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Rhinoplasty, also known as ‘nose job’, is a surgical procedure that changes the shape and appearance of the nose to make it more proportional to the rest of the face. It is a procedure that improves the appearance of the nose by changing either its shape or size to improve facial harmony and increase self-confidence.

It is one of the top procedures performed by our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Tyler McElwee, and it is requested for several reasons. Some patients are born with a blocked nasal passage and experience breathing problems, therefore rhinoplasty is performed to improve the breathing and function of the nose, in order to restore nasal airflow. Others struggle to feel comfortable with their nose in terms of appearance. This can be due to large size, bulbous tip, over projection, crooked dorsum, alar flaring, etc.

With over 20 years of combined surgical experience, the plastic surgeons at Memorial Plastic Surgery understand the complexities of the nose and use the latest rhinoplasty techniques to achieve the best outcomes with a quick recovery for each patient and their specific goals.


Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that can benefit men and women of all ethnicities, from young adults to those in their golden years. Regardless of age, everyone deserves to look and feel their best. Our team of experts is ready to help you achieve the look you desire.

Generally, the ideal rhinoplasty candidate meets the following criteria:

  • They are in good general health and have no serious medical conditions or diseases for taking medication.
  • They do not smoke or are able and willing to quit smoking for an extended period of time before and after nose surgery.
  • They have realistic aesthetic goals.
  • They are mentally healthy to complete the procedure and have reasonable expectations of the results afterward.

We pride ourselves on our patient-focused approach, ensuring that our patients get the results they want in the safest way possible.

An initial consultation with Dr. Hsu, Dr. Roehl, Dr. Vasilakis, or Dr. McElwee will help determine if rhinoplasty is the appropriate procedure to treat your symptoms and achieve your goals.



Rhinoplasty is considered one of the most complex plastic surgical procedures. It requires detailed planning, multiple fine technical steps, and individualized application and approach. Poor surgical technique can lead to permanent deformities, but the precision and skill of a well-trained and experienced plastic surgeon help achieve the desired outcome.

Our surgeons perform hundreds of rhinoplasty procedures each year. We understand that each patient’s anatomy is unique, and every nose is built differently. This is why we take the time to thoroughly examine the internal and external structure of your nose prior to your surgery, in order to recommend the surgical plan and technique that is specific and tailored to your goals and needs.

At Memorial Plastic Surgery, rhinoplasty takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete, and the procedure is performed under general anesthesia at our fully accredited operating rooms.

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The cost of rhinoplasty typically ranges from $7,500 – $10,000+, all-inclusive. The actual quote is provided following their initial consultation.

Rhinoplasty is an elective procedure and is not typically covered by health insurance. However, if it is deemed necessary to correct a medical condition, such as an abnormality due to an injury, breathing difficulty, or a deviated septum, Memorial Plastic Surgery will assist you with the necessary paperwork for insurance coverage and provide other funding options.

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After surgery, you will be fitted with an external splint, and possibly an internal splint, which typically remains for a week. Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, but you will be given a set of aftercare instructions to follow at home to help you recover without complications.

It takes approximately 1 and a half years for your new nose to settle into its final shape. Below is a chart that shows you what to expect during the recovery period.

Post-op Obstacles Estimated Time
Nose splint/cast use 1 week
Major bruising 1 – 2 weeks
Significant swelling and numbness 2 – 3 weeks
Daily Activities Estimated Time
Light activities (chores, mild exercises, etc.)  2 – 3 weeks
Work Two weeks
Heavy exercises and other strenuous activities 6 weeks
(or on the recommendation of the doctor)


What can you tell me about rhinoplasty?

Many people often consider rhinoplasty to be a purely aesthetic procedure to enhance the appearance of the nose. However, it also has benefits that improve the function of the nose and other related parts around it. Rhinoplasty is able to restore full use of the nasal airway, which allows people to breathe clearer and better. It can also help resolve certain conditions such as chronic snoring and sleep apnea, which are caused when breathing stops at intervals due to abnormalities in the nasal passages.

