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Nasal Surgery

The appearance of your nose is related to its size, shape, and how it blends with the rest of your face. Although nasal size and shape are usually the result of heredity, over time the nose may change due to injury, prior surgery, or even aging. (Yes, the nose does age, with the tip drooping down in some people) Whatever the cause, surgery is generally considered your best option if you are not happy with the look of your nose.

What is a Rhinoplasty?

The size and shape of your nose are determined mainly by the underlying skeleton of bone and cartilage. Too much bone or cartilage can make the nose appear too large or long, create a bump in your profile or a bulbous tip. If bone or cartilage are displaced out of a normal position, the nose can look crooked or the tip may droop down. These are just a few examples of how changes in nasal bone and cartilage can affect your appearance. Ideally, your nose should balance the rest of your face to create the most natural and attractive appearance.

Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as nose reshaping or a “nose job”, improves the appearance and proportion of your nose, thus enhancing facial harmony and self-confidence. Your surgeon accomplishes this by making specific changes to the underlying bone and cartilage while working inside your nose.

Nasal surgery can also improve nasal breathing caused by structural abnormalities inside the nose, such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinate bones.

There can be many reasons to have a Rhinoplasty, depending on what bothers you about your nose. Some of the most common reasons include to reduce the size, width, or length of the nose, remove a bump and make your profile straighter, refine or narrow a wide tip, and lift a droopy tip. Even nostrils can be reduced or reshaped.

Remember, the goal of a rhinoplasty should be to create an aesthetically pleasing nose that looks natural and fits well with the rest of your face.

Initial Consultation

You may feel nervous during your first consultation, but rest assured that you are in good hands. Dr. Schwartz will listen carefully to all of your concerns, making it easy to discuss them with him. He will ask you to point out specific areas that bother you and exactly what your goals are in getting this procedure completed. Dr. Schwartz will also ask about your nasal breathing, personal health and family health history. After a complete examination of your nose and face, Dr. Schwartz will use his knowledge of nasal anatomy, his surgical experience, and his artistic sense to recommend a customized rhinoplasty to improve the appearance of your nose.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

Medications will be used for your comfort during the surgery. Generally, there are two choices: general anesthesia or intravenous sedation with numbing medicine. Your doctor will recommend the safest and best choice for your situation.

Rhinoplasties are most commonly performed using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open approach, where the incision is made across the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. These incisions afford access to the skin and soft tissue that cover the nose, which in turn allows the surgeon to reshape the nasal skeleton.. A number of steps can be performed during the procedure, depending on the goals for your rhinoplasty and your pre-existing anatomy.

Healing and Results

After surgery, a splint will be taped over your nose and soft packing placed within the nostrils, both for support and to reduce swelling. These will be removed within a week. Although you will see improvement in the shape and size of your nose at that time, you will be swollen at first. As this initial swelling subsides over a few weeks, you will notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose. However, it can take from six months to a year for all the subtle improvements to develop, as swelling goes away and skin remodels. You should look very good within a few weeks, and even better as time goes by.

Request a Consultation

Choosing a surgeon you can trust may be the most important decision after determining you are ready for a rhinoplasty. Dr. Schwartz is a board certified plastic surgeon and has been practicing plastic and cosmetic surgery in West Palm Beach, Florida for over 25 years. He is considered one of the most respected plastic surgeons in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Please call 561-833-4022 or contact Dr. Schwartz online at to schedule a consultation (or ask a question) for more information on the rhinoplasty procedure.