What Is Rhinoplasty?

There are physical and psychological reasons to choose rhinoplasty. 

Rhinoplasty is often the chosen solution for an unflattering nose or problematic nasal structure. Clevens Face and Body Specialists perform rhinoplasty procedures in Melbourne and Merritt Island, FL to help permanently reshape your nose, improve breathing, and reduce congestion. Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Renata Khelemsky, MD, and our facial plastic surgery team have extensive experience performing rhinoplasty procedures.

These highly-accredited nasal plastic surgeons will improve the shape and contour of your nose, providing the attention needed to balance your new nose with the unique features of your face. Contact us for a consultation.


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Do I Need a Nose Job or Revision Rhinoplasty?

Improve your entire facial aesthetic.

Rhinoplasty surgery is best for someone with realistic goals in mind, and a person who understands the procedure changes the appearance of your face. Rhinoplasty can help you get a refined, smaller, or straighter nose.

If you suffer from severe congestion or discomfort from your nose, rhinoplasty may help make breathing easier and help your sinuses function better. We recommend revision rhinoplasty if you aren't happy with your initial procedure. It's important to remember it's more challenging to achieve desired results due to less cartilage after excisions from your initial rhinoplasty.

We perform rhinoplasty on patients of all ages if they have a fully developed nose. Our exemplary rhinoplasty doctors will meet with you to determine if you're the perfect candidate for revision rhinoplasty or a nose job. 


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What Are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?

A nose job that fits your aesthetic and medical needs.

Rhinoplasty provides both functional and cosmetic benefits by helping boost confidence and reduce congestion. Common issues patients seek to correct include:

  • Overly large, wide, or small noses
  • Nasal bumps or humps on the bridge
  • Sinus issues
  • Crooked or misshapen noses
  • Poorly defined noses 
  • Uneven nostrils
  • Deviated septum or 
  • Enlarged turbinates 

Watch Dr. Khelemsky explain the benefits of rhinoplasty surgery. 


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How Is Rhinoplasty Performed?

Your safety and comfort are our top priority.

Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky help each patient through a consultation process to determine rhinoplasty goals and find the best options for their needs. We perform rhinoplasty surgery at our licensed, nationally accredited Ambulatory Surgery Centers. After anesthesia, we'll make incisions either externally between the nostrils or internally concealed within the nose.

The chosen technique depends on your needs and will be discussed before surgery with your best interest in mind. After your incisions, we'll reshape the cartilage and bone in your nose using a variety of soft tissue grafts and cartilage. Our goal is to provide the perfect structure for your face while allowing your soft tissue and skin to settle naturally. 

A successful rhinoplasty surgery consists of several steps: 

  1. You will undergo a one-on-one detailed and unhurried consultation with Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky.
  2. On the day of the surgery, anesthesia or sedation will be administered for your comfort and safety.
  3. The incision is made (open vs. closed).
  4. The skin is raised from the incisions allowing the surgeon to restructure the nose. 
  5. Your nasal plastic surgeon will also reshape your cartilage, carving, and resetting bones as needed, and using cartilage grafts to change the bone structure. 
  6. Any raised skin is lowered, and the incisions are closed.
  7. Tape and a custom plastic splint are gently applied to maintain the shape of your new nose as it heals. 


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What Is the Recovery From Rhinoplasty Like?

Return to your day-to-day activities in seven to 10 days.

Rhinoplasty recovery time varies from patient to patient. You can generally expect to return to work or school in about 10 days. We'll place a splint on your nose and recommend refraining from high activity levels the first week.

You'll have prescription medication to ease any discomfort and need to take precautions like sleeping with your head elevated to promote optimal healing. You may experience some bruising and fullness following your rhinoplasty. We use natural healing serums and TXA (tranexamic acid) during rhinoplasty to lower bruising as much as possible. 

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Contact Clevens Face and Body Specialists

Contact Clevens Face and Body Specialists to schedule a private and comprehensive consultation for a rhinoplasty procedure. If you're unhappy with the look of your nose or have trouble breathing due to a deviated septum, our experienced surgical team can help you. Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ross Clevens is Ivy League trained and has practiced in Brevard County, Florida for over 25 years. Schedule your cosmetic consultation at our Melbourne or Merritt Island, Florida office. We're conveniently located just an hour east of the Orlando and Central Florida area near the Space Coast beaches.

What Our Patients Say

Hear from one of our rhinoplasty patients.

“I am very happy with my results. I don't think I could be happier. I'm a completely different person. I didn't like looking in the mirror every day when I woke up, and now I'm still surprised when I look in the mirror [by] how nice my nose looks.”  


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What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

Since rhinoplasty is typically an elective procedure, it is performed only under the safest conditions. To ensure your safety and comfort, Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khlemensky bring their patients to a fully accredited ambulatory surgery center with physician anesthesiologists. However, it does carry some risk, as all surgeries do. Rare risks and complications can include bleeding, infection, scarring, anesthesia complications, nasal blockages, damage to the nasal septum or skin, and failure to achieve a satisfactory aesthetic result. The vast majority of our patients are pleased, and we specialize in correcting rhinoplasty that has not been performed properly elsewhere. 


Are there non-surgical options for rhinoplasty?

Surgery is the only long-lasting option for rhinoplasty. However, injectable fillers can provide temporary improvement and may be appropriate for some patients. Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khlemensky can discuss the ‘Liquid Rhinoplasty’ with you if you are interested. 

Will my bones need to be broken during the surgery?

The nasal bones are often carved, reshaped, or reset, depending on your goals for surgery. Don’t worry—this process is far less scary than it sounds and allows the nose to heal in the proper shape. All techniques to be used will be discussed before the procedure.

Can I wear glasses after surgery?

This is a very common concern. Glasses put pressure on the nasal bridge and usually cannot be worn during the initial recovery period. Dr. Clevens will help you find options for correcting your vision during this time.

When will I see the final results of my rhinoplasty?

After the first few months, most of the swelling will have subsided, and no one will notice it, though the “final” results will not be apparent for about a year when the last of the swelling resolves. The final results should be natural looking and long lasting.

Why should I choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon?

Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure and should only be performed by a highly trained, board-certified surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery rather than plastic surgery in general. Choosing the right surgeon will help set you up for a successful procedure.

What is the right age for rhinoplasty?

The nose generally stops growing and changing at around age 15 to 17 for girls and 17 to 19 for boys; this is why many surgeons won’t operate on people younger than 15, even with parental permission. It is best to wait until you and your surgeon have complete confidence the nose has finished growing.

Will there be any scarring?

Open rhinoplasty produces a very small scar that is truly negligible and typically fades exceptionally well. No one but you should be able to notice it. Closed rhinoplasty produces scarring that will not be visible externally. Noticeable scarring is a very rare occurrence in rhinoplasty.

Can rhinoplasty change my voice?

Though it is extremely rare, the surgery can sometimes change the sound and tone of the voice. If you are a singer, voice actor, or otherwise use your voice professionally, be sure to discuss this concern before scheduling your surgery.

Meet the Team

Your team is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS. Dr. Clevens, who trained at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Michigan, has practiced in Brevard County for more than 20 years. All providers are specialists, focusing solely on treatments in their area of expertise.

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Take the first step toward making your rhinoplasty a reality: Meet with Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky and their team.

Your consultation begins with you discussing your reasons for pursuing rhinoplasty. Many patients bring photos to the consultation to show noses they do and don’t like. Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky will evaluate your nose and make suggestions for achieving your desired results. Your consultation is focused on designing a custom procedure that meets your needs, and answering all of your questions so you feel comfortable and know what to expect.

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