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Improve Your Entire Appearance with Rhinoplasty

Your nose is one of your most prominent facial features. Many men and women feel unhappy with the size, shape, or contours of their nose.

Rhinoplasty offers a safe and effective solution. Drs. Hurwitz and Davila share a focused interest in this field. 3-D image simulation of your results aids in communicating our vision. As an accomplished artist, Dr. Davila can take this one step further with the fabrication of before and after 3-D plastic models. Their technical expertise in the field means we can provide natural-looking aesthetic enhancements that help you feel completely confident in your appearance.* 

So why should you consider nose reshaping surgery?

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Safe Treatment Offering Lifelong Benefits

Transform Your Appearance

Since your nose is such a prominent part of your face, even subtle changes can have a dramatic impact on your overall appearance.

Choose A Safe Option

Over 200,000 rhinoplasties were performed in 2017. The risk of complications is low, especially when provided by a skilled surgeon.

Improve Your Health

If you struggle with a deviated septum or another breathing issue, rhinoplasty can help you breathe more comfortably.

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Rhinoplasty Can Improve:

Shape

The shape of your nose can be refined if you have a bulbous tip, prominent nasal hump, or narrow nostrils.

Size

Rhinoplasty can address the size of your nose by adjusting the width of the bridge and length of the tip to better suit your features.

Injuries

Damage to functional aspects of the nose or asymmetry caused by an injury can be corrected to restore function and aesthetics.

If you are generally unhappy with your nose, rhinoplasty may be the answer...

Overcome Insecurities

You may not be able to pinpoint what you dislike about your nose or your appearance in general, but a consultation can help you determine whether your nose needs to be adjusted or if another feature is affecting your satisfaction with appearance. It is highly recommended that you bring in images of individuals you find attractive or noses that you find flattering. These can be used during your consultation to identify the changes that can be made to achieve your desired outcome.  How do I know if I'm a candidate?

Determining If Rhinoplasty Is Right For You

Nose reshaping surgery can address a wide range of cosmetic flaws and breathing issues. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty is to schedule a consultation with the Pittsburgh Center

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Patients can typically resume normal activities within one to two weeks following their rhinoplasty surgery, with a full recovery typically occurring after approximately one month. During a pre-surgical evaluation, our plastic surgeons will answer any questions you may have about the procedure, and carefully explain what to expect during your rhinoplasty recovery.

our staff will also provide you with a list of post-operative instructions to follow to assist you with your recovery. These are not simply suggestions, and they should be diligently followed to help you avoid complications. Your results can completely depend on how closely you follow these instructions.

Immediately following Surgery

Like many other facial cosmetic procedures, rhinoplasty is considered an outpatient surgery, so you will be able to return home the same day. Due to the nature of the procedure, you will need to have someone drive you to and from the surgery.

Immediately following the procedure, you will likely feel groggy and nauseous. As the anesthesia wears off, you may also experience some soreness and pressure in your face. This is completely normal. Taking your medications as directed and resting with your head elevated can help alleviate any discomfort. We also recommend applying a soft ice pack to reduce swelling. Other side effects can include headaches, swelling, and nosebleeds.

Lasting Results

The initial swelling from your nose reshaping surgery will take a few weeks to subside. Over the next year, you may notice subtle changes in the appearance of your nose. This refinement process will eventually reveal your permanent results. The changes made during rhinoplasty are relatively permanent. You may experience some changes to your facial features as you age. However, a healthy lifestyle and consistent sun protection can help extend the results of your procedure.

Choose A Skilled Surgeon For Your Procedure

Over 40 Years of Experience

Dr. Hurwitz has been performing plastic surgery since 1977. He is constantly striving to create new techniques and refine existing treatments to ensure his patients achieve beautiful results as comfortably and safely as possible. As a craniofacial specialist, his knowledge of the bony and cartilaginous anatomy of the nose is essential to providing an exceptional result.  At the Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery, we perform most of our surgeries in our state-of-the-art surgical clinic. We also offer a comprehensive recovery program in our comfortable, relaxing medical spa to help you maximize the results of your treatment. But what exactly happens during rhinoplasty?

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Thousands Of People Consider
Nose Reshaping Each Year

rhinoplasty infographic - half a million people consult with a plastic surgeon each year to discuss rhinoplasty surgery

*According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

What issues can rhinoplasty address?

How Does Rhinoplasty Work?

Rhinoplasty illustration

Rhinoplasty Procedural Steps

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you will return home the day of surgery. The specifics of your procedure will depend on the type and the extent of the changes you wish to make.

Transform Your Appearance

Since your nose is such a prominent part of your face, even subtle changes can have a dramatic impact on your overall appearance.

