Striking a delicate balance

In addition to improving the look of the nose, rhinoplasty can also help correct structural defects that have led to poor breathing. By enhancing both form and function, rhinoplasty has risen to become one of the most requested cosmetic treatments in South Florida and beyond.

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Our Approach

Our team of experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeons will conduct an in-depth consultation to discover exactly what you like and dislike about your nose. From there, they will develop a personalized treatment plan to address imperfections in the nasal bridge, tip, and nostrils, as well as internal airway obstructions. Rhinoplasty can reduce a prominent dorsal hump, correct a drooping or elongated nasal tip, sculpt the nostrils, fix a deviated septum, or reduce the overall size and projection of the nose.

Problems related to injury or nasal trauma can also be addressed during surgery. Emphasis is placed on obtaining a natural, seamless outcome that is perfectly matched to the patient’s goals and preserves their innate beauty and attractiveness. By helping to align the patient’s ideal self-image with their anatomy, the procedure has been shown to boost self-confidence.

Cosmetic Issues Addressed

  • Nasal bumps and humps
  • Nostril shape and size
  • A drooping or bulbous tip
  • A broken or injured nose
  • A nose that is disproportionately large
  • A nose that doesn’t suit the rest of the features
  • Nasal asymmetry

What to Expect During the Procedure

Primary Rhinoplasty

Primary rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia to address imperfections in the nasal tip, bridge, and nostrils while also improving breathing functionality. The surgery may involve shaving the bone, removing excess cartilage, creating nasal grafts, or other advanced surgical techniques. Internal suturing may be used to improve the shape of the nasal tip. The entire procedure typically takes 1 to 3 hours, depending on the extent of the required changes.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic rhinoplasty is performed to preserve cultural and ethnic heritage while delivering a nose that is both proportionate to the other facial features and in line with the patient’s aesthetic sensibilities.

Our board-certified facial plastic surgeons perform African-American, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Hispanic rhinoplasty that is personalized and natural-looking.

Revision Rhinoplasty

The swelling after a primary rhinoplasty can last up to one year, so it’s important for patients to assess their final result only after this initial period has passed. If a patient is still unhappy with their nose surgery outcome at that point, they can consider revision surgery. Revision rhinoplasty can be more complicated than the original surgery due to the scar tissue left behind, which can obscure access to the nasal scaffolding. There may also be a scarcity of cartilage to work with, and the surgeon may have to obtain new material from the ribs or the ears. For these reasons, revision rhinoplasty sometimes has a longer recovery time.

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Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

Open rhinoplasty affords the surgeon the greatest access to the internal nasal structures, and is used in cases where the changes needed are moderate to significant. With this approach, the surgeon creates a small, inconspicuous incision at the base of the nose across the columella (the thin strip separating the nostrils). 

During closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nostrils, where they are hidden from view entirely. There is no outward scarring whatsoever. This approach is useful for those who require more minor improvements to the shape and size of the nose. The recovery time tends to be slightly shorter than for the open technique. 

Our team will examine your nose during your consultation and determine the approach that will deliver the best results in your individual case. Rest assured whether the open or closed technique is chosen, we do everything possible to ensure scarring is virtually imperceptible.

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Your final cosmetic outcome will depend in part on how well you follow your surgeon’s instructions after surgery. The recovery period should be a time for healing, so you will need to set aside enough time to rest, avoiding strenuous activity for 4 to 6 weeks. You will need to plan ahead, enlisting the help of a friend or family member to assist you for the first 24 to 48 hours. A nasal splint is usually worn for the first 5 to 7 days. Swelling, discoloration around the eyes, and tenderness in the midface are all normal reactions to surgery, and will gradually disappear with time.

Swelling will greatly diminish in the coming weeks and months, but some residual swelling may continue to exist for up to one year. This is usually only visible by the patient and their plastic surgeon, however. Our team will provide you with a detailed aftercare plan that addresses the best practices for sleeping, eating, drinking, caring for your bandages, returning to work, and resuming exercise.

Your surgeon will make sure you go home with prescriptions for painkillers and antibiotics to ward off postoperative infection. Lastly, we will set follow-up appointments for you at scheduled intervals to ensure you are guided and supported at every phase of your healing.


A rhinoplasty performed by one of our skilled, vetted facial plastic surgeons will provide you with beautiful, organic-looking improvements for years to come. Our conservative, precision-oriented approach ensures that the risk of complications is greatly reduced and that you will enjoy a natural, elegant look long-term.

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A good candidate for rhinoplasty has weighed their decision to undergo surgery carefully, and has realistic expectations for what the procedure can achieve based on their private consultation with our team in South Florida. Additionally, patients need to be mentally and physically healthy non-smokers who are free from any significant medical issues that are currently unresolved. Rhinoplasty can be performed on adults of all ages and on teens as young as 15 for girls and 18 for boys.

Rhinoplasty is an excellent option for:

  • Improving the size and shape of the nose
  • Correcting the nasal projection
  • Reducing a dorsal hump
  • Refining the nostrils
  • Reshaping the nasal tip
  • Contouring the nose after an injury or trauma
  • Enhancing nasal symmetry
  • Improving breathing


Can rhinoplasty be combined with other procedures?

Yes. Rhinoplasty is often combined with chin augmentation to effectively balance the profile. Nose surgery can also be paired with blepharoplasty, a facelift, a brow lift, or otoplasty to overhaul the appearance and pause the clock on facial aging. Non-surgical treatments with dermal fillers and injectables can also be excellent companions for rhinoplasty.

How long will the procedure take?

Rhinoplasty usually takes 1 to 3 hours, depending on the complexity of the surgery. Revision rhinoplasties and procedures to address functionality may take longer than primary cosmetic procedures.

Is the procedure painful?

Because patients are given general anesthesia or IV sedation during surgery, there is no pain experienced. After surgery, you can expect swelling, bruising, and tenderness to be at their worst for the first few days. Prescription pain medications are typically only needed for 2 to 3 days, after which Tylenol® is usually all that is needed.

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