A medically necessary septoplasty (part of rhinoplasty) to alleviate the breathing difficulties and functional challenges caused by a deviated septum may be covered by insurance, and our team at Memorial Plastic Surgery is happy to help you obtain the necessary documentation required by your provider.

Yes! Rhinoplasty can improve the uneven or disproportionate shape, size, and angle of the nose to give you more symmetrical facial features.

As with any procedure, you want to have enough options before making a decision and finding the right doctor for your surgery includes ensuring that you know the full range of their knowledge and experience. Therefore, you should only work with a plastic surgeon who has undergone specialized training to learn the various rhinoplasty techniques. During consultations, always ask about their experience in performing rhinoplasty, how many procedures they perform in a year, and how they can stay up to date on all the latest trends and techniques.

The ideal age for rhinoplasty is between 18 and 40 years of age. When we qualify patients for rhinoplasty, we perform a thorough evaluation of their facial structure and check on the development of their noses. If we believe our patient is too young and their nose is still developing, we recommend waiting a few more years before surgery. We also assess the elasticity of each patient’s skin to help manage expectations for the desired outcome. However, regardless of age, if the rhinoplasty is to be performed for medical reasons, we can offer the surgery to many younger or older patients depending on what they need.

Yes! Rhinoplasty can correct a bulbous nasal tip by reshaping the lower lateral cartilage to achieve a more refined appearance. After a thorough consultation to closely examine your nose, we can determine the proper technique to use.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a cosmetic treatment that uses injectable fillers to shape the nose without incision. Your individual nasal anatomy and cosmetic goals will ultimately determine which route you choose.

Pairing rhinoplasty with another procedure depends on what other area of the body you want to treat and whether you would need a different surgeon to perform it. For example, suppose you want another procedure related to the face or neck, such as a septoplasty. In that case, it is possible to do it simultaneously, provided that it has been a part of the treatment plan you and your surgeon discussed during initial consultations.

Yes, we offer secondary or revision rhinoplasty to change the shape or improve the function of the nose after a previous rhinoplasty. We offer this to patients who, for whatever reason, have functional deformities or worsened conditions after their primary surgery. An initial consultation with our surgeons to explain what you are experiencing will help us determine how to approach your revision rhinoplasty.

The approach to the procedure will depend heavily on what exactly needs to be done on your nose and how your surgeon deems fit to help achieve it. For example, in closed rhinoplasty, two incisions are made inside the nose, opening the nose and allowing your surgeon to see and access the anatomy underneath fully. This creates a minimal scar due to the incision on the columella. However, with closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nose, so there is no visible scarring. But this technique is limited to minor corrections and reshaping of the nose.

The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is to help non-Caucasian patients improve facial symmetry without compromising their distinct ethnic facial features. And while there is no singular approach to ethnic rhinoplasty, the specifics of the procedure can be determined during the initial consultation with our surgeons so that they can gain a complete understanding of the underlying structures of your head along with your nasal anatomy.

As with all types of rhinoplasty, it can take anywhere between 12 to 36 months to see the final results. Patients should expect the same side effects in the weeks following traditional rhinoplasties, such as a stuffy nose, stiffness, and some numbness. But all of it should be treatable by following the recommended post-operative care instructions.

At Memorial Plastic Surgery, we recommend that patients modify their eyewear after surgery and wait at least three to six months before wearing glasses again to prevent pressure from affecting the healing process and the outcome of their surgery.

When cleaning your nose after rhinoplasty, you must pay close attention to keeping it dry to speed up the healing process. One of the best ways to keep your nose clean and dry includes using a Q-tip and hydrogen peroxide and gently inserting it to remove the dry blood.

After your nose surgery with our doctors, you will be provided with post-operative care instructions that you can routinely perform while you recover at home to ensure your nose stays clean and infection-free.

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*The content and images on this page are provided with the sole intention of educating potential patients on the procedure discussed above. Results vary per individual and are dependent on our doctor’s consultation prior to the procedure. We strongly recommend undergoing a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to scheduling and undergoing any surgical or non-surgical treatment.