Rhinoplasty

Expert Nose Shaping and Contouring in Santa Rosa, CA

The nose has been described as the secret to a beautiful face. Rhinoplasty or a “nose job” is one of the most well-known and most performed cosmetic procedures. Dr. Greg Chernoff is considered among the best and most experienced rhinoplasty surgeons in his field. He uses a unique combination of superb surgical skills, sophisticated techniques, and refined artistic judgment to provide his patients with outstanding aesthetic results.

Dr. Chernoff performs all types of rhinoplasty procedures including traditional cosmetic rhinoplasty, closed rhinoplasty, perseveration rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty.  His reputation for excellent surgical outcomes and impeccable patient care attracts numerous rhinoplasty and highly complicated revision rhinoplasty cases. Every patient is different and has unique goals for his or her appearance. Dr. Chernoff uses his experience and expertise to create unique and beautiful results.

What Is a Nose Job and Who Are Good Candidates?

Rhinoplasty realigns the nose so that it is in proportion with the contours of the face — creating facial harmony and balance. The nasal bones are typically sculpted, and nasal cartilage is either removed or sculpted to reshape the external nose. Each patient’s nose and nasal structure is different.

Individuals of all ages may be troubled by the shape of their nose, or perhaps their nose has a hump they want removed. A nose job can help shape and contour the nose so that is in balance and harmony with the face.

Patients typically want a rhinoplasty to:

  • Reduce or increase the size of their nose
  • Change the size or shape of the nostrils, tip, or bridge of the nose
  • Alter the angle of the nose from one that points up or droops down
  • Correct a bulbous tip or hooked nose
  • Reduce a prominent dorsal hump

Dr. Chernoff is often asked if teenagers, ages 13 to 16, are a good candidate for a rhinoplasty. He advises parents and the teens that their nose has not matured to its adult size and therefore, a rhinoplasty is not recommended. Also, a patient’s emotional maturity and expectations plays a role in timing of a rhinoplasty. During your consultation with Dr. Chernoff, he will discuss if you are a good candidate for a rhinoplasty.

How Is A Rhinoplasty Performed?

Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure under either twilight or general anesthetic. The skin and tissues of the nose along with the underlying bone and cartilage are sculpted by Dr. Greg Chernoff to your desired new shape. The incision for the rhinoplasty is in the shape of a small “W” at the base of the tip of the nose and is barely perceptible after 1-2 weeks. The incision for a septoplasty is placed on the inside of the nose and is not visible outside.

If your nose is too large, Dr. Chernoff can sculpt away cartilage to reduce its size. Noses that point up or droop down can be redirected by trimming the septum that divides the two nasal passages. Skin can be removed from both sides of the nostrils at the center to narrow the base of the nose. Sometimes, the contour can be improved by adding tissue that is borrowed either from the nasal septum or the patient’s ear.

Sinus & Septoplasty

A septoplasty can be performed in conjunction with endoscopic sinus surgery to rid a patient of their chronic sinusitis symptoms.

Preparing for Surgery

Prior to any surgical procedure, Dr. Chernoff recommends that all our patients read our "Patient Guide for Plastic Surgery". The guide explains important points that all patients should think about as they are considering a surgical procedure.

What Is The Recovery Process After A Rhinoplasty?

Through the advent of smaller instruments and diamond refining tools, minimal bruising, minimal bleeding, and minimal pain are achieved. No internal packing is required; however, an external fiberglass, flesh-colored splint will be placed on the nose for ten days.

Immediately after surgery, your face could feel puffy. The area around your eyes and nose could have some bruising and swelling for a few days. Cold compresses can help minimize swelling and reduce pain. It takes about 10 to 14 days before most of the swelling and bruising improves.

Taking arnica prior to the procedure can help, and your preoperative nurse will explain Dr. Chernoff’s recommendations. You may need to keep your head elevated and relatively still for the first few days after surgery.

The first couple days after surgery you will need to take it easy, doing small tasks for short periods of time. You can gradually increase your activity level and allow your body to heal. It’s critical that you are careful not to bump your nose as you move around after surgery. It may be several weeks before you can return to strenuous activities like running or lifting heavy weights.

What Results Can You Expect After Your Surgery?

Dr. Chernoff has performed thousands of rhinoplasties and is considered among the best and most experienced rhinoplasty surgeons. To achieve natural-looking results, rhinoplasty requires a surgeon with the appropriate surgical certifications, extensive knowledge, experience, surgical skill, and aesthetic vision. Dr. Chernoff has the expertise and skills to do it right the first time!

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