Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery)

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery) Las Vegas

Rhinoplasty is surgery which reshapes the nose for aesthetic or medical reasons. The surgery is done by creating small incisions and manipulating the soft tissue to arrive at the desired size and shape. When considering Rhinoplasty, your goal should be improvement and not to achieve perfection. Rhinoplasty offers many variations in nose shape, size, change in shape of the tip or bridge, narrowing of the nostrils or change in the angle between the nose and upper lip.

The Consultation

You consultation with Doctor Parker will begin with a physical examination of your nose and other facial features. This will involve identifying functional issues as well as cosmetic issues of concern to both you and the Doctor. We will also need a history of any previous surgeries or trauma to the nose and any seasonal allergy problems that you might have.

After examining your nose and facial features, Dr. Parker will discuss your surgical options. It is not always a good idea to achieve the exact look of someone else’s nose, nor is it likely. The nose is a very individual and personal feature and needs to flow with the features an individual possesses, rather than looking exactly like a another persons nose.


Patients must refrain from ingesting medications or substances which could potentially cause surgical complications. A list of medications should be reviewed and discontinued at least two weeks prior to the procedure. Report any and all infections which arise prior to operation, however minor they might seem. This is imperative to avoid infections during surgery.Antibiotics are prescribed prior to surgery to reduce the risk of surgical wound infection. You will also receive prescription for antibiotics and pain medication for after the surgery is completed.

Preoperative photos will be taken to show your progress. You will be asked to sign a surgical consent which enumerates the risks of the procedure in detail. These risks will be explained herein and also at the consultation.

You will need to arrange a for an escort to drive you to and from our Surgical center. Patients cannot operate motor vehicles after surgery. You will need to arrange assistance of someone for at least 24 hours after surgery.

The Procedure

Rhinoplasty is commonly performed under a general anesthetic, with intravenous sedation. Patients are completely unconscious during most of the procedure.

The procedure usually takes one to two hours, but on some rare instances may take longer. The nature of what is done to the nose is dependant on the patients wants, needs and desires and is usually discussed during the consultation. The stitches are self-absorbing and do not require removal.

Following a brief monitoring period in recovery, you will be discharged into the company of an adult escort.

Recovery Period

There will be swelling and puffiness during the first 48-72 hours after the surgery. The bruising commonly associated with nose surgery usually peaks at 72 hours, becoming non visible after 7 – 10 days. Ice applied to the area will help reduce the bruising.

You should only feel pain for the first 24 hours which will subside to a feeling of pressure and stuffiness over the next few days. Dr. Parker advises that you keep your head elevated above the level of your heart for the first few days after the procedure. This will help to reduce swelling. You will have bandages on the nose which might require regular changing during the first few days.

In the event you wear eyeglasses, they will need to be fixed away from the nose. A common method is to tape the glasses to the forehead. You may return to work after a week, in the event your work does not require too much physical activity. You will not feel entirely normal for a few weeks and up to a couple months.

A key to recovery is patience. You cannot be hasty in judgment of your new nose shortly after surgery. The complete healing process can be long and you will see changes up to the first year or two.

Frequently asked Questions

1. I have a breathing problem, but I like the way my nose looks. Can’t I just have that fixed?
It depends on what is causing the breathing problem. Most of the time the breathing can be corrected separately so no external changes are made. Sometimes these two procedures must be done together. Therefore ,if breathing better is one’s only concern, then the external portion of the nose does not necessarily need to be altered.

2. My nose is larger in size, can I have it look exactly like a particular celebrity?
As mentioned above, rhinoplasty is a procedure which is tailor made to the individual. A very small nose, or a certain shape nose may not look good with your a particular persons features. You goal should be to make the best you, not to make you someone else

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