Nose Surgery

Nose Surgery – Rhinoplasty in Newport Beach California

Historically rhinoplasty is known as one of the most demanding of operations in aesthetic surgery. The goal of a rhinoplasty is to both create an aesthetically pleasing nose, while at the same time improve the breathing function of the nose, if needed. It is Dr. Bain’s philosophy that form and function be considered during the planning, operative and recovery phase of this procedure.


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The shape of the face is the primary determinant of the subsequent shape of the nose that is created. The presence of nasal piercing can result in damage to the skin and the internal structure of the nose. This must be recognized and repaired. Additionally, if there is a problem with the ability to breathe through the nose this must be addressed.

Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure that is designed to alter the shape, size, and overall appearance of the nose. It can be used to correct a wide range of nasal abnormalities, including a crooked or off-center nose, a bulbous or misshapen tip, and a nasal bridge that is too wide or too narrow. Rhinoplasty can also be used to correct functional problems with the nose, such as difficulty breathing or recurrent sinus infections.

Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty

There are two main types of rhinoplasty: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. In an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made along the columella, the strip of skin that separates the nostrils. This allows the surgeon to lift the skin of the nose and have full access to the underlying bone and cartilage. In a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside the nostrils, and the surgeon works through these incisions to make the necessary changes to the bone and cartilage.

Both open and closed rhinoplasty techniques have their own advantages and disadvantages. Open rhinoplasty allows the surgeon to have a better view of the nasal structure and make more precise changes, but it may result in more visible scarring. Closed rhinoplasty has the advantage of producing less visible scarring, but it may be more challenging for the surgeon to make the necessary changes to the nasal structure.

Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes several hours to complete. During the procedure, the surgeon will make the necessary changes to the bone and cartilage of the nose to achieve the desired shape and size. The skin is then draped over the new nasal structure and any excess skin is removed. The incisions are then closed with sutures or staples.


After the surgery, the patient will typically have a splint and bandages in place to support the nose and protect it from injury. There may be swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose, and the patient may experience some discomfort and pain. Pain medication will be prescribed to help manage these symptoms. It is important for the patient to follow the surgeon’s instructions for caring for the incisions and protecting the nose from injury during the recovery period.

While rhinoplasty can produce dramatic improvements in the appearance of the nose and correct functional problems, it is important to note that it is a major surgical procedure and carries with it certain risks and complications. These may include infection, scarring, changes in skin sensation, and difficulty breathing. It is also important to understand that rhinoplasty does not stop the aging process and the effects of the procedure may eventually fade over time.

Overall, rhinoplasty can be a useful tool for improving the appearance of the nose and correcting functional problems. However, it is not for everyone and it is important for patients to have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. It is also important for patients to carefully consider their motivations for undergoing rhinoplasty and to have a thorough understanding of the potential risks and complications.

Michael Bain MD offers other facial plastic surgery procedures like facelift, and browlift/forehead lift, neck lift surgery, eyelid lift surgery and otoplasty surgery.

For rhinoplasty surgery in Newport Beach California contact board certified plastic surgeon Michael Bain MD.

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