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