Rhinoplasty

What Is A Rhinoplasty?

Cosmetic surgery of the nose or Rhinoplasty at Sargent Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah, is an operation designed to improve the appearance of the nose. The goal should be to change the nose & put it in better balance with your other facial features.

Who Is A Candidate For A Nose Job?

Patients should be healthy, completed facial growth (15 or older) and be realistic about their goals and expectations.

Common problems that can be addressed with Rhinoplasty:

  • Nose is too large for your face

  • Nose is too wide

  • Nasal asymmetry

  • Nostrils are too large or too wide

  • Visible hump or depression on nasal bridge or profile

  • The nasal tip is bulbous or too large, drops or hooked

All Procedures Shown were done by Dr. Larry A Sargent MD FACS

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Most patients after Rhinoplasty have only mild discomfort.

  • The nasal splint is worn 7-10 days.

  • Swelling will start to resolve in 7-14 days but take months for all the swelling to resolve.

  • Most patients return to work or school after the splint is removed.

  • Strenuous activity and prolonged pressure from glasses are avoided for 4-6 weeks.

Nose Surgery FAQs

What If My Nose Has Been Broken?

Patient’s that have sustained injuries to the nose can result in nasal deformities that would benefit from a Rhinoplasty. Dr. Sargent specializes in post-traumatic nasal deformities.

What If I Have Breathing Problems?

Correction of nasal obstruction can be performed alone or in combination with a Rhinoplasty. This procedure is usually covered by insurance. Whether you are just trying to improve the appearance of your nose or want to improve breathing function, you may be a candidate for surgery of the nose.

What Is Involved In The Operation?

Rhinoplasties can be technically demanding and should be performed by a surgeon with extensive experience that will give you the best chance for an excellent outcome.

Dr. Sargent has over 30 years experience in performing cosmetic and post-traumatic Rhinoplasties. View his before and after examples. He specializes in closed Rhinoplasties that leaves no external scar. The bones and cartilage are resized through incisions inside your nose.

Quick Answers

Length Of Operation

1 1/2 TO 2 hours

Anesthesia

Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia

Recovery

  • Mild to moderate discomfort.

  • May have oozing from nostrils 24-48 hours.

  • Limit activities for several days.

  • May have moderate bruising & swelling that will resolve in 10-14 days.

  • Splint on the nose for 7-10 days.

  • Packing can be removed in 24-48 hours if no work has been done on the septum.

  • No exercising for 3-4 weeks.

  • Final results are seen in several months.

Scars

Dr. Sargent performs almost all Rhinoplasties with no external scars.

Risks / Possible Complications

Serious complications are rare in addition to usual risks of anesthesia. Other potential complications include:

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Sinusitis

  • Nasal breathing difficulties

  • Bumps or irregularities of bone healing or cartilage contour

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Larry A. Sargent MD FACS, Plastic Surgery Center of Utah, 370 9th Ave, STE 200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103  801.355.0731

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