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Rhinoplasty in Boston

What is Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty procedure sometimes referred to as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping” by patients, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure on the nose that is done to reshape the nose into a more pleasing appearance. Rhinoplasty can also be performed to correct a deviated septum in order to improve breathing through the nose. Rhinoplasty can make the nose smaller, refine the nasal tip, narrow a wide nose, straighten a crooked nose, and/or remove a nasal hump or bump.

Why do People Choose to Get a Nose Job?

Because the nose is one of the most noticeable parts of the face, many people choose to have a rhinoplasty to make their nose look better and to feel more self-confident. Some common reasons people give for choosing to have a nose job are due to having:

  • A hump or bump on the nose
  • A hook nose or Roman nose
  • A crooked nose
  • A hanging nasal tip or wide nose
  • Broad or flared nostrils
  • A broad or wide nasal tip
  • A long nose, big nose or a fat nose

What Does Rhinoplasty Surgery Cost? lists the average cost of rhinoplasty in Boston, Massachusetts as $7,650, with the range being between $4,900 and $10,225. It is important to have a personal consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to help determine what your actual costs will be due to the type of rhinoplasty that will be required to achieve your desired results.

“From the moment I walked into Dr. Seckel’s office, I was super excited about the possibility of correcting my nose. Being Italian, I had a hump that made me extremely self conscious. I would walk by people with my head slanted down. Dr. Seckel and his staff were excellent and put me at ease with the surgery. I am so glad I decided to do it. I am so pleased with the result. It has truly changed my life. I am more confident and can now walk with my head high. I highly recommend Dr. Seckel. One of the best things I did before selecting a plastic surgeon was doing my “homework”. Researching and finding a Board certified plastic surgeon is very important – you will be as pleased with your results as I am with mine. I LOVE my new nose!” ~ Patient Review, Realself

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Nose before and after open Rhinoplasty (Individual Results May Vary)

Open Rhinoplasty Procedure

Modern rhinoplasty is called open rhinoplasty in which a tiny incision is made under the nose and the cartilages that determine nose shape are visible. This better view allows the surgeon to more accurately reshape and reform the nose. The older closed rhinoplasty, done on the inside of the nose, did not provide as good a view of the structures being reshaped, and often did not give as good a result as the open rhinoplasty. During rhinoplasty one or more of the following steps occur:

  • The nose hump is removed
  • The tip of the nose is narrowed and refined
  • The nose bones are narrowed
  • The nasal tip is lifted
  • Crooked nose bones are straightened
  • The nasal septum that divides the nostrils is straightened if crooked and is called nasal septoplasty
  • A cartilage graft called a strut graft is placed to prevent the tip from dropping after rhinoplasty
  • A heart-shaped cartilage graft is placed under the nasal tip skin to reshape the tip and make the nasal-tip looked narrower

Some patients who are considering rhinoplasty in Boston may actually benefit from other cosmetic procedures such as facial implants or cheek augmentation, to provide balance to the facial features.

Before and After Open Rhinoplasty Boston
Open rhinoplasty before and after to correct hanging tip, shorten nose and remove hump
Open Rhinoplasty Boston
Before and after open rhinoplasty to refine and lift nasal tip and straighten nose

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What is Asian or Korean Rhinoplasty?

The Asian nose can be flat with short nasal bones and have wide flared nostrils. Asian Rhinoplasty often involves raising the bridge of the nose to increase projection of the nose bones. This can be done with cartilage grafts, bone grafts or implants. Asian Rhinoplasty or Korean Rhinoplasty can also be combined with a nostril narrowing procedure and elevation of the nasal-tip with a strut cartilage graft and tip cartilage graft.

Is Rhinoplasty Safe?

Yes, rhinoplasty is safe when performed by a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is very experienced in rhinoplasty surgery. Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex plastic surgery procedures and requires skill and artistic judgment that can only be gained by years of experience.

How Long is Recovery from Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Recovery from rhinoplasty is the time it takes for bruising and swelling to go away. Rhinoplasty can cause bruising around the eyes which can take 3 weeks to go away. You will have an external splint on your nose for approximately 10 days and in some cases internal splints for longer.

Is Rhinoplasty Surgery Painful?

Surprisingly patients do not complain much about pain after rhinoplasty and usually do not require pain medicine for longer than 2-3 days. Expect nasal stuffiness and mouth breathing for a few weeks. If internal nasal splints are used when septoplasty is done removal can cause brief discomfort.

When Will I See the Final Result of My Rhinoplasty?

You will see significant improvement in your nasal profile when the splint comes off. However, swelling can recur and it takes about 6 weeks for most of the swelling to resolve. If tip cartilage grafting is done it may be 6 months to a year before the final narrow refined nasal-tip can be seen.

Nose Job Boston
Before and after rhinoplasty (Individual Results May Vary)
Nose Surgery Boston
Nose before and after rhinoplasty (Individual Results May Vary)

Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation

Rhinoplasty is an advanced facial cosmetic surgery procedure that can restore balance to the facial features and enhance a patient’s self-confidence. If you have been considering nose surgery and would like to learn more about the procedure at Boston Plastic Surgery Specialists, contact Dr. Seckel today.

Meet The Surgeon

Boston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brooke R. Seckel
  • 35 Years Experience
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery Harvard Medical School
  • Chairman Emeritus Lahey Clinic Department of Plastic Surgery
  • Best Doctors in America 2012-2017
  • Top Surgeons in America 2012-2018
  • Realself Top 100 2017-2018
  • Top Plastic Surgeon in Boston

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