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San Francisco Rhinoplasty

Since your nose sits in the middle of your face, it’s not only one of the first things that people notice about you, but it helps create who you are to others. When it is out of balance, it can throw off your entire facial proportions, making you feel self-conscious. A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to fix the look, shape, and size of your nose. Many plastic surgeons consider rhinoplasty surgery to be the most difficult cosmetic procedure to perform. Creating the perfect nose for your unique facial features requires extreme technical skill on the part of your surgeon as well as a keen aesthetic eye. In short, a rhinoplasty is at the crossroads where plastic surgery meets art.

Dr. David Sieber has received advanced training in both primary and revision rhinoplasty surgery under some of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the world. He has published multiple articles on rhinoplasty surgery and knows that while some patients may have just one aspect of their nose that they don’t like, others may have several. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sieber will work with you to truly understand the desired size, shape, and appearance of your ideal nose, and then assess your anatomy, skin tone and texture to determine what exactly can be achieved. Dr. Sieber firmly believes that the best rhinoplasty is the one that is done correctly the first time.

A Rhinoplasty can help improve:*

  • Removal of a dorsal hump
  • Refinement of a bulbous tip
  • Narrowing of the nasal base
  • Narrowing of the nostrils
  • Improvement in the rotation and projection of your nasal tip
  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Reduce the size of your nose
  • Change the shape of your nose

Quick Facts

  • Length: 3-4 hours
  • Anesthesia: General
  • Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
  • Side effects: swelling, bruising, stuffy nose
  • Recovery: 1-2 weeks

To find out more about rhinoplasty with Bay Area Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Sieber, call us today at 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.

Rhinoplasty Technique

There are two main types of rhinoplasty surgeries: open and closed. In the closed technique, Dr. Sieber places several small incisions on the inside of your nose through which he accesses and modifies the underlying structures. Although this type of technique is less invasive, it is more difficult to adequately modify and secure the structures of the nose for optimal results which is why Dr. Sieber mostly performs an open rhinoplasty.

For an open rhinoplasty, Dr. Sieber places a small, external incision on your columella and hides the remaining incisions inside of your nose. This allows him full access to all underlying nasal structures. During your open rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Sieber will harvest the cartilage from your septum to re-construct your nose from the inside out.

Preparing for Rhinoplasty Surgery

As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.

Recovery from Rhinoplasty Surgery

After your rhinoplasty surgery, your nose will be in a splint and it will be taped. Both will be removed at your first follow-up appointment along with the internal splints that will line the inside of your nose. If your nasal bones need to be moved during surgery, you may have black eyes afterward. These will gradually resolve during the first couple of weeks following your procedure. Although you will be able to breathe through your nose right after surgery, your nasal passage may then become blocked due to swelling. Don’t be alarmed as this will gradually resolve within the first 1-2 weeks.*

Nasal swelling is completely normal and can last for a long time after surgery so you need to be patient. Although the swelling will be most prominent for the first 3 months, it can persist for up to a year. The nasal tip, in particular, is prone to the most noticeable swelling and is often the last part of the nose to fully heal. Furthermore, as the swelling subsides, it does not always do so symmetrically. You may notice that the sides of your nose are swelling at different rates and to different degrees. This is a normal part of the healing process and is no cause for concern.


Q: I don’t like how wide my nostrils are. Can this be addressed during my rhinoplasty?

A: Yes. Wide nostrils or your alar base can be reduced at the time of your rhinoplasty. If this is the only part of your nose which bothers you then an alar base reduction can be performed either in the operating room or as an outpatient procedure in the office.

Q: I have difficulty breathing. Will a rhinoplasty fix this?

A: A rhinoplasty is a purely cosmetic procedure to improve the look, size, and shape of your nose and is not covered by insurance. Your breathing may improve slightly with a rhinoplasty alone, but if you have an airway obstruction from a septal deviation or turbinate hypertrophy, this can possibly be improved with a septoplasty/turbinectomy which is often covered by insurance.* Dr. Sieber will go over the best options for you during your initial consultation.

Q: I saw another doctor who said that they could perform the rhinoplasty without making any incisions on the outside of my nose. Can Dr. Sieber do that as well?

A: A rhinoplasty without any external incisions is known as closed rhinoplasty. There are certain people who are good candidates for closed rhinoplasty, but these are predominantly patients who like the appearance of their nasal tip but are bothered by a dorsal hump. Dr. Sieber prefers to perform the majority of his rhinoplasties as open procedures so that he has maximum control over your nasal framework in order to deliver the best possible results.*

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.


I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about the refresh Dr. Sieber did on my face using a combination of botox and fillers. I had a baby a year ago and my face looked completely deflated. It felt to me that I looked like I had aged 5 years instantly by having a baby over 40. Dr. Sieber looked closely at my face and listened to my desires and fears in terms of the results I was seeking. I really liked that he took a conservative approach and followed up to check in and tweak things once the fillers and I had time to settle in.*

Dr. Sieber is a caring, friendly and talented doctor. I had two long consultations (free of charge) before scheduling my BBL (Brazilian butt lift). The staff and Dr. Sieber made me feel calm and relaxed the day of surgery. The results are amazing. Dr. Sieber understands a woman’s body and totally changed the shape of mine. I could not recommend him highly enough. I now go to him for my Botox and Juvederm.*

Dr. Sieber was fantastic throughout the entire process. From the beginning, he was patient with my questions and never made me feel pressured about making a decision. Once deciding that I was going to move forward with a breast augmentation, he made sure that I understood the process of the procedure and what I could expect post-surgery. I could not be happier with the results!*

Dr. Sieber is the best. I interviewed with numerous doctors. He pays close attention to detail. He called and checked on me and my results on a regular basis. My tummy procedure exceeded my expectation.*

Dr Sieber was very kind, knowledgeable and patient. He was able to answer all of my questions and put me completely at ease during the consultation as well as during the actual procedure. He made sure that I understood each part of the process which went a long way in alleviating my fears…after all, this is my face!*

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results. All images feature models except for before and after images.

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Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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