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Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

What is Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)?


Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is designed to provided you with facial harmony and correct the proportions of your nose. It is often used to correct impaired breathing that is a result of a nasal defect.

The surgery can change the width, size and position of the nostrils; the nose profile to eliminate bumps or remove the depression on the bridge of the nose; correct a drooping, upturned, hooked or bulbous nasal tip and fix nasal asymmetry.

For a deviated septum that causes breathing difficulties, rhinoplasty is used to adjust the nasal structures for better alignment.

Are you a candidate for rhinoplasty?

As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for the rhinoplasty surgery. They include:

  • You are unhappy with the size, shape or symmetry of your nose.
  • You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks.
  • You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you.
Cost for rhinoplasty surgery
Costs can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of surgery required.


The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.

The Recovery Process
Following your procedure, there will be some discomfort and swelling. The pain can be controlled with the medication prescribed by Dr. Jimerson. A splint and packing will be placed inside your nose, and a splint, bandages or both will be placed on the outside in order to provide support and protect your nose during initial healing.

Swelling will subside within a few weeks, but it could take up to a full year for your new nasal contour to be fully seen. You’ll probably notice various appearance changes in your nose during this period.

The Surgery
You will discuss various anesthesia options with Dr. Jimerson, including sedation and general anesthesia. He will determine the best type of anesthesia based on the procedure, your health history and his preferences.

There are two types of rhinoplasty: the first is a closed procedure, where all incisions are hidden inside the nose; the second is an open procedure, using an incision that is made along the narrow strip of tissue that separates your nostrils.

After the incisions are made, the skin covering nasal bones and cartilage is raised to provide access to the nasal bones, so Dr. Jimerson can reshape the structure of your nose.

If you have an excessively large nose, it may be reshaped by removing bone or cartilage. If your surgery requires the addition of a cartilage graft, it will usually be taken from the septum, the partition found in the middle of your nose.

Once the nose is sculpted to the desired shape or size, the nasal skin and underlying tissues are redraped and sutures are used to close the incision.

Risks involved in rhinoplasty

As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and postoperative complications. Risks may include:

  • Anesthesia  • Bleeding  • Infection • Scarring •Poor wound healing • Rare nerve injury leading to weakness of the lower lip • Temporary or even permanent hair loss at the incisions • Numbness or skin sensation changes • Persistent pain • Possible need to revise the surgery • Problems with sutures that may require removal

It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!

Meeting with Dr. Jimerson
Prior to rhinoplasty surgery you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and what you can expect from the surgery.


He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.

You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.

Questions to ask Dr. Jimerson
During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your surgery.Here are some questions to consider:

– What surgical technique is recommended?

– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?

– What risks are associated with my surgery?

– What type of complications can happen?

– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?

– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?

Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.

Rhinoplasty preparation
What happens prior to the rhinoplasty? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.

If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.

Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.

Rhinoplasty surgery results are long lasting. Your initial swelling usually subsides within a few weeks, but it could take up to full year for your full nasal contour to be visible.

Please remember that due to the aging process and gravity it is common to have certain changes to your face and nose. These are gradual, and most of the improvements seen from your rhinoplasty will be permanent.

Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your procedure to obtain optimal results.

Why use Dr. Jimerson and the Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions team?
Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.

Schedule your appointment

The best way to determine if rhinoplasty is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment click here.