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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

by Stewart P. Wang
Nose Surgery in Pasadena and Inland Empire

If you feel that your nose is not a good fit, you may benefit from cosmetic surgery of the nose, also called Rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty can enhance the shape, size and general appearance of your nose. Rhinoplasty can also be used to correct birth defects, injury and breathing problems.

If you're ready to discuss you or your child's nose surgery options, now is a great time to schedule a Rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Wang at our plastic surgery offices, serving Southern California including Pasadena, Arcadia and Upland. You can request a consultation online or call Wang Plastic Surgery at (888) 360-6688 today to schedule your appointment.

Age is a consideration with Rhinoplasty, as it is preferable for surgeons to operate after the growth-spurt of teenagers has been completed. This usually occurs around 14 or 15 for girls and later for boys. The social environment and required emotional adjustments should also be considered when considering nose surgery for teenagers.

Dr. Wang is a facial cosmetic surgery specialist and understands the many issues and concerns for people looking to make a lasting change to their facial appearance. Read what patients are saying about the honesty, respect and personal attention they received from Dr. Wang through every step of the surgical process to see why so many people in Southern California trust him to create beautiful and satisfying results.

What are the common benefits of nose surgery?

Rhinoplasty can be used to correct birth defects, nose injuries and breathing problems, as well as enhancing the general appearance of the nose.

Video: Your Guide to Rhinoplasty How is Pasadena rhinoplasty performed?

Nose surgery can be performed under either local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure. During the procedure, Dr. Wang makes an incision either from inside the nostrils or across the tissue separating the nostrils. Dr. Wang then separates the skin of the nose from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage to sculpt the desired shape of the nose. When shaping is complete, Dr. Wang reforms the skin over the new framework and adds a splint to help the nose maintain its new shape. Dr. Wang may also insert nasal packs or soft plastic splints into your nostrils to stabilize the dividing wall between the air passages.

How long does nose surgery take?

Rhinoplasty in the Inland Empire and Pasadena can take one to two hours, depending on the complication of the procedure.

What can I expect after nose surgery?

During the first 24 hours after nose surgery your face will feel puffy, your nose may ache and bleed, and you may also have a dull headache. It is best that you remain in bed, in an elevated position, for the first day. There will be swelling and bruising around your eyes that will worsen before beginning to subside after about two weeks. Nasal packing is usually removed after a few days, while dressing, splints and stitches are removed in a week to two weeks. Read Dr. Wang's advice about recovery from surgery.

What is the recovery period like?

During the recovery period you should avoid strenuous activities that might raise your blood pressure, such as jogging, swimming and sex for two to three weeks. You should also be gentle when washing your face and hair or applying cosmetics. Avoid hitting, rubbing or getting your nose sunburned for eight weeks. You can wear contact lenses, but glasses will need to be adjusted so as not to interfere with proper healing of your nose. Read Dr. Wang's advice about recovery from surgery.

How long before I can return to normal activity?

Most patients who have received nose surgery can return to sedentary work in about a week or so. However, it may be several weeks before you can return to more physical activities.

The information about Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) is provided for Pasadena and Inland Empire residents courtesy of Dr. Stewart Wang, a board certified plastic surgeon.

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Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stewart Wang specializes in Pasadena breast augmentation as well as breast enhancement, hair transplant, face lift, laser hair removal, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast lift. He has offices in Upland, and Pasadena and serves Southern California including La Verne, Glendora, San Dimas, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Yorba Linda, Riverside and Rancho Cucamonga.


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