Rhinoplasty is one of the most demanding cosmetic operations for plastic surgeons. It requires a thorough understanding of nasal anatomy, a good eye to visualize what elements need to be addressed, knowledge of various corrective techniques, and an expertise in nasal function. Since Dr. Eric Okamoto is a double-board certified plastic surgeon/otolaryngologist (ear, nose & throat), he has experience from two different disciplines, which you will likely appreciate during your consultation.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job” or nasal surgery, is a procedure designed to improve the appearance and/or function of the nose. In some cases, individuals will opt for this surgery to correct structural issues, like a deviated septum; however, rhinoplasty is also a popular option for patients who would like to address aesthetic concerns. Rhinoplasty can alter the size and shape of the nasal bridge, tip, and nostrils, ultimately working to enhance balance and symmetry to facial features. If this procedure sounds like it is the right option for your needs, please call our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Okamoto.

What Can Be Achieved with Rhinoplasty?

It would be impractical to describe all the variations that can be altered with a rhinoplasty. Suffice it to say that when a nose is too big, it is made smaller; when it is too small, it is made larger; when it is asymmetrical, balance is restored; and when it lacks definition, more form is imposed. Limitations exist for change and these details will be discussed during your consultation. Computer imagery will be used to facilitate your understanding of your cosmetic nasal flaws and how they might look after corrective measures are taken. You will be given a detailed description explaining the anatomical reasons for your nasal presentation and specifically what measures are deemed necessary for correction. Just as important, Dr. Okamoto will explain why certain desires are sometimes difficult or impossible to achieve, particularly if the ultimate goal is to achieve a natural appearance.

What Happens in a Rhinoplasty Procedure?

View the Gallery

Depending on the circumstances, Dr. Okamoto chooses whether to perform a rhinoplasty with a “closed” or an “open” technique. A closed rhinoplasty confines all the incisions inside the nasal chambers where they remain hidden from view. On the other hand, an open technique places one of the incisions across the central nasal column which separates the two nostrils. Although a fine line is visible in this region afterwards, it is generally unnoticeable. Every nose is different, which alters the cosmetic goals from one patient to the next. Therefore, every consultation must be individualized.

Asian Rhinoplasty

Dr. Okamoto also offers a highly specialized rhinoplasty procedure known as Asian Rhinoplasty — a technique designed specifically for individuals of Asian descent. If you are considering this procedure, Dr. Okamoto can review the different approaches available that can meet your needs. He will then craft a customized treatment plan designed to achieve your goals. Dr. Okamoto strives to provide an outcome that is both cosmetically pleasing while still preserving his patients’ unique ethnic features.

Learn more about Asian Rhinoplasty.

Is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Possible?

Yes! At our plastic surgery practice, we refer to non-surgical rhinoplasty as “liquid rhinoplasty.” This treatment utilizes dermal fillers to achieve your desired look. Some individuals may wish to improve their nasal contours to create enhanced facial balance and symmetry, and this non-surgical treatment can help. It should be noted that the effects of liquid rhinoplasty are not permanent but can be maintained with touch-up injections on an as-needed basis. Dr. Okamoto can review this option with you during your consultation to see if it can meet your needs.

Learn more about liquid rhinoplasty.

What is Recovery from Rhinoplasty Like?

During the recovery period, patients will experience swelling, as well as some minor bruising. The bruises typically fade after a couple of weeks, but it may take several months for the swelling to completely subside. Although an improved appearance should be noticeable shortly after the procedure, final results can sometimes take up to a year to be completely visualized, due to the prolonged swelling. Strenuous activities, sports, and exercise can affect the recovery process, and should be avoided for the first few weeks after surgery. Diving, contact sports, and any other activities where your nose could potentially be impacted should be avoided for at least six weeks, allowing the bones to restabilize. Any discomfort during the recovery period is typically minimal and can usually be alleviated with oral medication.

How to Select the Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon for You

For any plastic surgery procedure, and particularly for rhinoplasty, the selection of your surgeon is one of the most important steps in the process. Rhinoplasty is a very complex type of surgery, and requires an exceptionally skilled and extensively experienced surgeon to maximize the potential for successful results. When you are going about the process of researching prospective rhinoplasty surgeons, it is very helpful to focus on doctors who have board-certification and who demonstrate a commitment to safety, advanced techniques, and comprehensive care. The surgeon for whom you are considering should answer any and all questions you may have thoroughly and concisely. In addition: reviewing the surgeon’s biography and credentials can give you insight into their experience; viewing the doctor’s rhinoplasty before-and-after photos can give you an idea of the results he or she is capable of; and determining how many times the surgeon has performed nose surgery procedures can also be very beneficial.

As a surgeon who is certified in both plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat surgery), Dr. Okamoto is highly qualified to perform rhinoplasty procedures and has an exceptional record of results with this procedure. Dr. Okamoto will thoroughly discuss your needs and goals with you during the initial consultation and address all of your concerns. If this procedure is right for you, he will develop a personalized treatment plan designed to effectively enhance the aesthetics of your nose or improve nasal function with results that meet your expectations.

Please click on the following links to learn more about the importance of board-certification and criteria to consider when choosing the best plastic surgeon.

If you would like more information about rhinoplasty or other procedures available at our practice, please contact us today. We will be happy to answer your questions or to assist you with scheduling a consultation.

*Individual results may vary