Nose Surgery

Rhinoplasty

Patients who feel their nose is misshapen or out of proportion with their other facial features often choose nose surgery as performed by Tucson board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro. By adjusting the shape and size of a person's nose, Dr. Alfaro not only achieves greater facial harmony for the patient, but can help the patient experience increased self-esteem. Some patients who undergo successful nose surgeries may count the procedure as "life changing."

What to Expect During Nose Surgery

What is it?

Nose surgery is a cosmetic procedure in which your plastic surgeon accesses the structures of your nose to make adjustments to its size or shape. This brings about improved facial harmony.

In/Outpatient:

Outpatient

Surgery time:

1-3 hours

Recovery time:

1-2 weeks

How Nose Surgery Works

For your nose surgery in Tucson, Dr. Alfaro's anesthesiologist will administer a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic with sedation. Either option will help you sleep through the procedure and improve your comfort.

Depending on your nose and aesthetic goals, Dr. Alfaro will either make an incision inside your nose through which to access the cartilage or an incision just under the nose, hidden in the crease. Through his chosen incision site, Dr. Alfaro will be able to see the cartilage which gives the shape of your nose and mold it into the desired aesthetic result.

When he has achieved the ideal shape, Dr. Alfaro will close the incision with sutures and a surgical dressing will be applied. This can include a nasal splint as well as nasal packing.

For the first several days of your surgery, you may experience some swelling or numbness. Any discomfort you feel may be managed with medication prescribed by Dr. Alfaro. After a week or so, you will no longer need the surgical dressings.

For several weeks after your nose surgery in Tucson, you will need to take care to avoid activities that put your nose at risk for impact. Dr. Alfaro can tell you what types of physical activity are appropriate at each stage of your recovery. About three to six months after your procedure, you should be fully healed and able to experience the full transformative benefits of your nose surgery in Tucson.

Rhinoplasty FAQ

What can be done in nose surgery?

Rhinoplasty surgery can change nose size, nose width, nose profile, as well as the nasal tip, nostrils and nasal symmetry (i.e. deviation).

Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is an individualized procedure. You should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

Good candidates are done growing (at least 13 years of age). They are healthy, non-smokers, who have realistic goals for the surgery.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

The risks of rhinoplasty include: rupture of small surface vessels of the nose, infection, poor healing, anesthesia risks, hematoma, asymmetry, cardiac and pulmonary complications, numbness, interference with nasal breathing, nasal septal perforation, pain, scarring, contour irregularities, skin discoloration, swelling, and need for revision surgery.

What happens after nose surgery?

After your procedure is completed, a splint, internal tubes or packing will likely be placed inside your nose and a splint or bandages placed on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing.

It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to a year - and sometimes longer - for the outcome of the surgery to fully refine after rhinoplasty surgery. Although the results of nose surgery are usually permanent, cartilage may continue to reshape and move tissue that may change the outcome over time.

How much does rhinoplasty cost?

The price of nose surgery may include the surgeon’s fee, hospital or facility costs, anesthesia fees, prescriptions for medication, medical tests. Ask about our patient financing plans.

Is nose surgery covered by insurance?

When nose surgery is performed to improve breathing function, this procedure is considered reconstructive and may be covered by insurance. This requires a detailed examination to verify the cause of your breathing impairment and prior authorization from your insurer.

Scheduling Your Nose Surgery in Tucson

If you struggle with facial features you feel are out of harmony, we encourage you to learn more about nose surgery with Tucson plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro. Please call our practice today at (520) 323-9720 to schedule your consultation.