Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery / Nose Job)

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, otherwise known as nose surgery or a “nose job” is a plastic surgery procedure for aesthetically enhancing, reconstructing or correcting the shape and form of the nose. Rhinoplasty may involve reducing the nose, narrowing the nose, altering the internal portions of the nose and or shaping and moving the cartilage of the nose.

The procedure is intended to improve the appearance of the nose either from simply natural causes to traumatic deformities. Rhinoplasty is also used to correct impaired breathing due to congenital nasal structural defects.

The artistry of rhinoplasty.

More than any other plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult and satisfying, requiring a surgeon with artistry and artistic ability to be able to visualize the final result in advance.

The real skill to rhinoplasty is to achieve what the patient wants and not what the surgeon wants. Many plastic surgeons try to build the same “nose” for every patient, whereas a good surgeon will listen to their patients and try to give them what they are requesting if it’s within the realm of possibility and good judgment.

Who is an ideal candidate for nasal surgery?

Each and every patient is unique in what they need from their nasal surgery. To arrive at a surgical plan that will meet your expectations, thorough communication and collaboration with Dr. Deschamps-Braly is critical to ensure an aesthetically pleasing result. Some of the most common aesthetic imbalances that we are asked to fix include:

  • “Bulbous” or too wide nasal tip
  • Bump on bridge of nose
  • Too narrow nasal tip
  • Tip of the nose droops down
  • Tip of nose points up too much
  • Flare of nostrils too extreme or too open
  • Nose bridge too wide or flat
  • Length of nose too long, too short
  • Nose crooked or lop-sided (asymmetric)
  • Difficulty breathing, snoring, or sleep apnea issues

When re-sculpting and contouring your new nose, Dr. Deschamps-Braly takes into consideration your existing features and your ethnic background to ensure a natural looking result.


Not happy with your previous rhinoplasty?

One of the most common types of nose surgeries that we perform is to correct a previous surgeon’s work. This is because while a surgeon may understand the technicalities of performing rhinoplasty, he may lack a keen artistic “eye” that understands facial symmetry and what constitutes harmonious facial features to produce an aesthetically pleasing result. During your initial consultation, Dr. Deschamps-Braly will undertake an extensive examination and provide a “second opinion” along with comprehensive recommendation for surgical improvement.

Read more about revision rhinoplasty surgery here.

How long will recover from my rhinoplasty surgery?

Immediately after your surgery, a splint along with surgical tape is applied to the bridge of your nose. This splint will be worn for the next seven days. You will experience some mild swelling and discomfort, but because we take steps to reduce your pain before your actual operation, any pain should be minimal and easily relieved with over-the-counter or non-opioid painkillers. Swelling usually resolves within 7-10 days. After one month post-op you will already see the impact of the procedure, with full results apparent by 6 months post-op.

What to expect from your initial consultation, surgery, and beyond.

Dr Deschamps-Braly’s approach to rhinoplasty is that of an artist and a surgeon. During your initial consultation he’ll listen to your concerns and then discuss possible outcomes and expectations.

Dr Deschamps-Braly will then conduct a thorough physical examination of your nose and photograph you from several angles, including your profile and features to help ensure that we’re communicating effectively about the changes that you would like and that he believes are possible.