Rhinoplasty

Nose reshaping is often considered the most difficult cosmetic surgery to do well. Because the procedure is offered by many, a patient must be extremely careful when choosing a doctor; not every surgeon is capable of creating consistent and harmonizing facial results in rhinoplasty. At L&P Aesthetics in Palo Alto, our double board-certified facial plastic surgeons create exceptional rhinoplasty (or “nose job”) results for patients from San Jose, Sunnyvale, Redwood City, and throughout the Bay Area.

Rhinoplasty
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Neck Lift and Rhinoplasty for Lovely Woman

Deep plane face and neck lift, subnasal lip lift, and a rhinoplasty for a stunning patient!
Rhinoplasty Case 50 Before & After Front | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery

This 18-year-old San Francisco Bay Area college student consulted with Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Parikh to discuss her nose. She stated that her nose had always bothered her and “felt attention was directed right to my nose because it was crooked and was a large feature on my face.” She hated taking pictures because she felt her nose stole attention... Read More
Rhinoplasty Case 53 Before & After Front | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery

This 27-year-old woman from San Jose came to Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Parikh interested in changing the shape of her nose and improving her breathing through rhinoplasty nose surgery. She had suffered from nasal obstruction for many years, but always felt that if she were going to have surgery on her nose, she would also like to improve its appearance.... Read More
Rhinoplasty Case 48 Before & After Front | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Beautiful Nose After Nose Job

This beautiful patient from the San Francisco Bay Area wanted to get rid of the hump on her nose but she didn't want the procedure to change overall way that she looked. Drs. Lieberman and Parikh listened to her concerns and were able to give her the straight. nose that she always wanted without affecting her overall appearance. Read More
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Rhinoplasty

This young beauty had a big change on her nose but with a very soft natural look. 
Rhinoplasty Case 51 Before & After Left Side | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Rhinoplasty for Young Woman

Rhinoplasty for a lovely young woman. 
Rhinoplasty Case 57 Before & After Front | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery

Having always been self-conscious about the way her nose looked, our medical assistant from San Jose decided to proceed with a rhinoplasty by Drs. Lieberman and Parikh. She loves her results, and says that she is not self-conscious anymore and no longer fears looking people in the eye.  Read More
Rhinoplasty Case 54 Before & After Front | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery

This 39-year-old from Los Gatos presented at our Palo Alto office with a long-term history of breathing problems. She was also interested in making some changes to the shape of her nose. For her, it was extremely important that any change to the external appearance look natural and harmonize with her other features and the general shape of her face.... Read More
Rhinoplasty Case 52 Before & After Right Oblique | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Rhinoplasty to Reduce Length

After not liking the way she looked for as long as she could remember, this young woman from Milpitas came to see Drs. Lieberman and Parikh for a natural-looking nose job. She got exactly what she wanted.
Rhinoplasty Case 56 Before & After Front | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery

Since birth, this 22-year old female from Los Gatos had experienced severe nasal obstruction. As she grew up and her face developed, the lack of support of her nasal tip caused the nose to droop and become crooked. For many years, she had thought about doing something to improve the appearance and function of her nose. Following her consultation,... Read More
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Case #120

This young beauty is just four months after rhinoplasty. We always remind patients that at 4 months there is still quite a bit of swelling and stiffness in the nose that will continue to resolve over the entire first year. However, even at this early stage, the subtle changes of a natural rhinoplasty bring such balance and softness to an already... Read More
Rhinoplasty, Chin Implant, L&P Midline Necklift
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One Year Before/After. Rhinoplasty, Chin Implant, L&P Midline Neck Lift

This young woman is one year out from a rhinoplasty and jaw line contouring. She is stunning regardless. Combining conservative chin augmentation and a L&P Midline Neck Lift with a nasal contouring surgery is always a powerful re-balancing of facial aesthetics.Slow reduction of swelling in the nose after surgery is  an essential part... Read More
Rhinoplasty Case 49 Before & After Left Side | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Beautiful New Nose

New nose after a Rhinoplasty for this beauty. 
Rhinoplasty Case 55 Before & After Front | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Male Rhinoplasty

This 20 year old college student came to our Palo Alto office with nasal obstruction and a crooked nose. Before heading back to school, he wanted to have surgery to improve his breathing and address the external shape of the nose. It was very important to the patient to maintain a masculine nose but to address some of the asymmetries that bothered... Read More
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Revision Rhinoplasty

This young San Francisco Bay Area female had undergone a Rhinoplasty in the past and was unhappy with the results. She felt that the nose looked crooked and out of proportion to the rest of her face. Its tip looked rounded, and she desired a more feminine relationship between the bridge and the tip of the nose. We proceeded with a revision Rhinoplasty.... Read More
Rhinoplasty Case 59 Before & After Front | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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More Feminine Nose with Rhinoplasty

This beautiful patient came to Drs. Lieberman and Parikh because she wanted a more feminine nose, so Drs. L&P performed a rhinoplasty that focused on the angles and shape. The patient is thrilled with the results, and how her nose now naturally blends with the other freatures of her face.  Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Many patients have written to us after their procedure describing how difficult it was before their nose surgery to always use the same pose for each picture to minimize attention to their nose. One patient wrote, “Thank you so much for my new nose! I no longer feel self-conscious when someone takes a photograph from the side. I love the way it looks in pictures!”

