Rhinoplasty Specialist

Alessi Institute

David Alessi, MD, FACS

Facial Plastic Surgeon located in Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA

Dr. David Alessi at Alessi Institute has significant experience providing women and men in the Beverly Hills, California, area with advanced rhinoplasty procedures that help them balance their facial features to achieve the look they want.

Rhinoplasty Q & A

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure used to reshape the nose. Ideally, a rhinoplasty procedure helps achieve better balance among all the facial features to create more pleasing aesthetics. Rhinoplasty is more typically called a “nose job.”

What does the procedure involve?

Rhinoplasty may be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, and it's usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Incisions will be made in your nose so the doctor can reach the underlying tissues. Depending on the reshaping, bone or cartilage may be removed, or some tissue may be added before the skin is placed back in position. Once the incisions are closed, a splint will be applied to support your nose while it heals.

What is recovery like?

After surgery, your face will swell, and the areas around your eyes and nose will bruise. You can use cold compresses to help reduce the swelling, and pain relievers will help you manage any discomfort you may have. Keeping your head elevated, even while you sleep, during the first few days after your procedure can help resolve swelling faster. The splint will be removed from your nose about a week after your surgery. The swelling and bruising usually take about two weeks to disappear.

When can I return to work?

Most patients can return to work after about a week, but many choose to take two weeks off, reducing the bruising.

Can I choose my "new" nose?

Yes and no. You can certainly have input on how your nose will look after surgery, and you should share your expectations with your doctor. However, you should also know that your anatomy will impose some limitations on how your nose will ultimately look. Patients' expectations are a big part of satisfaction after surgery so if you have specific ideas of what you want, be sure to discuss those expectations with your doctor before any surgery.