Why Rhinoplasty?

The physical and psychological reasons to choose rhinoplasty.

Ever look in the mirror and wish your nose was smaller, straighter, or different in any other way? You’re not alone. For many people, the nose is a source of embarrassment, poor self-esteem, and anxiety. For others, it’s simply difficult to breathe due to structural problems. Either way, you don’t have to let your quality of life suffer because of the appearance or function of your nose.

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is the surgical solution that can reshape your nose, improve breathing and reduce congestion, and boost your confidence. All rhinoplasty procedures are performed by Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS, or Renata Khelemsky, MD.

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Do I Need a Nose Job or Revision Rhinoplasty?

Improve your entire facial aesthetic.

If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty can help you achieve the look you want, whether that’s a larger, smaller, or straighter nose. If you suffer from severe congestion or discomfort from your nose, rhinoplasty may help make breathing easier. 

If you’ve already undergone rhinoplasty one or more times, but are not satisfied with the results, you may be a good candidate for revision rhinoplasty, too. The best way to determine if rhinoplasty makes sense for you and your goals is to talk with Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky.

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Rhinoplasty Benefits

A nose job that fits your aesthetic and medical needs.

By refining and reshaping the nose, rhinoplasty can have both functional and cosmetic benefits. You may experience more efficient and easier breathing, reduced congestion, and increased comfort. Rhinoplasty can also boost your self-esteem by improving not just your nose itself, but your overall facial aesthetic.

Common issues patients seek to correct include:

  • Overly large, wide, or small noses
  • Nasal bumps or humps on the bridge
  • Crooked or misshapen noses
  • Poorly defined noses 
  • Uneven nostrils
  • Deviated septums or enlarged turbinates (the bones, vessels, and tissue within your nasal passageway)

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Rhinoplasty Procedure

Your safety and comfort is our top priority.

Rhinoplasty procedures are only performed in state-licensed, nationally accredited Ambulatory Surgery Centers alongside an anesthesiologist.

Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky will make incisions either externally between the nostrils (“open” rhinoplasty) or internally, concealed within the nose (“closed” rhinoplasty). The chosen technique depends on your needs and will be discussed prior to surgery. Your facial plastic surgeon will also reshape your cartilage, carving and resetting bones as needed, and using cartilage grafts to change the bone structure.

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Rhinoplasty Recovery

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

You will have a splint on your nose the first few days to ensure it heals properly, but most patients quickly return to work and routine activities with a combination of medication, ice packs, and rest. 

Initial swelling subsides quickly, though you may notice fullness continues to decline over several months. Though you can return to normal activities, you’ll still need to take precautions like sleeping with your head elevated to promote optimal healing.

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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.”  

–Ashley 

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Before and After Photos

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Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

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Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

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RHINOPLASTY FAQ

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 brings his patients only 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, and damage to the nasal septum or skin and failure to achieve a satisfactory aesthetic result.

 

Are there nonsurgical 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 can discuss this procedure 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 less scary than it sounds and allows the nose to heal in the proper shape. All techniques to be used will be discussed prior to the procedure.

Can I wear glasses after surgery?

Glasses put pressure on the nasal bridge and usually cannot be worn during the initial recovery period. Dr. Clevens will give you options for 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 extremely 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 15-17 in girls and 17-19 in boys. This is why many surgeons won’t operate on people younger than 15-17, even with parental permission. It is best to wait until you and your surgeon are absolutely sure the nose has finished growing.

Will there be any scarring?

Open rhinoplasty produces a very small scar that typically fades very 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 prior to 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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