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    Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) Procedure Steps

    Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) Procedure StepsWhile the main procedure steps in rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery will remain the same in each case, minor variations may occur depending on the specific nose refinements involved. Rhinoplasty typically includes cosmetic improvements such as nose augmentation or reduction, straightening a crooked nose, refining the nasal tip, removing a bump from the nasal bridge, or reshaping the nostrils.

    The surgeon will discuss the procedure steps during the initial rhinoplasty consultation. The first goal of the surgeon will be educate the patient about the procedure, reassure and relieve them of any anxiety, and help them make the right decision. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian provides rhinoplasty to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles CA, and surrounding locations.


    Consultation before Surgery

    The first vital step in the rhinoplasty procedure is the pre-operative consultation. The cosmetic surgeon will engage closely with the patient during this appointment to understand their cosmetic goals, assess their nose and facial anatomy, address their questions and doubts, and offer pre- and post-surgical instructions. A few medical tests may be ordered, if necessary.

    A detailed consultation process will contribute to the final outcome of the nose surgery. The medical and surgical history of the patient will be evaluated. The surgeon will assess any current or previous sinus or nasal breathing issues. The thickness and type of nose skin will also be assessed.


    Surgical Planning

    Based on the feedback of the patient and other parameters assessed during the consultation, the surgeon will prepare a customized rhinoplasty plan. This plan will create a balance between the patient’s natural facial anatomy and their personal aesthetic goals and needs.

    At this stage, the surgeon will determine the rhinoplasty technique to be used, the type of nose changes required, the location of incisions, and whether any additional facial procedures may be needed. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Yavrouian receives patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles CA, and nearby areas for nose surgery.


    Surgical Procedure


    Rhinoplasty may be performed using local anesthesia with mild IV sedation or light general anesthesia in a few cases. A certified anesthetist nurse or an anesthesiologist may perform anesthesia, and will usually remain present throughout the surgery. The patient’s medical records will be checked before clearing them for anesthesia.



    Rhinoplasty will be performed as an open or closed procedure, depending on the extent of surgery to be performed. Tissue may be added, removed or modified as a part of the procedure. Sometimes the surgeon may use synthetic implants. Skin will be lifted off the nasal structure in open rhinoplasty to expose the underlying tissue for corrections. Closed rhinoplasty can be performed from inside the nostrils, with no outer incisions.


    Closing the Incisions

    Following rhinoplasty, the surgeon will carefully close the incisions with sutures and cover them with bandages. The patient will usually be allowed to return home the same day of the surgery. No visible scarring will occur with closed rhinoplasty. In case of open rhinoplasty, minimal scarring will occur and the recovery will take a relatively longer time.


    For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.

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