear glasses, consider using cheek rests or taping the glasses to your forehead until it's safe to wear them normally.

      How Long Does a Nose Job Last?

      Rhinoplasty results are considered permanent, with the initial year of recovery being a period of significant change and settling. After this time, the nose's appearance should stabilize, offering a lifelong improvement. You’ll be able to appreciate early results within several weeks of treatment, after the majority of swelling subsides. After one year, the full and final results of rhinoplasty will be revealed.

      If you live in or around the Greater Phoenix area, such as Ahwatukee, Chandler, Glendale, Maricopa County, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Gilbert, please contact our office today and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry C. Leverett and see if rhinoplasty is right for you. Let Body By Leverett help you get the nose you’ve always wanted.