Procedure: Approximately 2–3 hours

Anesthesia: General anesthesia

Recovery: About 7 days (for office jobs and non-strenuous activities)

Post-op Visits: 1 day, 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 months

What Is Rhinoplasty?

facemodel03A rhinoplasty—or “nose job”—can reshape your nose and improve the way it blends with the rest of your facial features. This surgical procedure can also be performed to improve breathing function by relieving nasal airway obstruction. Board-certified plastic surgeon Jon Kurkjian, MD has specialized training in rhinoplasty and strives to provide exceptional results for every patient through customized surgical planning and meticulous technique.

Developing a Customized Rhinoplasty Plan with 3D Imaging

There is no such thing as a perfect nose, and not every nose looks good on every face. For this reason, Dr. Kurkjian will avoid having you look at photos of other people in an attempt to find your “ideal nose.” Instead, he will begin the rhinoplasty consultation by focusing on what you specifically desire to change about your own nose, which helps establish attainable goals from the start.

To facilitate this process, Dr. Kurkjian utilizes VECTRA® 3D imaging—a state-of-the-art, in-office technology that enables patients to view a three dimensional representation of how their nose can be realistically altered based on their unique anatomy. Once an image of your face is displayed on the screen, the individual characteristics of your nose can be “fine-tuned” and adjusted until both you and Dr. Kurkjian agree upon the procedural strategy that may most effectively help you attain your cosmetic and/or functional desires. In addition to helping you better visualize how the new nasal contour will look on your own face, VECTRA® imaging can provide confidence and peace of mind that you and Dr. Kurkjian are on the same page in regard to your treatment.

Once a custom-tailored surgical plan is in place, Dr. Kurkjian will discuss the procedural process in great detail and answer any questions you may have. Should you choose to move forward with treatment, he will then connect you with a member of our team to schedule your rhinoplasty surgery. Ultimately, it is Dr. Kurkjian’s goal to ensure a positive experience through strong communication and unmatched care, helping you to effectively address your concerns while achieving a more balanced and harmonious facial aesthetic with excellent results.

Rhinoplasty was a procedure that I had been looking to get done for many years, I was afraid of getting it done for many reasons ranging from the end results to the attitude of the Doctors and their staff. Dr. Kurkjian was the best choice after doing all my research, and I am glad I did hours of research. My first appointment took away most of my fears, the staff at his office is way beyond attentive and friendly, the offices are really clean and well maintained, they have the technology to show you on your first appointment how you will look after surgery. They take multiple pictures and they give you an idea of what you will look like after the procedure, which is amazing. They let you take all the time you need to call them back and let them know if you would like to go through with the plastic surgery. That being said, I am almost 5 weeks post op. I am as happy as I have ever been with myself, he did a really good job with my nose, and more importantly, he makes himself available at all times for any questions you may have, Dr. Kurkjian treats you like a patient and like a friend, I would recommend him to anyone looking to change or improve their appearance.

Rod Desrets

May 23, 2017


What Are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of the nose for an enhanced overall appearance. Listed below are some of the most common conditions that can generally be improved with rhinoplasty:

  • A bulbous tip
  • A boxy tip
  • A misaligned or crooked nose
  • A hump in the nasal bridge
  • A drooping nasal tip
  • Misshapen and/or disproportionately sized nostrils

In addition to addressing these aesthetic concerns, reconstructive nose surgery at our practice can also correct impaired breathing caused by a deviated nasal septum and other structural issues.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

There is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty, though most plastic surgeons recommend you should be over 16 years of age and should have achieved full facial growth prior to undergoing the procedure. Additional candidacy requirements include being a non-smoker (or having stopped smoking at least six weeks prior to surgery), being in good overall health with no existing medical conditions that may negatively impact healing, and having realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery. All of these requirements—and any further factors that may apply to your unique case—will be comprehensively discussed at the time of the consultation.

How Is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?

