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Your nose is one of your most prominent facial features. Many men and women feel unhappy with the size, shape, or contours of their nose.

Rhinoplasty by Dr. Dennis Hurwitz offers a safe and effective solution. Dr. Hurwitz is an authority on plastic surgery. His expertise in the field means he can provide natural-looking aesthetic enhancements that help you feel completely confident in your appearance.* 

So why should you consider nose reshaping surgery?

Safe Treatment Offering Lifelong Benefits

How Does Rhinoplasty Work?

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Thousands of People Consider Nose Reshaping Each Year

Determining If Rhinoplasty Is Right for You

Nose reshaping surgery can address a wide range of cosmetic flaws and breathing issues. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hurwitz.

You may qualify for rhinoplasty if:

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Over 40 Years of Experience

Dr. Hurwitz has been performing plastic surgery since 1977. He is constantly striving to create new techniques and refine existing treatments to ensure his patients achieve beautiful results as comfortably and safely as possible.

At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, we perform most of our surgeries in our state-of-the-art surgical clinic. We also offer a comprehensive recovery program in our comfortable, relaxing medical spa to help you maximize the results of your treatment.

But what exactly happens during rhinoplasty?

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What to Expect on the Day of Treatment

On the day of your rhinoplasty procedure, we will provide anesthesia and sedation to ensure your comfort.

Then, Dr. Hurwitz will:

  1. Create incisions either inside the nose (closed rhinoplasty) or outside the nose (open rhinoplasty)
  2. Reduce or augment the bone and cartilage to adjust the shape of the nose
  3. Close the incisions

The specifics of your procedure will depend on the type of procedure you choose and the extent of the changes you wish to make.

Take a Closer Look at the Nose Reshaping Process

Lasting Results

The initial swelling from your nose reshaping surgery will take a few weeks to subside. Over the next year, you may notice subtle changes in the appearance of your nose. This refinement process will eventually reveal your permanent results.

The changes made during rhinoplasty are relatively permanent. You may experience some changes to your facial features as you age. However, a healthy lifestyle and consistent sun protection can help extend the results of your procedure.

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Rhinoplasty Recovery

The Basics

Patients can typically resume normal activities within one to two weeks following their rhinoplasty surgery, with a full recovery typically occurring after approximately one month. During a pre-surgical evaluation, Dr. Hurwitz will answer any questions you may have about the procedure, and carefully explain what to expect during your rhinoplasty recovery.

He will also provide you with a list of post-operative instructions to follow to assist you with your recovery. These are not simply suggestions, and they should be diligently followed to help you avoid complications. Your results can completely depend on how closely you follow these instructions.

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Patients can typically resume normal activities within one to two weeks, with a full recovery occurring after one month.

Immediately following Surgery

Like many other facial cosmetic procedures, rhinoplasty is considered an outpatient surgery, so you will be able to return home the same day. Due to the nature of the procedure, you will need to have someone drive you to and from the surgery.

Immediately following the procedure, you will likely feel groggy and nauseous. As the anesthesia wears off, you may also experience some soreness and pressure in your face. This is completely normal. Taking your medications as directed and resting with your head elevated can help alleviate any discomfort. We also recommend applying a soft ice pack to reduce swelling. Other side effects can include headaches, swelling, and nosebleeds.

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Week One of Recovery

During your first week, extensive bruising is normal. Keeping your head elevated when resting can help reduce these effects. It is imperative that you do not blow or try to breathe through your nose as it could disrupt the incisions. Your nose will likely be packed with gauze or other materials to hold the surgical site in place and to reduce any bleeding. Dr. Hurwitz will remove any non-dissolvable sutures, splints, and nasal packing approximately seven to 10 days after surgery. 

Although light walking is encouraged to promote healthy blood flow, all strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks. This includes heavy lifting, bending over, or any activity that would cause overexertion. You will also need to avoid wearing eyeglasses of any kind as the added pressure could disrupt the treatment area.

