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Rhinoplasty

A nose that is misshapen or out of proportion to the face can greatly influence our facial aesthetics. With nasal surgery (rhinoplasty), the nose is sculpted and reshaped to enhance facial balance with a more beautiful and attractive nose. In some instances, small corrections can be made utilizing filler material – the “liquid rhinoplasty.”

What is a rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to change the aesthetic appearance of the nose. In most cases excess cartilage and bone is removed to provide a smaller, straighter, and more delicate nose. Occasionally, tissue is added to the nose. Dr. O’Connell believes that each nose must be viewed in relation to the entire face and that rhinoplasty must be individualized for each patient. Our goal is a refined, natural look, with avoidance of the overly “done,” turned up nose.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

  • Can rhinoplasty help my breathing problems?

    Difficulty breathing through the nose is often associated with a problem with the internal anatomy of the nose such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinate bones. Rhinoplasties commonly incorporate correction of these problems to improve breathing along with the cosmetic portion of the procedure.

  • What is an "open rhinoplasty"?

    In general there are two broad categories of aesthetic nasal surgical procedures – open and closed rhinoplasties. In open rhinoplasties an external incision is made in the columella (the tissue between the nostrils), while in closed rhinoplasties the procedure can be performed solely with internal incisions.

  • What is a nasal tip-plasty?

    In some cases, only the nasal tip is refined during a rhinoplasty and this is known as a tip-plasty.

  • What type of anesthesia is used for rhinoplasty?

    In most instances Dr. O’Connell utilizes general anesthesia for rhinoplasties involving significant modification of the nasal bridge. Some tip-plasties can be performed under local anesthesia in our office-based surgical facility.

  • Can filler be placed in the nose?

    Dr. O’Connell commonly injects fillers such as Restylane® for small modifications in nasal shape or to correct asymmetries.