A good rhinoplasty addresses these concerns, leaving a nose that draws no particular attention to itself but allows all of the beautiful features of the face to shine in harmony. A nose should blend into the rest of a face, not drawing attention to it, but allowing an observer’s gaze to be drawn to the eyes, the lips, and the contour of the jaw.

The beauty of the nose comes from its complex appearance. If you look closely at a nose you think “fits” a face, take note of why. A “good” nose is proportional to the surrounding features. It is a blend of shadows and highlights, angles and contours. Making a bad nose look good is often a change of millimeters, sometimes even just reducing an unnatural shadow.

What Is the Ideal Nose?

To create a balanced nose, Drs. Lieberman and Parikh take numerous proportions and angles into account, all of which have been developed by aesthetic medical experts over hundreds of years. The idealized nose includes a straight nasal dorsum, a moderately projecting nasal tip, and a small dip in the nasal vault. The doctors’ carefully planned rhinoplasty will produce a nose that harmonizes with surrounding facial features and its own elements.

We understand how important it is to create harmony in the face and know how much work it takes to affect even a subtle change in the nose. We have a combined 15 years of surgical and advanced fellowship training dedicated to the face and neck. Our experience and partnership model allow us to deliver a consistent and reliable result. Correction of even minor nasal deformities via rhinoplasty, using techniques that may shift tissues by a matter of mere millimeters, can nonetheless have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.

Diagram of a balanced nose
The Ideal Nose: To create a balanced nose, Drs. Lieberman and Parikh take numerous proportions and angles into account, all of which have been developed by aesthetic medical experts over hundreds of years. The idealized nose includes a straight nasal dorsum, a moderately projecting nasal tip, and a small dip in the nasal vault. The doctors’ carefully planned rhinoplasty will produce a nose that harmonizes with surrounding facial features and its own elements.

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty Surgery? Who Gets a Nose Job?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic operations performed on the face. Common reasons patients cite for choosing rhinoplasty include:

  • Correcting a high dorsum (hump on the bridge of the nose)
  • Reducing the overall size of a nose
  • Straightening a crooked nose
  • Lifting a droopy tip
  • Bringing the tip closer to the face
  • Refining a rounded tip
  • Narrowing a wide nose
  • Lengthening a short nose

This list does not even include the large number of patients who also want to breathe better through one or both sides of their nose. Nasal airway management is a crucial component of rhinoplasty. Only a surgeon who is experienced in nasal airway surgery can maintain or improve a nasal airway while making changes to the external appearance of the nose.

Selecting the right candidate for any surgery, not just rhinoplasty, is an important part of every consultation. The overall goal is to create an aesthetic facial balance and bring about natural harmony.

Patients considering rhinoplasty surgery should avoid smoking in the weeks prior to their scheduled appointment, as smoking impedes proper oxygen flow throughout the body, and such flow is important for healing and recovery.

What Happens During a Rhinoplasty Consultation?

A consultation for rhinoplasty includes a comprehensive overview of your medical history and an examination of the external and internal anatomy of the nose. We will spend time discussing your desires and expectations about such a change, and we will use cutting-edge software to help communicate your goals. We will take detailed pictures of your nose from several different angles.

We feel that digital morphing software is crucial in understanding how rhinoplasty patients want their nose to look so that the nose surgery is customized to each patient. The digital morphing is important because it gives patients an opportunity to communicate their aesthetic desires and allows us to develop a customized treatment plan. The morphed images are used as a guide during rhinoplasty surgery.

Will I Get the Nose I Want With Rhinoplasty?

Patients are free to bring in photos of examples of noses they like in terms or size, shape, or proportion for reference. This can be helpful in communicating an idea of an end goal, but we emphasize that what looks good on one face might not work aesthetically on another. The key with rhinoplasty is to remember that we work with each person so that the nose harmonizes with all of the other features and “works” for the individual.

As facial specialists, we take a variety of elements into account, including how well the nose fits in the middle third of the face when viewed from top to bottom, its width, the angle where the nose meets the forehead, the angle and shape of the nasal tip, the size and shape of the nostrils, the presence or absence of a “nasal hump,” how all of these interact with each other, how all of these interact with other parts of the face, and more.

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How Is Rhinoplasty Surgery Performed?

There is no single, “one-size-fits-all” approach to rhinoplasty. Each patient’s needs are unique, so the surgical methods we use will depend on the size and shape of the existing nose, as well as other factors, including the proportions of the rest of the face and the desired final outcome.