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Week Two of Recovery and Beyond

As the swelling and bruising subsides, most patients feel comfortable returning to work and normal activities by this time. Some physical activity can also be resumed. However, any activity that could result in injury to the face, such as contact sports, should be avoided for at least eight weeks.

It is not uncommon to experience some numbness and tingling around your nose throughout your recovery. This will continue to subside as your nose heals. Although you may notice a vast improvement in the appearance of your nose, it could take up a to a year or more to enjoy the final results.

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Helpful Tips to Follow during Your Recovery

Certain guidelines can help assist you in your recovery:

  • Rest as much as possible during the first few days, being mindful of keeping your head elevated. Overexertion could cause a delay in your recovery.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks and contact sports for eight weeks.
  • Be aware of signs of infection, such as increased pain, excessive bleeding, redness, and fever. Contact our office right away if you notice any of these symptoms.
  • Have a loved one assist you for the first few days of your recovery.
  • Avoid bumping or touching your nose for the first two weeks.
  • Take medications as prescribed to reduce pain.
  • Don’t skip your follow-up appointments at our practice.

Advanced Technology for Incredible Results

3D Imaging Technology

At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, we use advanced tools, including our 3-D imaging system, to perform precise surgeries and achieve excellent results.

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Types of Rhinoplasty

There are several different types of rhinoplasty performed to achieve a range of goals:

  • Reduction Rhinoplasty: In this very commonly performed procedure, Dr. Hurwitz will remove small amounts of bone and cartilage to achieve your desired appearance. Reduction rhinoplasty can address bumps on the bridge of the nose, elongated nasal tips, and flared nostrils.
  • Augmentation Rhinoplasty: Another very common procedure, augmentation rhinoplasty is accomplished by performing bone and tissue grafts to build up the nasal tip or bridge. Typically, Dr. Hurwitz will use tissue from other parts of the nose, but can use tissue from other areas of the body, or synthetic material, as well.
  • Post-Traumatic Rhinoplasty: This procedure is performed to help patients who have experienced an injury to the nose achieve restored function and aesthetics. 
  • Reconstructive Rhinoplasty: For patients who have lost all or part of their nose to skin cancer or trauma, our surgeons can rebuild the nose using skin and bone grafts. This can be a very complex procedure, and may require multiple surgeries over several months.
  • Rhinoplasty for Breathing Issues: Dr. Hurwitz can perform specialized surgeries for adolescents and adults suffering from breathing difficulties. We take special care during these rhinoplasty procedures to preserve the patient's unique features. 

Patients often choose to combine rhinoplasty with other procedures such as a brow lift or chin implant surgery to create a more dramatic aesthetic enhancement.

Is rhinoplasty my only choice?

Explore Your Options

Making an Informed Decision

Before recommending nose reshaping surgery, Dr. Hurwitz will meet with you to discuss your goals and explain the options available to you. While rhinoplasty is typically the best option for patients who want to dramatically modify their nose, we also offer non-surgical options.

Dermal fillers can improve the shape of your nose if there are certain areas which have been affected by injury, a crooked tip, or a flattened bridge. However, a filler cannot reduce the size of your nose or improve your breathing. In addition, fillers are a temporary solution and require periodic retreatment.

Woman undergoing rhinoplasty consultation

Dr. Hurwitz did a fantastic job on my rhinoplasty.  He listened to my concerns and the staff is very kind. His wife did my surgical coordination and she was very good about easing me through my concerns about having surgery since I had never been under before. It was worth the 2 hour travel to have quality care.

Adrienne M.

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For over 40 years, Dr. Hurwitz has constantly sought to improve existing procedures and create new treatments to ensure his patients receive the results they deserve as safely and comfortably as possible

For more information about treatment at Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, contact our office online or call (412) 802-6100 today.

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I honestly never thought of myself as a serious candidate for elective surgery ... but I’m already feeling and looking so much better.* Jill's Story

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