Pasadena Plastic Surgery
Michael Schwartz, MD
Cosmetic Surgeon & Facial Plastic Surgeon located in Pasadena, CA
No one is born with a perfect nose, but rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance by improving the size and shape of your nose so it harmonizes with the rest of your features. Michael Schwartz, MD, at Pasadena Plastic Surgery in Pasadena, California, is a board-certified facial plastic and cosmetic surgeon with expertise in functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures. Often called a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is also performed to improve breathing and other nasal functions. To learn more, book your consultation online or by phone today.
Rhinoplasty Q & A
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance and/or the function of the nose. It’s primarily performed to address cosmetic or functional concerns due to genetics or injury, while secondary, or revision rhinoplasty is a procedure designed to correct irregularities caused by a previous rhinoplasty.
Dr. Schwartz is a leading rhinoplasty expert. Fellowship trained in head and neck surgery, as well as cosmetic surgery, he’s able to address cosmetic and functional concerns in the same surgical procedure. Board-certified in otolaryngology in addition to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Schwartz has developed innovative revision rhinoplasty techniques that allow precise correction of irregularities.
What are the benefits of a rhinoplasty?
Men and women often choose to have a rhinoplasty for the following benefits:
- Reducing or increasing nose size
- Reshaping the tip of the nose
- Narrowing or widening the bridge of the nose
- Narrowing nostril span
- Changing the amount of space between the nose and mouth
A rhinoplasty can also address a deviated septum and other structural problems that can interfere with breathing.
What happens during a rhinoplasty procedure?
Rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia in a surgical setting. You’ll most likely go home the same day as your procedure.
Dr. Schwartz either makes incisions inside your nostrils or in the narrow strip of tissue that separates your nostrils, where the incision won’t show once it’s healed. Depending on your needs, he may remove cartilage or add cartilage that’s grafted from another area of your body. He’ll also straighten misaligned structures, and reposition the skin of your nose.
What will my recovery be like after a rhinoplasty?
You can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort after your surgery. You’ll also have packing material inside your nose, and a splint on the outside of it, for about a week. Full recovery after a rhinoplasty can take up to a year, but you’ll gradually notice changes in your nose as it refines into a permanent new shape.
To find out if you’re a candidate for a rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz at Pasadena Plastic Surgery online or by phone today.