Rhinoplasty Basics

A Rhinoplasty is a technical name for a “nose job.” The nose gives balance to the aesthetic appearance of the face. It is a common surgical procedure performed for cosmetic or functional problems.
Both men and women seek consultation for the following concerns:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Birth defect
  • Injury or trauma
  • Changing the slope of the nose
  • Changing the tip appearance of the nose
  • Changing the bridge width or bumps
  • Changing the nostril shape
  • Changing the width of the nostrils

Rhinoplasty Benefits

  • Improve Breathing
  • Fix a Broken Nose
  • Improve Sinus Problems
  • Reduce Snoring
  • Improve Appearance and Symmetry of the Face
  • Enhance Self-Confidence

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Some people desire a drastic change, while others prefer a subtle change. Whether you desire a cosmetic or functional difference, a Rhinoplasty can balance the facial features that seem out of place. Think carefully about your expectations and desires and discuss them with Dr. Stiller. A thorough understanding and explanation of what you are looking for is critical to you and your results. Your consultation is a time for you to communicate your expectations to Dr. Stiller and to work together to choose the best procedure for you.

Get To Know Your Doctor

This is the time for you to become comfortable with Dr. Stiller and the staff at Stiller. You should express your desires and expectations for the surgical procedure. Dr. Stiller will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical technique.

A photograph will be taken and Dr. Stiller will do a computer simulation showing the changes you have discussed (this may require an additional appointment).

Dr. Stiller will go over the risks and potential complications of the procedure and will explain the pre-operative and post-operative process.


All procedures carry some uncertainty and risks.


As with any surgery, bleeding is a risk. This may form a blood collection called a hematoma and may require drainage. It is important to discuss any history of excessive bleeding or family history of bleeding.


1. Getting Ready For Surgery

During your consultation an explanation of pre-operative and post-operative plan will be reviewed. You will be given a list of medication to avoid taking two weeks prior to the operation.

A Stiller staff member will contact you a few days before the surgery and notify you what time you are expected to arrive for your procedure and discuss any last minute details. At this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask any further questions.

Continuing a healthy diet and exercise is very important prior to surgery. Smoking must be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.

2. Surgery Day

Do not eat or drink eight hours before your surgery. You should wear a button down or zipper front shirt and sneakers. Do not wear sandals or slippers. You will meet with a member of our staff to prepare for surgery. Dr. Stiller will see you prior to your surgery to answer any final questions and meet family or friends.

You will meet with our anesthesia provider to discuss anesthesia. For family or friends that accompany you, we have a lounge area to comfortably pass the time.

You will need someone to drive you home after the operation and stay with you the first 24 hours after the surgery is completed.

3. The Surgery

The decision for a Rhinoplasty is a very personal choice. The most important thing is how you feel. If your goals have been met, then your Rhinoplasty was a success.

However, it is very important to continue follow-up as recommended by Dr. Stiller. The changes for a Rhinoplasty is typically a slow process with the final results not realized for a couple of years.

A Rhinoplasty can be performed with sedation or general anesthesia.

4. After The Surgery

You will have post-operative dressing and a nasal splint. You will likely feel tired and sore for a few days following the Rhinoplasty, but we want you walking immediately after the surgery. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by prescribed pain medications.

You may have difficulty breathing because of the swelling and splints. This will improve over time. The splint is typically removed one week post-operation. Sleep with your head elevated to decrease the amount of swelling after the Rhinoplasty..

Depending on your job, you should be able to get back to work in a few days. Dr. Stiller will direct you regarding resuming exercise and normal activities during your follow-up evaluations.

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