At our practice, Dr. Kurkjian offers open and closed rhinoplasty techniques, both of which are customized to the individual’s unique needs and goals. For open rhinoplasty, an incision is generally made in the vertical strip of the nose, enabling Dr. Kurkjian to separate the skin from the nasal framework underneath. In contrast, closed rhinoplasty is typically performed through the nostrils using small incisions located on the inside of the nose. With both methods, tissue, bone, and cartilage is carefully contoured and/or removed during surgery until an optimal outcome is attained. In rare cases, a cartilage graft taken from the rib and/or ear may be necessary for ideal results.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Often an excellent option for men and women of African, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, or other non-Caucasian descent, ethnic rhinoplasty requires a highly customized approach based on the unique nasal characteristics of the patient’s ethnicity. At our practice, Dr. Kurkjian performs ethnic rhinoplasty by reshaping and/or removing cartilage, bone, and tissue from the nose while carefully respecting and preserving distinctive features of the individual’s ethnic heritage. In many instances, he will also employ a diced cartilage fascia graft technique to augment the bridge of the nose. This advanced cartilage grafting method involves the use of septal or ear cartilage wrapped in fascia from the scalp to create a malleable and more natural implant made completely out of the patient’s own tissue.

Depending on the extent of the operation, all forms of rhinoplasty generally take approximately two to three hours to complete, and most patients are able to return home under the care and supervision of a friend or family member on the day of their procedure. Regardless of which technique is utilized, Dr. Kurkjian employs a meticulous surgical approach to help prevent excessive postsurgical discomfort, diminish recovery/downtime, and ensure any potential scarring is well concealed—if not invisible—once fully healed.

What Is Rhinoplasty Recovery Like?

Our goal is to provide every patient with individualized care and attention to make the rhinoplasty experience at our practice a safe, comfortable, and memorable one. A splint is typically placed on the skin to help protect the reshaped nose, which is removed along with any sutures approximately one week after surgery. Unlike traditional methods, Dr. Kurkjian does not “pack” the nose following the procedure, as this typically leads to significant postoperative discomfort. Our follow-up appointments are designed to monitor healing and help facilitate a quicker, smoother recovery. Initial swelling usually lessens within a week, and most patients feel comfortable returning to work about seven days after their procedure. The cosmetic outcome improves gradually, though it may take up to a year for the full results of your rhinoplasty to be evident.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

The average cost of primary rhinoplasty generally starts at $8,850, which includes fees for the plastic surgeon, anesthesia, and operating facility. Because the procedure is customized to meet the unique needs and goals of the individual, additional costs may be applied based on the complexity of the surgery. Depending on one’s plan, health insurance might provide partial or full coverage in the event rhinoplasty is being sought for medical reasons—e.g. breathing issues—and most practices offer plastic surgery financing options to help make treatment as affordable as possible for those covering the expense of out-of-pocket.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is considered one of the most complex plastic surgery procedures available, and as such, the final outcome may not always be satisfactory when surgery is performed by an inexperienced or unqualified physician. For individuals who are unhappy with the aesthetic or functional results of a previous nose surgery, Dr. Kurkjian performs revision (secondary) rhinoplasty—a procedure designed to resolve issues created and/or left unaddressed by a prior rhinoplasty. He was trained by internationally renowned secondary rhinoplasty surgeons during his time in Dallas and New York City, and he is experienced in achieving excellent results with high rates of patient satisfaction. To learn more about this secondary nasal treatment, please visit our page devoted to revision rhinoplasty.

Is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Possible?

In addition to surgical rhinoplasty, Dr. Kurkjian offers a procedure known as “liquid rhinoplasty” for individuals seeking to non-surgically enhance the appearance of their nose. This minimally invasive technique involves the use of injectables to recontour various nasal characteristics for an improved overall aesthetic. While the volumizing effects of injectables will wear off over time, patients can maintain an optimal outcome by receiving periodical touch-up treatments. For more information about this non-surgical method, please check out our page on liquid rhinoplasty.

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