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Rhinoplasty in Chicago

"Now I Love My Nose"


Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. It can reshape, reduce, or enhance a person's nose to achieve facial harmony and boost self-confidence. It may also be performed as a reconstructive procedure to correct a birth defect or an injury, such as a broken nose.

Rhinoplasty may be performed for functional reasons instead of cosmetic ones. Combining nose reshaping with septoplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery can effectively treat certain breathing problems, such as those caused by a deviated septum.

What can rhinoplasty do for me?

Rhinoplasty is an excellent procedure for achieving the following:

Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

The best candidates for rhinoplasty:

How is the procedure performed?

Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure that is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Dr. Gary Wiesman uses one of two techniques when performing nose surgery. In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nostrils. In an open rhinoplasty, the incision is made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. During both methods, he gently lifts the soft tissues covering the nose. He sculpts the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. Any additional cartilage needed to enhance the nose can often be taken from the septum.

If the patient has a deviated septum, Dr. Wiesman will adjust the septum and the inner structures of the nose to improve breathing. Then, the tissues are redraped and stitched closed. If the patient desires nostril reshaping, this is done at the final stage of rhinoplasty.

The entire procedure generally lasts one to two hours.

What is the recovery from nose surgery like?

For a short time after surgery, patients may experience puffiness, a nose ache, a dull headache, some swelling and bruising, bleeding, and/or stuffiness. Most patients feel like themselves within two days and return to work in about a week.

The results of rhinoplasty become gradually apparent as the days pass after surgery and swelling recedes. Swelling may reappear from time to time in the first year after the procedure. It is typically more noticeable in the morning and fades during the day.

Contact lenses can be worn immediately, but glasses may need to be taped to your forehead or propped on your cheeks for up to seven weeks.

What is revision rhinoplasty?

Revision or secondary rhinoplasty corrects deformities caused by a previous operation on the nose. It is a more difficult procedure to perform than primary rhinoplasty because there is less cartilage to work with and there may be scarring or tissue contracture (tightening). However, Dr. Wiesman has the credentials, skills, and experience to improve both the appearance and function of the nose.

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