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Rhinoplasty

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If you feel self-conscious about the size and shape of your nose, you may be considering rhinoplasty in Orange County. It is a very common and safe procedure that modifies the shape or size of your nose. It can be a slight or drastic change, depending on what you are looking for.

Whether you are bothered by your profile, want to remove a bump, narrow your bridge or change your nostril size, rhinoplasty can help. During rhinoplasty (also called a nose job), Dr. Daniel Reichner modifies the cartilage, bone, and/or soft tissue to achieve the patient’s desired results.

Rhinoplasty is a very popular procedure for people of every age. For teenagers, it is best to wait until the facial bones have stopped growing before doing a rhinoplasty.

Preparing for Rhinoplasty

During the consultation, Dr. Reichner will assess your medical history and current medical condition to determine if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Then, he will conduct a physical exam, along with some lab and blood tests.

Your nose will be photographed from several angles. These pictures will be used to evaluate the long-term results of the procedure. They may also be used as a reference during the surgery.

In the weeks before the surgery, avoid taking painkillers. These drugs reduce the ability to form blood clots and may lead to excessive bleeding during the surgery.

It is necessary to quit smoking before the procedure and during recovery to improve the healing process and avoid complications. Patients who smoke will have a difficult time healing. The nicotine constricts the blood vessels, leading to reduced circulation in the body and a prolonged recovery process.

After the preliminary assessment, Dr. Reichner will provide a list of instructions you must follow to prepare for the procedure, including the following:

  • Get button-down tops to avoid damaging your healing nose while taking off your shirt.
  • Do your laundry, especially your sheets, since you will have to remain in bed for a few days after the procedure.
  • Purchase foods that are easy to eat and digest.
  • Your lips will be dry after the procedure, so stock up on petroleum jelly or lip balm.
  • The night before the procedure, take a shower and remove all skin-care products.
  • Don’t drink or eat anything after midnight on the day of the surgery.
Rhinoplasty Before & After
Rhinoplasty Before & After

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The Rhinoplasty Procedure

During a nose job, local anesthesia is first applied to the nose to numb the area. Dr. Reichner will start by making tiny incisions inside the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty). Next, the skin is separated from the cartilage.

After this, bone, soft tissue, and/or cartilage is reshaped or removed as needed. If cartilage grafts are required to strengthen parts of the nose, they are created using cartilage from the patient’s septum, ear, or rib.

The length of the procedure depends on how complex your rhinoplasty is, though it usually takes between 3-4 hours. If you have breathing problems, we often address those during this procedure. The procedure is virtually painless, although you might experience some swelling and bruising. Dr. Reichner does beautiful noses. He pays attention to what you are looking for and knows whether or not he can achieve your goal.

The Recovery Process

In some cases, a metal or plastic splint may be placed inside the nose. This will help the new nose retain its shape during the healing process. Nasal splints or packs may be placed inside the nostrils to stabilize the septum.

After nasal surgery, the patient will rest in the recovery room for a few hours. Once they are cleared to return home, a friend or family member will drive them home while they recover from the effects of the anesthesia.

The recovery time and healing process after the rhinoplasty will depend on the patient, the extent of the procedure, and the type of rhinoplasty that was performed.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

During recovery, patients will need to take time off from their jobs until cleared to return. Additionally, they must avoid any activities that could potentially cause nasal trauma. Facial bruising and swelling will fade over time.

Patients will need to avoid blowing their nose during recovery unless absolutely necessary. In cases where it is necessary, very gentle blowing is recommended.

To minimize swelling and bleeding, patients must keep their heads elevated above their chest. Patients will need to return for a follow-up appointment in a week to ensure proper healing. Sutures may be removed at this time.

Rhinoplasty Cost

Most insurance plans don’t cover cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures. However, if you are undergoing rhinoplasty as a functional procedure, it may be partially or fully covered.

The price of cosmetic rhinoplasty is impacted by factors such as the total time required to perform the procedure, the techniques utilized, and anesthesia costs.

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Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation

As one of the most well-regarded plastic surgeons performing Rhinoplasty in Orange County, CA, Dr. Daniel Reichner is here to answer all your questions about Rhinoplasty. To confirm whether you are an ideal candidate for Rhinoplasty, contact us today to schedule your in-person consultation.

Your Rhinoplasty will be performed in Dr. Reichner’s surgery center located in Orange County, CA

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Aesthetic Society
  • American College of Surgeons

I highly recommend Dr. Reichner and his staff. I had a rhinoplasty, and I am extremely happy with the entire experience from the consultation to the post-op care. I had consultations with other plastic surgeons, but when I met with Dr. Reichner, I knew right away that he was the right surgeon for me. I was very happy with all of my pre-op appointments, but the day of surgery and my post-op care was exceptional. The surgical nurse for the surgery center where I had my procedure could not say enough about how well my surgery went. She told me more than once that she was so impressed by how much care Dr. Reichner took with every step of my surgery, and I know that she was telling the truth because I did not bruise under my eyes or very much at all on my nose, my swelling after surgery was minimal, and I had zero pain. Dr. Reichner also offers his patients lIght treatments twice a week for free to help with the healing process. I have been going twice a week and am healing great. This is not a service that is offered by all plastic surgeons, but Dr. Reichner and his staff truly want their patients to get the best results possible. I am currently a little over three weeks post-op, and I am very happy with my results. I love the look of my nose, and I can breathe so much better. I also can’t write a review without mentioning that Dominique at the front desk is amazing. She is kind, welcoming, very knowledgeable, and extremely communicative.
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