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What is Rhinoplasty?

The nose is the very center of the face, making it an important facial feature. Rhinoplasty in Grand Rapids, Michigan, can enhance various aspects of your nose, and can improve your overall appearance. Whether you’re looking to make your nose smaller, correct crookedness, or change other aspects of your nose, a rhinoplasty can help improve your self-image. At Partners in Plastic Surgery of West Michigan, our experienced plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty for both women and men.

Dr. Dennis Hammond and Dr. Andrea Van Pelt understand that every case is unique and strive to give you exceptional personal care. We have extensive experience performing nose surgery, have board-certified anesthesiologists on staff, and perform surgeries in our fully accredited facility. If you would like to learn more about our practice in Michigan and how rhinoplasty can improve your appearance, request a consultation online or call us at (616) 464-4420.

Rhinoplasty Before & After Photos

This woman got rhinoplasty to flatten the hump in the bridge of her nose and refine the tip. See more cases like this one in our before-and-after photo gallery of real rhinoplasty patients.

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Rhinoplasty Benefits

Dr. Hammond, Dr. Van Pelt, and Dr. Kath are skilled plastic surgeons who perform rhinoplasty to improve many attributes of the nose. Your surgeon will compare your nose with your other facial features and create a look that’s tailored to you. Nose surgery can also correct a deviated septum (which often obstructs breathing); however, this procedure is not considered cosmetic.

Cosmetic Benefits:

  • Symmetry
  • Width
  • Size
  • Profile
  • Nostrils
  • Nasal tip

Medical Benefits:

  • Deviated Septum

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Rhinoplasty Procedure

Nasal surgery is performed using an “open” or “closed” procedure. For a closed procedure the incisions are hidden inside the nostrils. When performing an open procedure, the surgeon makes the incision across the columella (the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils). After making the incisions, the surgeon raises the soft tissue and reshapes the nose. Once the nose is reshaped, the tissue is redraped and the incisions are closed.

Certain rhinoplasty patients may also benefit from chin augmentation for a more attractive and balanced profile.

Recovery & Results

After your rhinoplasty, splints or internal tubes may be necessary to help healing, particularly during the first week. For the next few weeks, initial swelling will subside, and your nasal contour will become more refined. It is important to protect your nose from any injury due to physical activity for 4 to 6 months after the procedure. The results of a rhinoplasty are generally long lasting, and many women and men report that they are pleased with their new look.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

The plastic surgeons at Partners in Plastic Surgery understand how nose reshaping surgery, called rhinoplasty, can enhance the overall appearance of the face. They have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from the women and men who visit them in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for rhinoplasty.

What is the minimum age for rhinoplasty?
Do I need open or closed rhinoplasty?
What is "functional" rhinoplasty?
Will I be in pain?
What can I do to make my recovery easier after rhinoplasty?
How much time will I need to take off work after rhinoplasty?
Will it be obvious that I've had nose surgery?

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