Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that can give the nose a more appealing aesthetic by altering the placement and shape of bones and cartilage.
Dr. Cat Begovic is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California. She is a three-time winner of Best of Beverly Hills Award in the cosmetic surgeons category.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the nose or resolve certain anatomical abnormalities. Nose jobs are some of the most common cosmetic procedures in the world because they can make a significant difference in the appearance of the face.

For some patients, the nose overwhelms the proportions of the face, taking attention away from other facial features. I strive to alter the structure of the nose in a way that compliments your face and allows you to still look like yourself.

A rhinoplasty may involve removal of cartilage at the tip of the nose to give it a smaller appearance. Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills often starts with the removal or shaving down of bone along the bridge of the nose to give it a flatter appearance.

Some patients have asymmetry in the structure of their noses. In these cases, I can carefully reconstruct the nasal structure to produce a symmetrical result.

Patients may also seek rhinoplasty if they are experiencing breathing difficulties due to anatomical issues like a deviated septum.

In addition to being a renowned plastic surgeon, I was also a board-certified ENT. As a former ENT surgeon, I have perfected a technique for reconstructing the external nasal anatomy while preserving the internal anatomy to support proper breathing.

What You Should Know Before Your Rhinoplasty

Before scheduling a rhinoplasty procedure, you will first need to have a plastic surgery consultation. During your consultation, I will carefully examine your nasal anatomy. We will discuss your desired outcomes and review before-and-after photos of previous rhinoplasty patients.

I am always transparent with my patients about whether their aesthetic goals are possible or not. If I do not feel that rhinoplasty is the best treatment to meet your needs, you will be advised on other options during our consultation.

We will also review your medical history during your consultation. You’ll be asked to provide a thorough and detailed medical record so that we can discuss any relevant information that could affect your procedure or outcomes.

If you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty, we will begin to design a detailed treatment plan for your procedure. You will also receive complete care instructions and consent forms to sign.

What Happens During Rhinoplasty

Before your procedure begins, we will once again discuss your desired outcome in the pre-operative area. I may mark your skin to show where your incisions will be. After this, we will move forward with your procedure.

What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used?

I work with a complete surgical team to ensure that you have the best possible outcome for your rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills. This team includes an anesthesiologist who will place you under general anesthesia for your procedure.

Once anesthesia has been administered, I will apply a numbing solution to the nasal area to minimize any discomfort you may feel upon waking.

The Surgical Procedure

During your rhinoplasty, I will work alongside my extended team to provide utmost care and attention, leading to a successful outcome. I use a 3.5X microscopic examination to perform rhinoplasty. This allows for the most detailed precision when working with the delicate bones and cartilage in your nose.

To begin the procedure, I make a discreet incision on the inside of the nose. The nasal skin is then folded up and back, allowing me to access the underlying bone, cartilage, and tissue. If you want a flatter bridge without a “bump,” I will shave down or remove some of the bone to create a flat or sloped appearance, depending on your desired outcome.

Many patients wish to alter the tips of their noses, making them appear to be smaller or shorter. Some patients desire an elevated tip that is turned upwards. We will discuss these options prior to surgery and I will alter the cartilage in this region accordingly.

One common concern when it comes to nasal anatomy is asymmetry. If your nose is uneven or crooked, I will reconstruct the bone and cartilage to create a more symmetrical nose that fits naturally with the rest of your face.

It is important to remember that rhinoplasty is not only used for cosmetic concerns. Some patients seek rhinoplasty to correct structural abnormalities that have led to breathing issues. If this is the case, I will work with the internal anatomy, resolving things like a deviated septum to improve your breathing.

Once I have finished reconstructing the bones and cartilage of your nose to create the new shape, the nasal skin will be put gently back into place and your incision will be closed.

How Long Does a Rhinoplasty Procedure Last?

The entire rhinoplasty procedure can take anywhere from 3 to 4.5 hours, depending on a patient’s unique needs. More complex cases with anatomical abnormalities will be on the longer side, possibly extending up to 5 hours.

Rhinoplasty Recovery and Results: What to Expect

After your rhinoplasty is complete, you will be after to return home or to your hotel if you are not from the Los Angeles Area.

For my patients, rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure. This means that they are able to return home or to their hotel the same day as their surgery is complete.

One of my primary goals is to give patients a shorter recovery with minimal pain or discomfort. Patients may experience swelling and bruising in the surgical area for several weeks after their nose job, but this will gradually subside. There is very little pain or discomfort involved. Any discomfort can usually be resolved with Tylenol.

A lightweight splint will be placed at the time of surgery and will remain in place for the first week afterward the treatment. This maintains the new shape of the nose. For some patients, a nasal splint may be placed internally. This is done to protect the septum during recovery and can be removed after one week.

How Long Does Rhinoplasty Recovery Last?

Because of the way that I perform rhinoplasty, patients have a quick and easy recovery. Patients typically return to work a few days after their surgeries.

Moderate to vigorous exercise should be avoided for at least four weeks to avoid risk of injury to the nose. It is imperative that you do not bump or hit the nose at all during this time, as doing so can alter the outcome of your surgery.

Does Rhinoplasty Leave Scars?

I have developed an innovative approach to rhinoplasty that is virtually undetectable. The incisions will be made discreetly inside the nose so that they are not visible.

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About Dr. Cat

Dr. Cat Begovic is a board-certified plastic surgeon who provides rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills. With decades of experience in the industry, Dr. Cat has perfected an advanced approach to rhinoplasty that results in minimal pain and a shorter recovery time. Her work is so renowned, patients travel from all over the world to seek treatment with Dr. Cat.

As a former ENT surgeon, Dr. Cat goes above and beyond to ensure that the nasal anatomy is preserved to enable normal breathing. She uses a gentle hand and careful touch to create natural-looking results, helping patients to present the best versions of themselves.

FAQ

Is Rhinoplasty Only for Cosmetic Concerns?

Some patients may be under the assumption that rhinoplasty is only performed for cosmetic reasons. While most patients seek nose jobs to improve their appearance, there are other patients who need rhinoplasty to ease specific breathing issues. These are often patients who have structural abnormalities like a deviated septum.

How Much Does a Nose Job Cost?

A rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills can range from $10,000 to $45,000, depending on a patient’s needs and anatomical concerns. Every patient is different, which means that the procedure may vary to a certain extent. During a consultation, our team will discuss pricing and provide you with an estimate of costs.

Will Insurance Cover My Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills?

Since rhinoplasty is generally considered to be a cosmetic procedure, most insurance companies will not provide coverage. If your rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills is being performed to relieve breathing difficulties, however, you may be able to submit an appeal to your insurance provider for partial coverage.

With that being said, my office does not accept insurance. Before having any cosmetic procedure performed, it’s important to check with your plastic surgeon’s office to see whether they accept your insurance coverage.

Does a Rhinoplasty Produce Immediate Results?

It will generally take about 3 to 4 months to see the final results of your rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills. You may have minor swelling and bruising after a nose job, which will require time to heal. It takes several weeks for the cartilage and tissue to settle into their new position before you can see the final outcome of your procedure.

How Obvious Will My Rhinoplasty Be?

A common concern for most patients is how apparent their surgery will be. They worry that it will be obvious they had a nose job or that their scars will be visible. This is why I have developed a specialized approach to rhinoplasty that creates natural-looking results with virtually no scarring.

Your rhinoplasty incision will be made in a discreet area. With the appropriate scar treatment, you should not be left with any obvious scarring. I use a gentle hand to make strategic changes to the bone and cartilage, giving you a new nose that fits naturally with your face. This creates a subtle enhancement to your overall appearance.

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