Rhinoplasty - RAM Plastic Surgery
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Rhinoplasty in Chicago Il


Rhinoplasty is a procedure used to change the shape of the nose. This procedure is used to improve breathing, physical appearance, and self-esteem. During rhinoplasty, surgical manipulation and corrections are made to the bony upper nasal structure as well as the lower cartilage.


Candidates for Rhinoplasty

The surgeon considers your other facial features when planning your rhinoplasty procedure. You may be a candidate if you:


  • Wish to decrease the length or size of your nose.
  • Wish to make your nose narrow.
  • Have problems breathing due to structural deformities.
  • Are in good physical health.
  • Wish to improve your self-confidence.


The Initial Consultation

Before having a rhinoplasty, you first meet with the plastic surgeon. The doctor will:


  • Take a medical history – This involves asking questions about your past and current health status, inquiring about your medications, and discussing your injuries. The doctor will need to know if you have a bleeding disorder, nasal obstruction, or serious health diseases.


  • Perform a physical exam – This can involve blood tests, x-rays, and EKGs to assure you are healthy enough for surgery. The examination allows the doctor to assess your physical features, examine your nose, and take photos of you for your medical file.


  • Discuss realistic expectations – The doctor will inquire about what you wish to accomplish with the surgery. You should discuss what you expect your appearance to look like, as well as your goals for surgery.


Before Rhinoplasty

Before nasal surgery, you must:

  • Arrange to have someone drive you home.
  • Prepare to be off from work for 1-2 weeks.
  • Hold any medicines that thin the blood for 5-7 days (Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, naproxen, herbal supplements/vitamins, Coumadin, and Plavix).
  • Stop smoking for 6 weeks.


During the Surgery

Rhinoplasty is tailored to the needs of the individual patient. Each operation is customized to suit the patient’s goals. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep. The doctor typically makes a small external incision underneath the nose between the nostrils. After removing, manipulating, and restructuring the bone and cartilage, incisions are closed with sutures. The surgeon can augment the cartilage and/or bone in many ways, and he can use cartilage grafts from the rib or other parts of the body if necessary. The vast majority of patients do not require cartilage grafts from the ear or the ribs unless they have had nasal surgery previously.


After Rhinoplasty

After your surgery, you will be monitored by a nurse for around 30 minutes and then discharged home. You must sleep in an elevated position, and avoid putting any strain or stress on your nose. Expect bruising, nasal congestion, mild pain, and swelling. External and internal splints remain in place for 7 days, and you return to the surgeon’s office to have sutures and bandages removed in 3-7 days. After care involves:

  • Avoidance of rigorous activities (jogging or aerobics).
  • Don’t blow your nose.
  • Take baths instead of showers for the first week.
  • Avoid extreme facial expressions, such as laughing or smiling.
  • Eat a high-protein low-sodium diet.
  • Avoid eye glasses or sunglasses for 3 weeks.



In a recent social medial analysis study regarding rhinoplasty satisfaction, researchers found that 84% of patients were satisfied with their results. Outcomes vary and depend significantly on the nasal structure and problems. In another study, open structure septorhinoplasty greatly increased satisfaction outcome scores, and the procedure was associated with low revision rates.



Khansa I, Khansa L, & Pearson GD (2016). Patient Satisfaction After Rhinoplasty: A Social Media Analysis. Aesthet Surg J, 36(1), 1-5.

Sharma SD, Jacques T, Abed T, & Gatland D (2015). Outcomes in open structure septorhinoplasty. ENT,11(4), 263-266.