Cosmetic nose reshaping is known as rhinoplasty. This surgery can change the shape of the nose and also fix some breathing problems. Rhinoplasty involves resculpting the bone and cartilage.

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A rhinoplasty, or cosmetic nose reshaping, is a surgical procedure to change the shape of the nose and also fix some breathing problems. Rhinoplasty involves resculpting the bone and cartilage. 

This procedure can:  

  • Reduce or increase the size of the nose.

  • Narrow the span of the nostrils.

  • Change the angle between the nose and upper lip.

  • Change the tip or bridge of the nose.

Rhinoplasty can be done as a closed or open procedure:

  • Closed procedure — The surgeon works from inside the nose by making a cut or incision inside the nose.

  • Open procedure — The surgeon works from the outside by making a small incision across the tissue that divides the nostrils.

The nose is the most prominent and defining facial feature. Even subtle reshaping of the nose can lead to profound transformation of one’s overall appearance. As rhinoplasty is commonly felt to be among the most complex facial plastic surgical procedures, it is important that your rhinoplasty surgeon is expertly trained and experienced.

We understand that communication between a patient and their surgeon is critical to the success of this operation. To improve our ability to communicate the nuances of rhinoplasty, we are one of the few centers in the Midwest to offer Vectra 3D Imaging. This technology allows us to specifically understand your goals through remarkable 3D digital renderings of our patients’ facial structures.

The surgery itself may be performed using several different techniques ranging from minimally invasive to more conventional approaches. Based on your specific situation, you and your surgeon will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each and choose the best possible approach for you.

It is important to note that nasal surgery to improve breathing is often performed in conjunction with cosmetic rhinoplasty during a single procedure.

Every patient reacts differently to surgery. Some of the possible short-term side effects of a rhinoplasty could include:

  • A splint may be placed on your nose to help keep the new shape.

  • Nasal packs or soft plastic splints may be placed in your nostrils to stabilize the septum.

  • Your face might feel puffy.

  • Your nose may ache.

  • You may have a dull headache and swelling or bruising around the eyes.

  • A little bleeding is normal in the first few days.

  • Small burst blood vessels may appear as tiny red spots on the skin's surface.


Healing is slow and gradual. You may have some swelling for months, especially in the tip of the nose. The final results of nasal surgery may not be apparent for a year or more.

Unless a rhinoplasty is performed to correct a functional problem or a defect, most insurance companies will not cover the costs of rhinoplasty. Be sure to check with your provider for details.

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