There are many factors that can impact the way your nose looks and works, including genetics or injury. A rhinoplasty with an experienced plastic surgeon can improve both the form and function for overall improvement in your nose.

What is a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that can improve aspects of the nose like the tip, nostrils, bridge, or base. The goal is to improve the nose’s relationship to the rest of the face. In other cases, rhinoplasty can be used to improve the nose’s breathing function when the airway is otherwise impaired.

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“Dr. Warnock and his staff were so wonderful! They explained everything to me about my procedure and they answered all my questions. They treated me with so much kindness and respect. But most of all they listened to me and were so accommodating with my needs and wants. I would recommend Dr. Warnock (and have) over any other plastic surgeon in Utah. Highly, highly recommend!!!”

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“Amazing is an understatement!!! Dr. Warnock is a wizard in Rhino/Septoplasty, I couldn’t be happier with my results. I’ve never been more confident, my nose is perfect!! Even better, he fixed my breathing!! Dr. Warnock and his team made this scary process so easy! I wouldn’t recommend anyone else but him! Go see him ASAP!”

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Who’s a Good Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?

Good candidates for rhinoplasty are healthy patients who are dissatisfied with the look of their nose or who have difficulty breathing because of injury or their nose’s anatomy. Most rhinoplasty patients are under 35 years old – rhinoplasty can sometimes be performed on patients under 18 with parental consent. Your plastic surgeon will perform a full medical examination and history to determine whether rhinoplasty is a good fit for you.

What Happens During a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty generally has two techniques, both performed under general anesthesia. The first option is an open rhinoplasty where an incision is made across the columella or the strip of skin between the nostrils. This allows the skin of the nose to be pulled upward so your plastic surgeon can gain access to the underlying structure. Open rhinoplasty is best for more extensive restructuring and correction of the nose.

The second option is the closed rhinoplasty where incisions are made entirely within the nostrils. Closed rhinoplasty can be better for smaller revisions or patients who are concerned about scarring. During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will perform the appropriate technique and carefully craft your desired results.

Rhinoplasty Results and Recovery

Rhinoplasty can require at least 2 weeks of downtime because of the delicate structure of the nose. You’ll be instructed to use ice packs to relieve swelling and take prescription medications. It’s extremely important to keep your head elevated and avoid sleeping on your side or stomach. You should also limit your activity level as instructed by your plastic surgeon. You’ll have extensive bruising for the first 1-2 weeks, and it will begin to subside within a month – however, you may still experience residual swelling for up to 1 year after your procedure. It’s best to give yourself plenty of time before judging your final results because the nose contains many blood vessels and delicate anatomy.

Meet the doctors

Nicholas K. Howland

M.D., F.A.C.S.
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Paul A. Watterson

M.D., F.A.C.S.
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Richard Fryer

M.D., F.A.C.S.
Meet Dr. Fryer

Steven H. Warnock

M.D., F.A.C.S.
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