We use either the external (“open”) or endonasal (“closed”) approach when performing rhinoplasty.

Open Rhinoplasty

During the “open” technique, a small external incision is made on the columella (tissue between the right and left nostrils) to gain access to the interior of the nose. The incision placement allows us to expose the nasal framework and offers a clear line of sight directly into the targeted structures. This can be very beneficial, particularly in complex or involved rhinoplasty surgeries, as everything is available at once. Every effort is made to keep the healed incision line as inconspicuous as possible, and many patients find that the line is barely noticeable, even if you know where to look.

Closed Rhinoplasty

The open approach is in contrast to a “closed” rhinoplasty, in which all incisions are made entirely within the nasal interior. Most obviously, this method avoids any potential of a visible scar, though it also limits viewing options into the nasal framework.

At the initial consultation, we’ll discuss which technique will be used. This will be determined based on which approach will allow us to best reshape the nasal cartilage, bones, and soft tissue to obtain the most precise and predictable result.

The septum is typically the source for all grafting material needed to create contour and definition in the nose. For revision rhinoplasty, grafting material is occasionally taken from the ear or rib. If there is even a chance of using this material, we will review it with you in detail during the initial consultation. We always want patients to feel comfortable with the plan, so we aim to avoid surprises.

What Should I Expect on the Day of My Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Rhinoplasty is performed either under deep sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the procedure’s specifics. We are extremely selective in which anesthesia group we choose, as patient safety is the most important component of the entire process. We only work with board-certified anesthesiologists who specialize in cosmetic surgery. The procedure can take 2 to 4 hours, depending on the complexity of the case and whether a revision rhinoplasty is being performed.

How Is Revision Rhinoplasty Different?

When people talk about getting a “nose job,” they are typically referring to rhinoplasty, as work done during the surgery changes the appearance of their natural nose. This procedure can reduce its size, alter its shape, and balance its proportions.

While all of these benefits can also be a part of revision rhinoplasty, that term is most often used to describe a surgery being done to correct a nose that has been aesthetically changed by prior surgery or trauma. Physical damage can disrupt symmetry, create bulges where there weren’t any before, and more, all of which can be corrected by experienced, facial-focused plastic surgeons who understand how a nose should look in the context of the rest of the face.

Patients who have had lesions removed due to skin cancer treatment, leading to an undesired visual impact on their nose, can also talk to us about skin cancer reconstruction. This is not uncommon, since skin cancer is most likely to appear on the face, and the nose is a prominent feature where cancers can develop. Some skin cancer treatment specialists can also make aesthetic repairs during the removal process, but involved cases are often referred to facial experts who have considerable knowledge of the most current surgical and minimally invasive techniques available.

What Should I Expect After My Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty Recovery

SUTURE REMOVAL
3 days (if present)
CAST REMOVAL
7 days
RETURN TO WORK
1-2 weeks
75% RECOVERY
3-6 months
100% RECOVERY
1 year

Our philosophy is to see you early and often after surgery. So many questions arise in the first 2 weeks following any surgery that we believe setting up a series of appointments for that time period should ease any anxiety a patient may have about the recovery process. If sutures are present, they are removed 3 days after surgery. Finally, the cast is removed 7 days after surgery.

During that first week of rhinoplasty recovery, you will be encouraged to keep your head higher than your chest, even when you’re settling in to rest. This will reduce swelling.

Our core objective is to provide a safe, comfortable surgical experience that aspires to restore your appearance and aims to produce natural results. Keep in mind, though, that each patient’s rhinoplasty is his or her own. We do not re-create other people’s noses, but instead, shape our patients’ own noses to best suit their faces.

To see what the aftercare for your rhinoplasty will be like, check out this video for step-by-step instructions.

What Can Complement Rhinoplasty?

Since a key element in a successful rhinoplasty is balance, the surgery often prompts patients to think more about their facial aesthetics as a whole.

Once their nose has healed properly, some people choose to get an aesthetic treatment, such as skin resurfacing via lasers, chemical peels, or dermabrasion to reduce their pore size and sunspots, and even out their skin tone.

On a more involved level, some rhinoplasty patients want other facial features to structurally change as well. A chin augmentation, for instance, can help create a more dramatic difference by reshaping that area for a bolder, rejuvenated look. This can be a long-lasting, surgical choice, or can be handled with minimally invasive and temporary dermal fillers, such as JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® or RADIESSE®.

Other available procedures include otoplasty (also known as ear shaping), surgical or non-surgical lip augmentationneck liposuction, and more.

Finally, as noted above, some patients are seeking both external and internal changes to their nose, making their procedure as much about function as is it about aesthetics. Surgery to improve someone’s ability to breathe through their nose via nasal airway surgery can also involve changes to its appearance.

If you are considering a rhinoplasty in Palo Alto, please request a consultation online or call (650) 327-3232 to schedule an appointment.

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