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What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a "nose job", is one of the most popular and common cosmetic surgical procedures. Nose surgery enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose by reducing or reshaping its appearance. Functionally, rhinoplasty nose surgery can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.

The surgery can either be performed for cosmetic reasons, or it can be performed as a reconstructive procedure. Our team at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery performs rhinoplasty nose surgery in Show Low, Arizona.

Benefits Of Rhinoplasty Surgery

The goals of rhinoplasty can be aesthetic or they can be reconstructive or functional. The benefits of nose surgery include:

  • Removing/reducing the size of a bump on the bridge of the nose
  • Reducing the prominence of the nasal tip
  • Reshaping/resizing the nose to fit the rest of the face
  • Straightening out the nose
  • Reshaping/resizing the nostrils
  • Resetting the nose after injury
  • Opening constricted nasal passages to improve functionality

For many people, the appearance of the nose is a main source for self-confidence issues. Rhinoplasty provides a solution for issues related to self-esteem and can improve confidence in those who choose to undergo the procedure.

Am I A Good Candidate For Nose Surgery?

The first step to being a good candidate for rhinoplasty is having the desire to enhance or augment your nose. Aside from the basics, in order to be a candidate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have good general health
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations of results
  • Be at least 13 years of age

During you consultation, Dr. Olack will determine whether or not he believes you will make a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

How Is Rhinoplasty Surgery Performed?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is most commonly performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. The surgery itself is relatively short, taking anywhere between one to three hours to complete. We use two techniques when performing rhinoplasty: open and closed. Both methods involve restructuring the nose through lifting the soft tissues covering the nasal cavities. Then, the tissues are closed with sutures and prepped to heal.


In an open rhinoplasty procedure, also known as an external rhinoplasty, a small incision is made between the nostrils (the columella). This allows to Dr. Olack to fold back the skin of the nose, giving him full access to the nasal structure. This form of surgery allows for better surgical accuracy, resulting in more precise contouring and reshaping of the nose.The downside of this form of rhinoplasty is that the chance of developing visible scarring is more likely than in closed rhinoplasty. This procedure is often the procedure of choice when it comes to nose surgery, but it is not for everyone.


A closed rhinoplasty, also known as an endonasal rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure wherein the surgeon makes incisions within the nose. This procedure is optimal for surgeries being performed to change the overall size of the nose, and/or to address breathing problems. The closed surgery does not allow for as much accuracy in reshaping the nose. Scarring is not visible with this form of nose surgery, as the incisions are made within the nasal cavity. However, risk of cartilage distortion is increased during this procedure. Closed nose surgery is not optimal for patients who are looking to have a more cosmetic reshaping of their nose.

What Is The Recovery From A Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Patients report swollen and bruised eyes immediately following their procedure. During the healing period, patients can expect some degree of pain around the nasal cavity and sinuses, as well as bleeding from these areas. A dull headache is also normal to experience during this time. For the first week after surgery, splints and some degree of packing will remain inside your nose to aid comfort and healing. Most patients report returning to their normal activities around a week after surgery.

Are There Risks To Nose Surgery?

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Side effects and complications associated with rhinoplasty surgery are rare. When they do occur, however, they are often minor. These side effects include:

  • Recurring nosebleeds
  • Poor reaction to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Numbness in/around the nose

Rare complications include asymmetry, scarring, and a perforated septum.

What Is A Revision Rhinoplasty?

A revision rhinoplasty, also known as a secondary rhinoplasty, is a surgical nasal procedure. We perform this procedure to correct abnormalities caused by a previous operation on the nose. We consider this procedure to be more difficult because there is less cartilage and bone to work with. The surgery has a higher risk of resulting in scarring or tissue contracture. However, with a skilled surgeon, secondary nose surgeries can improve the function and appearance of the nose overall.

Schedule A Consultation

Call Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today at 928.537.6767 to schedule your free consultation with our skilled technicians.

Individual results vary. Seek medical advice before starting any treatment.

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