Answers to Common Rhinoplasty Questions
Please take a moment to read answers to frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty in San Francisco and Oakland. If you still have questions about rhinoplasty, request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 today.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Questions
- Will rhinoplasty hurt?
- How long will I need to take off work?
- What if I want to improve my nose, but I want to avoid an "operated" look?
- Can I make small changes to my nose without having surgery?
- Will my nose need to be broken?
- How soon before I can exercise?
- How long will I need to wear bandages and stay out of the public eye?
- Is there a difference in surgical procedure between different ethnicities?
- I like my nose, but something seems off and I can't put my finger on it?
- Can I see what my nose will look like with surgery before having the operation?
- I've had a rhinoplasty and am not happy with the results. What can you do to fix it?
- Will the cost change if I only want small changes to be made?
- Will insurance pay for my rhinoplasty?
- I am of African American decent and have wide nostrils that I feel are too large for my face. Is there a procedure that can be done to address this?
- I have noticed that many Asian Americans have a very low dorsal hump, or bridge. Is there a way to build the bridge non-surgically?
- What are some of the most common procedures desired by Asian American and African American patients?
- What are the advantages of a Surgical vs Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
Will rhinoplasty hurt?
Not really. The procedure is done either with general or twilight anesthesia, meaning you won't feel anything. Afterwards, you can expect your nose to be sore for about a week or so, but you should not experience any pain.
How long will I need to take off work?
Not long. Depending on the type of anesthesia, you will need approximately 2 to 4 days off. If your nasal tips are modified, you may have bruising for 10 to 14 days and will wear a protective splint for about a week. Heavy exercising should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
What if I want to improve my nose, but I want to avoid an "operated" look?
Well, you are like most people considering nasal surgery today. There was a time when the goals were to make every nose look like the 'in vogue' nose of the day - every nose was made smaller with a slight upturn. Contemporary goals have evolved. Rhinoplasty should be an elegant procedure, which makes refinements in the nasal appearance. The strengths are preserved and the features in question are modified to bring harmony to the nose and thus the entire face. The result is a natural nose, which complements the face.
Can I make small changes to my nose without having surgery?
Absolutely! Non-surgical dermafillers have become increasingly popular as they allow you to attain your desired changes in less than one hour, without the down-time afterwards necessary from a surgical procedure. See actual results on our Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty page.
Will my nose need to be broken?
This depends on the structure of your nose as well as the cosmetic goals you wish to attain. In most circumstances, Dr. Mabrie will be able to chisel the area of the bone that needs to be removed during a San Francisco rhinoplasty procedure instead of breaking it completely. Check out our How Rhinoplasty is Performed page for more information.
How soon before I can exercise?
You will be able to return to work and your daily routine within a few days, but we recommend two weeks of rest from physical activities such as exercise to ensure proper healing.
How long will I need to wear bandages and stay out of the public eye?
We will remove your bandages five days after your surgery. You will have some swelling and redness initially but should be "restaurant ready" in seven to ten days.
Is there a difference in surgical procedure between different ethnicities?
While each of us has the same basic anatomy, many of our features are based upon our heritage, especially in regards to the nose, as can be seen in our Balancing Ethnic Features page. While Dr. Mabrie will use the same method for each procedure, there is variability in the procedures desired from each patient, largely based on their ethnic background.
I like my nose, but something seems off and I can't put my finger on it.
This is a frequent concern for many patients: Feeling dissatisfied but unable to identify their area of concern. Our Evaluating Your Nose page explains the many different angles to view your nose from and how to better evaluate each area in proportion to the rest. If you still just can't seem to put your finger on it, Dr. Mabrie is happy to share his professional opinion and help you to address your area(s) of concern. Click here to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mabrie.
I've had a rhinoplasty and am not happy with the results. What can you do to fix it?
Dr. Mabrie specializes in rhinoplasty surgery, having the unique skill set necessary to address each patient's individual goals. Our Revision Rhinoplasty page provides detailed descriptions and case examples of rhinoplasties where Dr. Mabrie was able to achieve the desired results that were unsuccessful the first time around.
Will the cost change if I only want small changes to be made?
When there is only one element of your nose that you would like changed, we call this a Limited Rhinoplasty. Because a single change is not as extensive as a complete rhinoplasty, Dr. Mabrie is able to offer this procedure at a reduced price. This is applicable for Dorsal Augmentation, Nostril Reduction, and Straightening of the Nasal Bone. The tip of the nose is one of the most challenging areas to change, as great care is necessary to avoid over rotating or over defining the tip. Because this small yet powerful change requires such a great deal of intricacy, it is not considered a limited procedure.
Will insurance pay for my rhinoplasty?
Insurance plans usually do not cover purely cosmetic procedures. If you have difficulty breathing through your nose or have a deformity as the result of an injury, your insurance may cover a portion of the cost.
I am of African American decent and have wide nostrils that I feel are too large for my face. Is there a procedure that can be done to address this?
Many patients of African American decent share this common concern. Dr. Mabrie typically recommends avoiding a procedure to reduce the nostril width, as this can cause an artificial, "operated" look. Instead, he suggests augmenting the nasal tip, and also the dorsal hump, or bridge, if need be. By defining the nasal tip and bridge, Dr. Mabrie is able to bring balance to all sections of the nose, creating a harmony between the nostrils and the rest of the nose, as well the rest of the face.
I have noticed that many Asian Americans have a very low dorsal hump, or bridge. Is there a way to build the bridge non-surgically?
A low dorsal hump is a frequent trait in many Asian American patients. Non-surgically, the dorsum can be augmented using a dermafiller such as Restylane or Radiesse. This can be done in-office in about 20 minutes, the results lasting twelve to fifteen months. A permanent dermafiller called Artefill may also be used for everlasting results.
What are some of the most common procedures desired by Asian American and African American patients?
Patients of Mediterranean and Latin decent typically have dorsal convexity, also known as the nasal hump, while African American and Asian American patients usually have a lack of dorsal convexity which requires augmentation, or building, of the nasal bridge. This can be done both surgically and non-surgically (non-surgical rhino) using dermafillers such as Restylane or Radiesse.
Another common request is a narrowing of the nostrils. Many African and Asian American patients feel their nostrils are too wide for their face. A nostril reduction procedure can be performed non-surgically to narrow the nostril width. This procedure can be performed in-office in about one hour.
What are the advantages of a Surgical vs Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
During a surgical shinoplasty, Dr. Mabrie is able to address all areas of concern, from the nasal bridge to the tip. This includes reducing or augmenting nasal convexity, the nasal hump, correcting asymmetries throughout all areas of the nose, and amending tip definition and rotation. A non-surgical rhinoplasty is very useful when only a small change is needed, such as correcting a small amount of dorsal convexity or augmenting the nasal hump. In terms of severe asymmetry and tip definition, a surgical procedure is required to resolve the area of concern.
If you are interested in financing your procedure, we do offer payment plans through Care Credit starting at 0% APR for up to 18 months. Feel free to review this in detail through our Fees and Financing page.
To learn more about nose surgery, take a look at our How Rhinoplasty Is Performed page and our Recovering From Rhinoplasty page. You can also call our office and speak with our Patient Coordinator, Susan Cole. Susan is a great resource for patients and can answer your questions about procedures, recovery times, and financing options.