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Changing the shape of the nose is one of the most frequent requests at the Stella Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. The nose is a prominent facial feature, and it is quite common to meet patients who have been concerned with their nasal appearance for most of their lives. A rhinoplasty procedure in Seattle performed by Dr. Stella Desyatnikova can have a profound effect on your appearance and may boost your self-esteem.

To learn more about having a nose job in Seattle at the Stella Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, request a consultation or call our office at 206-682-3223. We look forward to helping you with any questions or concerns you may have, and getting you on your way to looking and feeling your best!

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Why should I choose Dr. Stella for rhinoplasty?

Dr. Stella understands that no 2 patients are the same and customizes each rhinoplasty procedure to fit each patient's unique needs. With her training and board certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Stella has the knowledge and experience necessary for beautiful results.

What improvements can rhinoplasty provide?

At her practice in Seattle, Dr. Stella performs rhinoplasty to create a harmonious, natural-appearing balance between the nose and other facial features. Cosmetic improvements patients desire commonly include one or a combination of the following:

  • Reducing the size or length of the nose
  • Making the tip narrower
  • Straightening out the nose
  • Reducing a hump from the bridge
 
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What is functional rhinoplasty?

Many patients come to Dr. Stella's practice for functional rhinoplasty, which alleviates breathing problems. She can improve both the appearance and function of the nose in a single procedure. She is experienced in septoplasty to straighten the septum and turbinate reduction surgery, as well as other corrective procedures.

What will happen at my rhinoplasty consultation?

At your initial rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Stella will perform a thorough diagnostic evaluation, which may include an examination with a small scope. Other diagnostic tests may be performed to assess breathing problems if necessary. She will ask you to describe the improvements you want to attain and explain what can be achieved through surgery. It is extremely important for you to openly communicate your desires to Dr. Stella, so she can develop an appropriate surgical plan. Computer imaging may be utilized during the consultation, as it is helpful to see how changing the shape of your nose will change your appearance.

What is involved in the procedure?

Dr. Stella usually performs rhinoplasty in a surgical center setting with the patient under general anesthesia or deep sedation to provide maximum comfort. The complexity of this procedure requires utmost concentration for the several hours it is performed. Dr. Stella makes the majority of incisions inside the nose, but she occasionally makes a small incision between the nostrils. She then separates the skin from the underlying bone and cartilage, which she reshapes according to the desired silhouette. She then typically applies a little plastic splint to the outside of the nose that needs to stay for a week.

What can I expect during recovery?

Dr. Stella will see you in the office the day after surgery to ensure proper healing and to clean out your air passages to ease your breathing. Some swelling is expected after the surgery, and you may need to use medications or nasal spray to keep your nasal passages open.

Keeping your head elevated and applying cold compresses helps reduce swelling. Pain is usually minimal, but you will be prescribed pain medications to take as needed. The splint and sutures will be removed in a week. The majority of the swelling resolves during the first month, but your nose will continue to adjust its shape over the next several years.

Can you make my nose look better without surgery?

Some cosmetic concerns may be corrected temporarily with non-surgical rhinoplasty using dermal fillers. Dr. Stella can use fillers for a variety of improvements including reducing the appearance of a nasal hump and enhancing the tip of the nose. People who want to avoid surgery or anesthesia may be good candidates for non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Do you combine rhinoplasty with other procedures?

Yes, additional procedures can be combined with rhinoplasty, such as a chin implant or dermal fillers. Dr. Stella will help you choose the combination that will best provide the improvements you desire.

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