Rhinoplasty, also called nose reshaping, nose surgery, or a nose job, is a surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the nose or resolve breathing problems. Dr. Sofonio is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who delivers customized nose reshaping in the Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, CA areas.
How Is a Nose Job Performed?
When you meet with us in a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Sofonio will analyze your physical and medical condition to determine if you are a good candidate for a custom nose job. Based on the outcome of this analysis and your expectations, he will recommend the ideal approach to achieve your aesthetic goals.
During the rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Sofonio will administer general anesthesia or intravenous sedation for your comfort. The surgical approach he takes will vary but generally involves the surgical reshaping of the underlying structure of the nose to achieve balance and harmony among your features.
Why Choose Dr. Sofonio for Your Rhinoplasty?
The skills, experience, and artistry of your plastic surgeon could not be more important when it comes to rhinoplasty. Dr. Sofonio is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has extensive experience and is very familiar with the most advanced nose surgery techniques.
An Eye for Facial Balance: Dr. Sofonio
His eye for facial balance lends itself to creating a refined nose shape that enhances your other features. Every rhinoplasty he performed is 100 percent customized, from a nasal tip correction to a more comprehensive restructuring of the nasal bones and cartilage. His dedication to his patients goes above and beyond the usual, and you can expect to feel safe, comfortable, and cared for when under his care.
What Can a Custom Nose Job Do for Me?
You may have spent years feeling less confident about your facial appearance due to the look of your nose.
A custom nose job, performed with precision by Dr. Sofonio, can treat any of the following aesthetic or functional issues:
- Hump on the nose bridge
- Drooping nose tip
- Flat nose bridge
- Bulbous nose tip
- Overly wide nose
- Pinched nose tip
- Overly long or wide nostrils
- Breathing problems through one or both nostrils
Nasal Tip Correction
If you feel less confident due to an unevenly shaped, bulbous, overly-large, or drooping nose tip, Dr. Sofonio can perform a custom nasal tip correction surgery. Nasal tip surgery is most often performed under local anesthesia. The incisions are normally hidden within the nostrils. He employs the most advanced surgical techniques, geared to create the most attractive refinement of your nose tip, with the least invasive approach. The first step in refining your nose’s appearance is a private consultation with Dr. Sofonio, who can advise you about the surgical approach to correct an aesthetic flaw.
Nose Job Recovery Time
You can expect some bruising and swelling following a rhinoplasty. While the swelling can actually last up to one year, most people can return to work in about ten days. The residual swelling can take some time to diminish, but within a few weeks, it will typically only be noticeable to you. After your surgery, Dr. Sofonio will implant splints and tubes to temporarily support the nose for up to a week as it heals. He will monitor your progress and will give any necessary instructions to speed healing.
Surgical Options: Open or Closed Rhinoplasty
Two general surgical approaches are used in reshaping the nose:
- Closed rhinoplasty: For minor nose shape problems, it may be possible to perform the surgery from within the nostrils, called a “closed rhinoplasty.” The recovery time is generally faster and involves less swelling, but this approach is not always appropriate.
- Open rhinoplasty: More often, an open technique is used. An incision is placed at the base of the columella (strip of tissue between the nostrils), allowing the entire nose structure to be accessed during surgery, which is necessary in many cases. The surgical incision, once healed, is almost invisible.