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Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that can be fine-tuned according to the needs of each patient. When the operation is properly performed, your nose appears to be balanced and in proportion to the rest of your features. Almost every cosmetic problem with the nose can be improved with the rhinoplasty procedure.

Rhinoplasty – California Nose Surgery

Los Angeles & Pasadena, California

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Just about anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their nose is a candidate for rhinoplasty. However, it is important to wait until your nose has fully developed to undergo the procedure. This occurs around the age of 14 or 15.

As with any surgical procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations for the outcome.

Bringing in photos of your desired results will greatly help Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole during the planning phase. You will also receive a detailed digital photographic planning of your nose to ensure you have a thorough understanding of how your results will look.

Your Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery Procedure

Dr. O’Toole performs rhinoplasty in different ways depending on the needs of the individual patient. One aspect that can be changed is the number and location of the incisions, which may be made on the underside of the nose or within the nostrils. Working through these incisions, Dr. O’Toole manipulates the nose cartilage and bone until he has produced the desired shape. The incisions are then carefully closed.

Sometimes, your rhinoplasty must address the airway as well to correct issues with the septum. Dr. O’Toole will inform you if this is necessary during the planning phase.

Often, Dr. O’Toole may recommend chin implants in conjunction with a rhinoplasty for enhanced results.

Recovery after Rhinoplasty

Post-surgical swelling can be expected, and you may not see the final results of your rhinoplasty surgery until weeks or even months have passed. However, within one week, most of the swelling and bruising will subside enough for you to return to work and resume normal activities. When the finished result does appear, we are confident that you will be delighted with your symmetrical and streamlined profile.

Watch a 3D animation of rhinoplasty surgery

Please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary nose surgery consultation. Dr. O’Toole serves patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood, California.

Questions about Nose Jobs

What issues does a nose job address?

A nose job, or rhinoplasty, serves the dual purpose of bringing your nose into proper proportions with your face while also improving its contours and overall appearance. Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole can perform a rhinoplasty to correct a variety of issues with your nose including size, shape, tip direction, humps and bumps, position, and nostril width.

Am I a good candidate for a nose job?

Good candidates for a nose job should be unhappy with one or more aspects of their nose. Other considerations include your general health, preparedness for a surgical procedure, and realistic expectations. Ultimately, the best way to determine your candidacy for a nose job is to schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Toole.

What are my nose job options?

Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole offers both closed and open rhinoplasty. With closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside of your nostrils, eliminating external scarring. When open rhinoplasty is required, an additional incision will be made along the skin in between your nostrils. The scar from this incision will be discretely hidden and will naturally fade with time. Dr. O’Toole will recommend the technique that is most likely to provide you with the best results for your unique situation and aesthetic goals.

How long does it take to recover from a nose job?

Recovery from your nose job will depend on factors including your body’s natural healing ability and how well you follow Dr. O’Toole’s postsurgical advice. Most people are able to return to work within one week, but swelling and bruising may continue for two weeks or longer. With proper care, these issues will subside quickly, revealing your newly sculpted nose.

Can a nose job be combined with other facial plastic surgery options?

It is common to combine a nose job with facial plastic surgery options such as:

However, this needs to be determined on a patient-by-patient basis. At your initial consultation, Dr. O’Toole will recommend the ideal set of procedures to address your unique aesthetic goals.

If you live in Los Angeles, Covina, Arcadia, or Hollywood, California and have questions about nose jobs, please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin O’Toole.


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