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Rhinoplasty in Palm Springs, CA


The nose is one of the most prominent and noticeable parts of the face. Its size and shape, compared to other facial features, has a tremendous effect on a person’s overall appearance. Many nasal deformities, such as nasal bumps, are visible from the outside, but they can also be characterized solely by breathing difficulty. Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, can be one of the most rewarding cosmetic procedures, as it can improve facial harmony and balance between the facial features as well as alleviate airway obstruction.

What Are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?

  • Improve nasal aesthetic and facial harmony
  • Correct structural imperfections that impair breathing
  • Boost confidence

Am I the Right Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

The best candidates for rhinoplasty are individuals with the following concerns:

  • Dissatisfaction with the size or shape of the nose
  • A drooping nasal tip
  • A noticeable nasal hump
  • An overly large or wide nose
  • Breathing irregularities caused by internal nose deformities

How Is Rhinoplasty Performed?

Rhinoplasty is performed using local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the nature and extent of the procedure. Small incisions are created within the nose or inconspicuously on the outside of the nose. Dr. Calabria shapes the nose using nondestructive techniques that preserve the integrity of the supportive cartilage arches within the nasal passage. Typically, internal splints and packs are not necessary after surgery. A thin external splint will be applied to the outside of the nose if the nasal bones have been repositioned. Patients are then transferred to the recovery room for brief observation.

How Long Is My Rhinoplasty Recovery?

Patients who undergo rhinoplasty can expect some bruising and swelling after their procedure. Drainage is normal for at least 72 hours following surgery, and it may be reddish in color. The external splint must be worn for five to seven days to support the nasal bones. Patients can expect to go back to work in seven to 10 days, but physical exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks.

When Will I See My Rhinoplasty Results?

Any bruising or swelling should subside significantly within 10 days of rhinoplasty. There may be some degree of residual swelling and decreased sensation for several months. Nasal modifications are noticeable immediately following surgery, but they continue to improve as swelling diminishes. Dr. Calabria always tries to preserve the individuality of the nose to create conservative, yet stunning, results.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty

What is the difference between an open and closed rhinoplasty procedure?

In closed (endonasal) rhinoplasty, all the incisions are made within the nose. It is a quicker surgery with less swelling afterward. However, closed rhinoplasty has limitations and can’t always address the same issues as open rhinoplasty.

During open (external) rhinoplasty, Dr. Calabria makes incisions both inside and outside your nose. The outer incision is on the underside of your nose between your nostrils and connected to incisions within the nose. This procedure provides better visibility and allows your surgeon to perform more extensive surgery.

What other procedures can I get with rhinoplasty?

There are several different face procedures that may complement your nose job, such as a facelift, a brow lift, or lip augmentation. You may also combine facial implant surgery with your rhinoplasty if you and your surgeon determine this approach will help you attain your goals. Non-surgical options like facial fillers are also popular pairings with rhinoplasty for a refreshed appearance.

How old do I have to be for rhinoplasty?

Your nose must have finished growing before undergoing rhinoplasty. In girls, that is usually between the ages of 15 and 16. Boys typically take at least a year longer to complete nasal growth.

How soon can I return to work after my nose job?

You need to take it easy over the week following your rhinoplasty surgery to support healing and recovery. Most patients can return to sedentary work within seven days. If you have a labor-intensive job, you may need to wait up to four weeks to resume your physical duties.

Does health insurance cover rhinoplasty?

Some insurance companies cover part or all the cost of medically necessary rhinoplasty. You should speak with your carrier and primary care physician to determine whether you may be eligible for this coverage. Purely cosmetic rhinoplasty is likely not covered.

How do I prepare for my rhinoplasty procedure?

Dr. Calabria provides his patients with a full list of instructions, guidance, and recommendations to help them prepare for their procedure. Some common restrictions include the following:

  • Don’t smoke for at least two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks post-surgery. Longer is better.
  • No NSAID medications, like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen.
  • Avoid sun exposure for the two weeks leading up to your procedure.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for the first 24 hours.

Interested in Learning More?

To learn more about rhinoplasty or to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Calabria, please call (760) 836-0077.

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