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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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Understanding the Cost of Rhinoplasty

For individuals who are considering rhinoplasty in Chicago, cost is a common concern. Dr. Gary Wiesman and our team understand that, which is why we charge fair and reasonable fees for all of our services. There are a number of factors that will affect the cost of your surgery; we can provide you with a quote when you visit us for a consultation. We want to help you afford your treatment, so we will assist you in navigating insurance and other payment options. 

Factors that Affect the Cost of Rhinoplasty

The cost of rhinoplasty in Chicago can range from $5,000 to $15,000.  Several factors influence the cost of any cosmetic surgery procedure, and that's especially true for rhinoplasty, which is considered one of the more complicated procedures performed by surgeons.

Some factors that will affect the cost of your nose job in Chicago include:

  • The extent and complexity of the procedure. A relatively simple aesthetic surgery is likely to cost less than extensive reconstruction or a revision rhinoplasty.
  • The type of anesthesia used. General anesthesia requires close monitoring and may cost more than other types of sedation.
  • Post-operative expenses. You may need to take some time off of work and pay for medications to enjoy a smooth recovery.
  • Your doctor’s skill. Dr. Gary Wiesman is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist with many years of experience. He takes great care to promote optimal outcomes for his patients. If you choose a doctor who offers “bargain” prices for rhinoplasty, your surgery might cost less initially; however, your results may fall far short of your expectations and you will have to incur additional costs for a subsequent procedure.

Having Cosmetic Surgery Abroad is Cheaper, but is it Safe?

Traveling outside the U.S. for cosmetic surgery can be dangerous. Many patients have been the victims of the perils of medical tourism, which many times finds a prospective patient succumbing to promises of cheaper surgery done quickly by unqualified doctors. It is important to do your homework before choosing a surgeon, and of making sure to see someone who is not only board certified, but board certified in the specialty of the procedure you are considering.

Does Insurance Cover Rhinoplasty?

Whether or not your medical insurance will cover your procedure depends on if the surgery is considered medically necessary. If your desire to undergo rhinoplasty is primarily because you wish to improve your facial aesthetics, it is unlikely that your policy will cover your treatment.

On the other hand, if you are suffering from a medical issue, such as a deviated septum or trouble breathing, your insurance is more likely to cover your surgery.

Please provide us with your insurance information before your consultation. We will verify your coverage and help you understand how it applies to your recommended treatment plan.

Affording Your Rhinoplasty

In addition to helping you navigate the ins and outs of insurance, we offer a few options that might help you afford your rhinoplasty:

  • Financing. We partner with CareCredit to allow our patients to pay for their treatment over time. CareCredit offers flexible plans, many of which have very low interest rates.
  • Credit Cards. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
  • Free consultations for cosmetic procedures. If your primary goal with nose surgery is to improve your facial aesthetics, we invite you to visit us for a complimentary consultation. After Dr. Wiesman learns about you and your goals, we will be in a better position to help you figure out the financial aspects of your procedure.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

Woman’s facial profile before and after rhinoplasty surgery

Actual Patient

Dr. Gary Wiesman and our team will be happy to answer your questions about rhinoplasty when you come in for your consultation . However, we understand that many people prefer to do their own research as they prepare to have a conversation with a facial plastic surgeon. That is why we have put together the following list of nose-job FAQs, along with succinct answers. We hope you find some useful and relevant information!

What Are the Benefits of a Rhinoplasty?

For many people, their nose is a point of self-consciousness. They may dislike their facial profile or feel that their nose or nostrils are too wide, or they want to remove a noticeable bump. Rhinoplasty can reshape the nose, helping the facial features to be more proportionate and thereby contributing to greater self-confidence. A nose job may also improve nasal breathing, which can reduce the risk of issues that are associated with constantly breathing through the mouth, like sleep apnea and dental decay.

Is Getting a Rhinoplasty Worth It?

The vast majority of patients who undergo a rhinoplasty are happy with their decision. Not only may they experience health benefits, such as an easier time breathing, but they will also enjoy improved self-confidence. Of course, there are rare individuals who regret undergoing plastic surgery. Typically, that happens when someone partners with an inexperienced or unskilled doctor who is not able to deliver satisfactory results. Dr. Wiesman is double board certified in both otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. His specialty is performing nose jobs that make his patients not only look better, but also breathe better. Patients tend to rave about their experience with him!

How Long Does a Rhinoplasty Last?

A great thing about rhinoplasty is that unlike some other facial plastic surgery services , it delivers permanent results. It alters the structure of your nose, and there are very few circumstances that could cause it to become misshapen again. For example, if you suffer facial trauma that affects your nose, its appearance may be altered, leading to the need for future facial plastic surgery. Barring such an unfortunate incident, you can expect the results of your nose job to be with you throughout your lifetime.

Is a Nose Job Painful?

You won't feel anything during the procedure because you'll be anesthetized. After your surgery, most patients find that they can tolerate the mild-to-modest discomfort with common painkillers prescribed by Dr. Wiesman. If you do experience severe pain, call us right away. We may need to examine you to check for rare problems like infection or other issues.

Will I Be Under Any Restrictions after My Nose Job?

You should take it easy for a few days after your surgery. You should avoid blowing your nose, refrain from strenuous exercise, be gentle when brushing your teeth, and take baths instead of showers. All of these measures will protect your nose as you heal. Dr. Wiesman will give you detailed and specific instructions to facilitate a smooth recovery. 

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