A nose job (“rhinoplasty”) is an invasive surgical procedure that can improve the appearance and function of the nose by making changes to its overall structure. The goal of a rhinoplasty is to enhance the nose so that it is in better harmony with the rest of the face.


The best candidates for rhinoplasty surgery are in good overall health and are undergoing the procedure for their own personal reasons. Even though rhinoplasty can greatly improve the appearance and function of the nose, patients should be realistic about the outcome of their procedure.


A rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis and the length of the procedure will depend upon the specific improvements the patient needs. In general, there are two techniques that can be chosen from in order to obtain the most beneficial results:

  • Open Rhinoplasty – An incision is made across the tissue between the nostrils (columella). This technique allows the tip of the nose to be opened in order to reveal the structures of the lower and middle third of the nose for restructuring.
  • Closed Rhinoplasty – Incisions are made within the nostrils so they are hidden inside the nose. Once the incisions are made, the skin is lifted from the underlying cartilage and the bone is then recontoured and reconstructed.


Although patients will experience some swelling and discomfort in the upper part of their face, prescribed pain medication can alleviate these symptoms. Patients can usually return to work one week after surgery, but should avoid any strenuous activity or exercise for at least a couple of weeks.


A rhinoplasty can greatly improve the contour and function of an individual’s nose. Results are long-lasting and patients are often very pleased with their new look. Time and again, patients find a renewed sense of confidence after their final look becomes evident.

If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty, we encourage you to call California Cosmetic Medical Center. Our plastic surgeon, can help you achieve the results you desire. Please call (626) 350-0856 today to schedule your consultation.