Rhinoplasty is an aesthetic treatment performed to change the size and appearance of the nose. In addition, rhinoplasty can help repair a functional or breathing issue in many patients. Our team of specialists is experienced cosmetic nose and facial surgeons who perform rhinoplasty, taking a subtle approach to creating the most natural outcomes. Even though rhinoplasty consists of slight changes, results tend to be very dramatic. Cosmetic nose surgery at Plastic Surgery Vegas is recommended to make a nose appear smaller in size or to correct a nose that is wide, too large, or misshaped. The goal is to create a more aesthetically appealing nose that meets your goals and functions well. Contact our office in Las Vegas, NV to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
"Dr. Higgins is wonderful. Down to earth and an amazing sense of aesthetics. I have a really nice nose but it got slightly broken across the bridge when something fell on it. You couldn't see it in person but you could tell in photos. It made it slightly out of whack but it wasn't bad enough to have surgery. Still, I couldn't stand it. Dr. Higgins fixed it by putting "Filler" in the area where it looked funny in the photos. It looks just like it did before the breakage. He really took his time."- J.C. / Healthgrades / Aug 05, 2017
"Fat Transfer to Cheeks - Las Vegas, NV - My procedure will be on Thursday, August 29th at around 2:45pm. I have my medications (sedative, pain killers, antibiotics, and a steroid pack), my husband who will be my caregiver that day, and a healthy dose of skepticism.I've never focused on my cheeks until after my rhinoplasty in April; they say plastic surgery can be a slippery slope (although I only want to focus on skin texture after this procedure). My cheeks are hollow--they're non-existent and when I smile I can actually see a sunken in area where my 'cheeks' are suppose to be. So not only do I lack volume, it looks like I have actual depth where I shouldn't. I love the look of full, apple-like cheeks and have been desiring a more concentrated look in that particular area of my face.I am 22 years old and have had filler under my eyes (tear trough area), so I'm no stranger to hollowness. I figure without cheeks, any under eye circles I have will be more pronounced because there are no fatty cheeks to sustain my undereye area! I hope this procedure will mean less filler under my eyes.I am having this procedure under local anesthesia; meaning 1-2 oral nerve blocks, a sedative, and my experience with needles to the face before (juvederm, restylane, etc). I am scared about the procedure because they will have to harvest fat from my stomach (hopefully she can get enough), centrifuge/clean/do what they need to do, and then use a huge needle (fat is thicker than filler) in the cheek area. I've been instructed to take a second sedative pill if need be and I'm almost saying yes (and this is a few days before haha). I'm having this as an in-office procedure because I want to have better control over where she places the fat; this isn't a nose job or a tummy tuck. It is still a major event, but I believe I can handle it.My goal is to have full, cheeky cheeks without looking like a chipmunk. I say this because I want the fat to be injected only in the cheek area; I dislike that overfilled look some people can get. So by simply concentrating the fat in the cheek area, I can have a more contoured look.I have Bromelain and Arnica Montana to take following the procedure, as well as a tapering steroid pack to alleve any swelling. I took the week off and hope I can get back to normal, light activities (office work/school) quickly. I know the results may take months as the dust settles and the fat stays/reabsorbs, so I will take plenty of photos.I chose my own fat over filler because I know some of the fat injected will stay with me forever--even if it's 10% I would be happy (and typically filler can't do that--they're designed to dissolve). I love the idea that fat usually lasts longer, some of the fat you keep stays with you, and it can look more natural over time. Of course there are pros and cons to everything, so I hope ill be happy in the end.If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask."- H. / RealSelf / Aug 26, 2013
"Rhinoplasty. Las Vegas, NV - I went to Dr. Higgins for a rhinoplasty. I am a 45 year old male. Had a number of broken noses from playing sports. I also wanted volume reduction. He mostly does breast work, but was very confident in his abilities. His Dad had actually taken care of me for a broken kneecap a year before and did a great job with that. He is an orthopedic surgeon. The results are excellent. He told me that I would continue to see improvement even 2 years later and he was correct. It is interesting how long it takes for the final rhinoplasty results. My nose is nice and straight and much smaller. No breathing issues either. Only downside of the experience is that his office is always jam-packed with patients. Show up 30 minutes after your scheduled appointment time. They are always running behind."- D. / RealSelf / Jan 01, 2016
Is rhinoplasty for you?
Both men and women are candidates for cosmetic nose surgery. If you're displeased with the overall look of your nose and have specific concerns you wish to improve, enhance, or correct, this procedure may be the appropriate solution. It's very important that realistic expectations are understood as your facial appearance will be altered. In addition, facial growth and maturity should also be complete. This will be assessed during your consultation, even more so for individuals under 21.
Rhinoplasty is performed with the patient under sedation, such as general anesthesia, and is usually an outpatient surgery. This treatment offers different surgical techniques, depending on your concerns and functional issues. We perform rhinoplasty using either an open or closed (endonasal) approach. The goal during treatment is to remove excess cartilage, tissue, and bone, or to build and increase cartilage for a new shape. The nasal features are repositioned while the skin is re-draped over the newly enhanced framework. Sutures are positioned either on the inside portion of the nose or in the natural external fold.
Upon completion of your rhinoplasty, you will rest comfortably in the recovery space, and then our nurses will release you to recover at home. The nose will be bruised and swollen for a week or so. In almost all patients, there is some discoloration beneath the eyes in addition to the nose. Ice packs and prescription pain medication can assist with these effects. Your post-operative appointment will be scheduled within 72 hours following surgery to assess your healing progress. On average, it takes around 2 – 4 weeks to heal from nose surgery. Within this recovery phase, strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
Although rhinoplasty to improve your appearance is not paid by insurance, if your nose reshaping surgery is considered medically necessary to improve your breathing, some of your costs may be covered. If you may be using your insurance, please let us during your consultation. Our office will help you submit any needed paperwork and information to your insurance to process your claim.
Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
To smooth lumps and bumps on your nose, a wrinkle filler (like Juvéderm or Restylane) might be an option. A filler can temporarily improve minor imperfections, which might help you decide if you want to get a rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for larger changes, long-lasting results, and to improve the internal structure of the nose for better function.
What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is about improving the appearance of the nose while still keeping your cultural identity. This is often a concern if you are Asian, African-American, or Middle Eastern. During your consultation, you can talk about what you like about your nose and what you would like to change. This will allow us to customize your treatment plan to give you your best results.
Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Some patients think about combining nose surgery with another procedure, like cheek or chin augmentation. Combining surgeries for a dramatic result can be reviewed during your consultation. Once we understand your goals, we can help you choose which procedures should be in your custom plan. Rhinoplasty can help make your whole face look more balanced so you should wait to see your results before considering another procedure.
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Rhinoplasty is a great option to address the distaste you might feel when looking in the mirror at your facial profile. If you're dissatisfied with the size and shape of your nose or if you have breathing issues, rhinoplasty may help. Nose surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure with a very high success rate. Our team aims to improve your nose so your whole face looks more proportionate and attractive. Even minor tweaks can make an impressive difference. We encourage you to contact Plastic Surgery Vegas in Las Vegas, NV and schedule an appointment.