Choose A Safe Option

Over 200,000 rhinoplasties were performed in 2017. The risk of complications is low, especially when provided by a skilled surgeon.

Improve Your Health

If you struggle with a deviated septum or another breathing issue, rhinoplasty can help you breathe more comfortably.

You Are Finished Growing

We do not recommend rhinoplasty for patients whose facial features are still growing and changing.

“Patients can typically resume normal activities within one to two weeks, with a full recovery occurring after one month.”

Week One of Recovery

During your first week, extensive bruising is normal. Keeping your head elevated when resting can help reduce these effects. It is imperative that you do not blow or try to breathe through your nose as it could disrupt the incisions. Your nose will likely be packed with gauze or other materials to hold the surgical site in place and to reduce any bleeding. Your surgeon will remove any non-dissolvable sutures, splints, and nasal packing approximately seven to 10 days after surgery. 

Although light walking is encouraged to promote healthy blood flow, all strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks. This includes heavy lifting, bending over, or any activity that would cause overexertion. You will also need to avoid wearing eyeglasses of any kind as the added pressure could disrupt the treatment area.

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Week Two of Recovery and Beyond

As the swelling and bruising subsides, most patients feel comfortable returning to work and normal activities by this time. Some physical activity can also be resumed. However, any activity that could result in injury to the face, such as contact sports, should be avoided for at least eight weeks.

It is not uncommon to experience some numbness and tingling around your nose throughout your recovery. This will continue to subside as your nose heals. Although you may notice a vast improvement in the appearance of your nose, it could take up a to a year or more to enjoy the final results.

Helpful Tips To
Follow During Your Recovery

Certain guidelines can help assist you in your recovery:

  • Rest as much as possible during the first few days, being mindful of keeping your head elevated. Overexertion could cause a delay in your recovery.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks and contact sports for eight weeks.
  • Be aware of signs of infection, such as increased pain, excessive bleeding, redness, and fever. Contact our office right away if you notice any of these symptoms.
  • Have a loved one assist you for the first few days of your recovery.
  • Avoid bumping or touching your nose for the first two weeks.
  • Take medications as prescribed to reduce pain.
  • Don’t skip your follow-up appointments at our practice.

Types of Rhinoplasty

There are several different types of rhinoplasty performed to achieve a range of goals:

Reduction Rhinoplasty

In the most commonly performed procedure, our surgeons will remove small amounts of bone and cartilage to achieve your desired appearance. Reduction rhinoplasty can address bumps on the bridge of the nose, elongated nasal tips, and flared nostrils.

Augmentation Rhinoplasty

Another very common procedure, augmentation rhinoplasty is accomplished by performing bone and tissue grafts to build up the nasal tip or bridge. Typically, we will harvest tissue from other parts of the nose, but can use tissue from your ears or ribs, or synthetic material, as well.

Post-Traumatic Rhinoplasty

This procedure is performed to help patients who have experienced an injury to the nose achieve restored function and aesthetics.

Reconstructive Rhinoplasty

For patients who have lost all or part of their nose to skin cancer or trauma, our surgeons can rebuild the nose using skin and bone grafts. This can be a very complex procedure, and may require multiple surgeries over several months.

Rhinoplasty for Breathing Issues

We can perform specialized surgeries for adolescents and adults suffering from breathing difficulties. We take special care during these rhinoplasty procedures to preserve the patient's unique features.

Patients often choose to combine rhinoplasty with other procedures such as a brow lift or chin implant surgery to create a more dramatic aesthetic enhancement.

Is rhinoplasty my only choice?

Explore Your Options

Making an Informed Decision

Before recommending nose reshaping surgery, we will meet with you to discuss your goals and explain the options available to you. While rhinoplasty is typically the best option for patients who want to dramatically modify their nose, we also offer non-surgical options.

Dermal fillers can improve the shape of your nose if there are certain areas which have been affected by injury, a crooked tip, or a flattened bridge. However, a filler cannot reduce the size of your nose or improve your breathing. In addition, fillers are a temporary solution and require periodic retreatment.

“Dr. Hurwitz did a fantastic job on my rhinoplasty. He listened to my concerns and the staff is very kind. His wife did my surgical coordination and she was very good about easing me through my concerns about having surgery since I had never been under before. It was worth the 2 hour travel to have quality care.” ADRIENNE M.

Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology and amenities to ensure your comfort and privacy during your visit. We are located in the heart of Pittsburgh and serve patients from all over the world. When you are ready to take the next step, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Davila or Dr. Hurwitz. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals of looking and feeling your best.

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