Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Nose surgery, technically called rhinoplasty, is consistently one of the top three most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures across the country. Rhinoplasty helps Scottsdale and Phoenix men and women achieve a more sculpted, better-proportioned nose that fits with the rest of their face.

Receive a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Robert Cohen or Dr. Steven Sigalove to learn more about rhinoplasty. Our facility is conveniently located for women and men living in Scottsdale, Tempe, Paradise Valley and other areas of Greater Phoenix.

The Cosmetic Significance of the Nose

Because the nose is situated in the middle of the face, it draws significant attention to itself and can detract from an otherwise attractive face. In addition to concerns regarding nasal appearance, many people have a deviated septum, in which the internal nose is out of position and can cause breathing problems. Both the outside and inside of the nose can be improved with plastic surgery.

An unattractive nose appearance can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes an unappealing shape can be genetic, while other times it can be a result of trauma or other external factors. Cosmetic issues can occur with the bridge of the nose, the width of the nose, the tip of the nose, or the nostrils. Because of this, before I perform rhinoplasty, I evaluate each patient's nose in detail, and communicate about desired outcomes.

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Natural Results for Rhinoplasty

Dr. Cohen performs rhinoplasty in Scottsdale for women and men who want to improve the appearance of their noses. Watch Video »

Natural Results for Rhinoplasty

Dr. Cohen performs rhinoplasty in Scottsdale for women and men who want to improve the appearance of their noses.

Results of Rhinoplasty

The days of the one-size-fits-all, "ski-slope" nose job are over. Rhinoplasty has become a refined procedure where multiple three-dimensional factors must be taken into consideration in order to produce a natural, aesthetically pleasing result. Additionally, the nose is not an isolated structure, but is rather an integral part of the face. Other facial structures, particularly the chin, can affect the relative appearance of the nose. I will often see a relatively large nose exaggerated by a "weak" or underdeveloped chin. In these cases, a nasal refinement combined with a chin implant can dramatically improve a patient's appearance.

Special Training and Experience in Rhinoplasty

During my residency at Dartmouth, I had the opportunity to participate not only in numerous rhinoplasty procedures, but in many nasal reconstructions as well. By rebuilding noses destroyed by skin cancer, or repairing noses warped by cleft lips and palates, I was able to truly understand the fundamental structures of a nose. Then, during my cosmetic surgery fellowship in Marina Del Rey, California, and subsequent training to become board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, I repeatedly applied these principles while aesthetically refining "normal" noses. This combination of experience in the latest reconstructive and cosmetic nasal surgery techniques was invaluable, and gave me the tools to treat the many variations of nasal problems that bother my cosmetic surgery patients.

Our Surgeons

Medical director Dr. Robert Cohen and his associates, Dr. Steven Sigalove and Dr. Josh Olson, are certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. These talented surgeons are leaders in the field of plastic surgery and the proof is in their results.

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Internal nasal problems, such a deviated septum, can also occur either naturally or as a result of trauma. The septum is a piece of cartilage that internally divides the right and left sides of the nose. If this cartilage is warped, or out of alignment, it affects the flow of air into the nose and can impair breathing (especially during exercise or sleep). In addition to the septum, bony structures called "turbinates" protrude into the internal nose. The turbinates normally help to humidify air, however, if they are too large, they can partially block airflow when breathing through the nose. With surgery, abnormal septal cartilage and oversized turbinates can be corrected, improving breathing and quality of life. Frequently, if requested, I can change the external appearance of the nose while simultaneously repairing the internal components during rhinoplasty. With particularly difficult internal nasal problems, I will sometimes refer patients to an ENT for further evaluation.

If you are interested in learning more about what to expect during the recovery process following rhinoplasty, I encourage you to read cosmetic surgery FAQs (frequently asked questions) about post-operative issues such as care for incisions, time away from work, and ability to engage in exercise and other activities.

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