Rhinoplasty: creating the nose you always wanted
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose to improve contour and breathing. Cosmetic rhinoplasty seeks to improve and balance the appearance of the nose in relation to the rest of the facial features while reconstructive rhinoplasty seeks to improve breathing. Cosmetic and reconstructive procedures can be combined during the same surgery. Shape and function of the nose are interdependent, which is why our surgeons pay close attention to both.
"My experience from beginning to end with Dr. Wang was amazing! I had a rhinoplasty, along with an eyebrow lift, and a couple other minor things done. He is an artist! Results were more than expected and people can't even tell I had anything done at all."
Common reasons for having a rhinoplasty
- Shorten a long nose
- Straighten a twisted or crooked nose
- Make the overall nose smaller
- Balance the facial profile
- Reduce a wide nasal tip
- Remove a “bump”
- Improve breathing
Why choose OHSU?
- Dr. Wang and Dr. Loyo Li are experts in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty
Our surgeons at OHSU have a focused expertise in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. We aredouble board certified in both Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). Dr. Wang and Dr. Loyo Li have spent years becoming experts on both the inside and the outside of the nose in order to better reshape it and understand our patient’s needs. They pay great attention to detail, listen to their patients, and approach every surgery that they do from a place of empathy.
- OHSU has an extraordinary surgical team that prioritizes safety and quality
At OHSU, your satisfaction, safety, and quality of care are of great importance to us. Our team considers a patient’s general health, age, skin type, and personal preference when preparing for surgery. Our surgeons perform a large number of rhinoplasties and combine advanced skills with artistry to create the outcome our patient’s desire.
Review before and after photos and read about patients experience undergoing rhinoplasty below:
Note: Many more before and after patient photos are available for your review during your in office consultation. Limited photos are provided online for privacy reasons.
"I have been a patient of Dr. Loyo's for 5 years. Dr. Loyo is the only person I trust with my face. After getting a Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty by Dr. Loyo I was fully impressed with her skills. The results were amazing yet subtle. She fixed my crooked nose and deviated septum but kept my nose looking like it always was supposed to."
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Understanding cosmetic versus functional (reconstructive) rhinoplasty
The goal of cosmetic rhinoplasty is to improve the appearance of the nose by changing the shape. In contrast, the goal of functional rhinoplasty is improvement breathing and/or restoration of shape of an injured nose. Cosmetic and functional nasal procedures are frequently combined and have similar recoveries.
Cosmetic surgery is private pay and not covered by insurance as it is not considered a medically necessary procedure, while functional rhinoplasty may be eligible for insurance coverage depending on the insurance plan and condition. Common procedures eligible for insurance coverage are: septoplasty, nasal valve surgery, turbinate reduction, and sinus surgery.
At OHSU our goal is to provide uniform functional and cosmetic corrections. Our surgeons can help you navigate your cosmetic and functional goals and our team can discuss cost with you.
What to expect after surgery?
Rhinoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis. The incisions are placed in relatively hidden positions, such as inside the nostril or underneath the nose, to avoid visible scarring. You may be required to wear an external splint for a few days after surgery, which is held in place by tape and must be kept dry. During this time you can resume activities such as bathing, shampooing and walking. After the splint is removed, your nose may appear slightly swollen. Within two weeks after surgery, most people can return to full activities. Although most of the swelling will be resolved after the first two weeks following surgery, the final result may not be evident for several months due to the normal healing process.