Melissa Hu, MD


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Rhinoplasty can often result in dramatic changes, not only in breathing but in your physical appearance.  Reasons to have a rhinoplasty range from difficulty breathing after nasal trauma, congenital malformations that may affect the function or appearance of the nose, or simply being born with a nose that doesn’t quite fit the balance and symmetry of your face. 

What Can Rhinoplasty Address?

  • Large nose

  • Nasal hump

  • Drooping nasal tip

  • Bulbous tip

  • Large nostrils

  • Defects from trauma

  • Extremely narrow nose

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Contour irregularities and asymmetry

What Does Rhinoplasty Entail?
Rhinoplasty Recovery
Rhinoplasty Incisions
Hidden Incisions
Rhinoplasty can involve sculpting of the nasal bones, repositioning and molding cartilage of the nasal tip. The width of the nose may be narrowed through skin incisions. Cartilage grafts may also be used to enhance the nose and ensure stability and function of the nose.
If incisions are made for rhinoplasty, they are strategically hidden in the shadows under the nose. When the nostrils are reduced in size, incisions are hidden in the creases around the nose so that they heal without a trace.
It takes about two weeks to recover from a rhinoplasty. By this time, swelling and bruising have largely resolved to be socially presentable. Swelling persists long after surgery. On average, 80% resolves after one month. 90% resolves after 9 to 12 months. Complete resolution of swelling may take 1-2 years.
To decrease bruising, aspirin & NSAIDs should be stopped at least 10 days prior to surgery. Arnica may be taken starting a couple days before to help with bruising and swelling. Smoking should be stopped 6 weeks prior to surgery.
After Care
Follow all postoperative instructions. Keep your head elevated for the first week. Apply ice for the first 3 to 4 days. Continue arnica until bruising resolves. Ensure good nutrition. Smoking cessation should continue for 6 weeks after surgery.
Depending on the extent of surgery - what regions of the nose will be addressed, whether external cartilage must be used, the cost for this procedure typically ranges from $2500 - $6000.
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