7 Common Questions About Rhinoplasty

Contemplating rhinoplasty (nose job) and thinking about commonly asked questions.

How popular is rhinoplasty? According to RealSelf.com, it’s the most-researched procedure by men and the second-most for women. People asked more questions about rhinoplasty (nose job) than any other procedure on the site, which features answers from board-certified specialists. As the leading rhinoplasty specialist serving Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and the surrounding areas, I’ve most likely heard every possible question that patients have about the procedure.

Some of the questions, however, are more common than others. In this post, I’ll answer questions that many rhinoplasty patients have asked during my 20-plus years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon.

What’s the most common type of rhinoplasty?

The 2 techniques surgeons use to perform rhinoplasty are known as “closed” and “open” rhinoplasty. A closed nose job involves making incisions inside the nose. For an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision along the strip of skin dividing the nostrils and lifts the skin to expose the nasal structures. I tend to prefer using the closed rhinoplasty technique.

How painful is rhinoplasty?

I perform rhinoplasty with patients under a general anesthetic, so the procedure itself does not involve any discomfort. When patients ask if rhinoplasty is painful, they’re typically referring to the recovery. There is usually very little pain after the surgery, but the stuffiness and sensation of pressure can be uncomfortable. I don’t use nasal packing, which avoids the discomfort that patients experience when a surgeon removes it.

Does a nose job last forever?

Rhinoplasty involves changing the nose’s size and shape by altering bone and cartilage, meaning the changes are permanent. Facial aging still occurs, of course, so the nose’s appearance will change as you get older.

How much should a nose job cost?

The cost of rhinoplasty varies depending on the extent of the procedure, the surgeon’s qualifications and training, and the practice’s geographic location. Shopping for the lowest cost practice isn’t a good idea for any elective surgery, but especially rhinoplasty. That’s because rhinoplasty requires a higher level of surgical skill than virtually all other cosmetic surgeries.

How long before you can exercise after rhinoplasty?

Even though we recommend taking short walks beginning the day after the surgery, it will be several weeks before you should resume strenuous exercise. It will depend on how fast your nose heals, among other factors. Patients should avoid any contact sports for several months.

Can rhinoplasty fix sinus problems?

Cosmetic rhinoplasty doesn’t address conditions such as a deviated septum that cause difficulty breathing through the nose. A procedure called septorhinoplasty improves the appearance of your nose and makes it easier to breathe. Septoplasty alone fixes structures blocking the airways.

When can I blow my nose after rhinoplasty?

Blowing your nose too soon after rhinoplasty can affect the results, so we recommend allowing nasal drip to occur naturally and gently wiping with a tissue for at least 10 days after surgery. Congestion is common after a nose job, so it can be uncomfortable not to blow your nose, but it’s important to avoid it.

Men and women considering rhinoplasty throughout the Los Angeles area and beyond travel to our Burbank, CA, practice for their surgeries. If you want to discuss the procedure with Dr. Vartany, contact us online to request a consultation or call us at (818) 500-0823 to schedule an appointment.

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