what is A rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty (also referred to as nose reshaping) is a procedure performed for both men and women to alter or enhance the appearance of the nose and create a greater level of facial harmony and a more balanced appearance. Nose reshaping is also performed to correct injured or misshapen noses, as well as improve the shape or breathing function of the nose for those who suffer from nasal problems. Dr. Fernau’s goal during rhinoplasty surgery is to create beautiful, natural-looking results for Pittsburgh area patients. He emphasizes during the consultation that this plastic surgery changes the shape, alters the tip and redefines the overall look of the nose. Each rhinoplasty procedure is fully customized based on the patient’s personal goals.
What are the benefits of A Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty procedures in Pittsburgh, PA with Dr. James Fernau Plastic Surgery can produce a number of cosmetic and functional benefits, such as:
- Shrinking or expanding the scale of the nose
- Decreasing the tip of the nose
- Decreasing your nasal bridge
- Reshaping the nostrils
- Optimizing general balance for a more symmetrical aesthetic
- Correcting a deviated septum
- Improving nasal airways to help you breath easier
"I am one month post-op and I have truly never been happier. My septorhinoplasty experience was so much easier than I could have ever imagined. From the first consultation, Dr Fernau and Sherry were incredibly welcoming and informative about the entire process. Surgery and my post op appointments all went so smoothly with the help of the kind team at Radiance and Sheila and the rest of Dr Fernau's team. I was worried about bruising and pain, but I never had facial bruising and didn't even need the prescription pain medication. It was such a smooth recovery and really a great experience from start to finish. Everyone involved was incredibly kind, helpful, supportive, and caring. My breathing has improved tremendously and made my life 1000x easier. Dr Fernau listened to exactly how I wanted the shape to be and now a month since the surgery, I could not be more in love with my nose. Thank you so so much to Dr Fernau and his team!"- E.C. / Google / Sep 08, 2022
"Dr. Fernau, Sheila, and the rest of the office staff were amazing to work with! They provide excellent care and are incredibly kind and comforting. After years, I have finally gotten a rhinoplasty done. With only being four days post-op today, I am already seeing results and it makes me even more excited to see the final results after the remainder of the healing is done! I could not be any happier with my experience. They have done a wonderful job of taking one of my biggest insecurities and turning it into something that I can finally love about myself!"- N.G. / Google / Jan 21, 2023
"I had a deviated septum repaired June 2022. The results caused my septum to collapse. I was devastated and distraught. My nose looked flat. I met Dr Fernau and he recommended a liquid rhino. The results are amazing!!! They literally held my hand the whole time. I’m so grateful I found you Dr. Fernau and your staff ☺️😊. Thank you all for making me feel beautiful again."- M.S. / Google / Jan 28, 2023
"I went to Dr. Fernau for a septoplasty/ rhinoplasty exactly three weeks ago today. I cannot recommend him and his team enough! The whole process from beginning at the consultation to the latest check up has been a great experience. The surgery was painless and recovery was quick! I had no bruising and minimal swelling for just a few days. I also had no nausea after the anesthesia as I previously have had and I credit this to the preop care that Dr. Fernau provides. The results far exceed my expectations only 3 weeks out and I can’t wait to see the final results in just a few more months. Thank you Dr. Fernau, Sherry, Sheila and staff! Highly recommend!!"- A.B. / Google / Jul 22, 2022
"Dr. Fernau and his team achieve incredible results, while epitomizing the highest standard of patient care. I had a liquid rhinoplasty done here and my expectations were exceeded to such an extent, that I am nothing short of astonished by the result he and his team created. Dr. Fernau is an artist who will not settle for anything less than the best for his patients. A wonderful person in addition to a skilled doctor, his genuine nature shined through every interaction we had. The contours and shaping he created as a result of my procedure were perfect from every angle, and on top of it, I impressively experienced no noticeable bruising or swelling afterwards thanks to his adept technique and methods. Having had this same procedure done years ago elsewhere (thus having ability to compare doctors), I give my highest recommendation to Dr. Fernau for anyone looking to have a procedure of this nature done. Alongside of Dr. Fernau is a consummate team of professionals who exhibit the same high level of skill and care that he demonstrates. Sherry, Cindy, and Amber are all incredibly approachable, easy to talk to, and ask questions of. They go above and beyond to make your experience and procedure/visit smooth and comfortable, all while concurrently running an efficient operation. I admire their teamwork, knowledge, and efficiency. What sets this office apart are a) the level of artistry and expertise you receive and b) the genuine human touch that comes with it. You are not a number here; you are a patient who the entire team demonstrates true care and compassion for from intake to your final result. You will be glad you chose them. I will undoubtably be coming back for other needs in the future."- W.E. / Google / Sep 07, 2023
what are the types of rhinoplasty?
There are several techniques used for rhinoplasty. The approach taken will be based on the complexity of the surgical case and the overall goal of the patient.
With an open rhinoplasty, the incisions are made on the tissue between the nostrils or on the natural crease of the nose just above the lips. This allows for greater access and view of the confines of the nose. Surgeons prefer this as it is easier to manipulate the bones and cartilage. The skin is peeled back to reveal the internal structure of the nose and redraped once reshaping is completed. The scars associated with this approach are tiny - less than 5mm - so they are not easily noticeable once fully healed.
During a closed rhinoplasty surgery, incisions are made to the inside of the nose through the nostrils. This is a common technique for patients who desire mild reshaping. This approach does not cause visible scarring. For severe reshaping cases, the open technique will be implemented.
Can i get results without rhinoplasty surgery?
For minor reshaping, some patients may opt to try an injectable filler to achieve results. These come in a variety of liquid substances, and sometimes a fat transfer can also be utilized. A filler can help add volume to hide small deformities, such as a bump or a bony appearance. It is important to note that fillers can only do so much in the reshaping process. For most patients, surgery is a better option and will offer a permanent solution.
Am I A Candidate For Rhinoplasty?
Both men and women are candidates for cosmetic nose surgery. If you find yourself frustrated with the overall look of your nose and have areas you hope to correct and enhance, this surgery may be the recommended course of action. Expectations must be understood, as your facial appearance will be altered. In addition, facial growth should also be complete. This will also be assessed during your consultation, especially for adolescents.
how long is recovery from rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is performed in an accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia. The procedure lasts up to 2 hours and is considered outpatient. After surgery, there will be swelling and soreness around the nose area. Bruising is also a side effect of surgery. The nose will be placed in a splint for additional support. During the first 7-10 days following surgery, the side effects will begin to disappear and the splint will be removed. Patients will be able to see their results immediately; however, it may take several months for the full results to appear.
how much does rhinoplasty cost?
A rhinoplasty surgery can run between $6,000 to $10,000 depending on the surgical case. For more complex cases, skin or fat grafting, or even cartilage reconstruction may be performed. If the procedure is purely cosmetic, the expenses are the patient’s responsibility. However, if reconstruction is performed to correct a deformity, trauma or medical condition, insurance may cover a portion of the expense.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,900 - $14,900
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Is It Risky?
All surgical procedures carry some form of risk. These risks can be greatly minimized if an experienced nose surgeon is chosen to perform the surgery. While rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the U.S., surgeon skill is critical so that a beautiful, satisfactory outcome can result.
Around half of all rhinoplasty cases will include some form of nose breaking in order to allow the surgeon to reshape the cartilage and bone. This is primarily intended for patients who have nasal asymmetry. The broken bone or cartilage will be reshaped and reattached, and then supported by splints during recovery.
Nasal packing is done to help with bleeding, especially if the surgery involves the septum. Gauze or cotton packs are inserted into the nasal chamber during this process. Patients find it uncomfortable, but the packing is only in for a short-term during the immediate recovery phase.
Surgical or Nonsurgical?
This depends on the patient’s nose structure and what aesthetic result is trying to be achieved. For significant reshaping, the surgical approach will be performed as this allows the surgeon to manipulate the cartridges and bones. If the patient is looking for a subtle improvement, adding volume to the area may suffice.
How Long Can Swelling Last After Rhinoplasty?
While some improvements may be seen soon after rhinoplasty surgery, keep in mind that swelling can last for several months.Read
Can a Rhinoplasty Make My Nose Smaller?
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I Have a Crooked Nose Bridge. Can Rhinoplasty Straighten It?
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Can Rhinoplasty Balance Out my Facial Features?
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