What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly called a “nose job,” is one of the most frequently performed facial surgeries. About half a million rhinoplasty surgeries are performed every year in the USA. In addition to the procedure being performed for aesthetic improvement, a nose job may also be performed to resolve breathing problems associated with a deviated septum, congenital disability, or trauma. If you have been considering a rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills or Los Angeles, we want to assist you in taking a closer look at the process.

Before & After Rhinoplasty with Dr. Nassif

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Patient recieving rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills with Dr. Nassif

Dr. Paul Nassif Performs a Primary Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Benefits

This procedure can enhance the look and function of the nose while improving confidence and eliminating self-consciousness caused by your nasal appearance. Benefits of rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills include the following:

  • Enhanced facial harmony and balance
  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Correction of nasal asymmetry or deformities
  • Resolution of breathing difficulties associated with a deviated septum or other structural issues
  • Customizable results tailored to the patient's unique facial features and desires
  • Reduction of nasal tip size or refinement of nasal bridge contours
  • Correction of congenital disabilities or injuries
  • Increased comfort and ease in social interactions
  • Long-lasting results that contribute to a more positive self-image and quality of life

Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Before opting for rhinoplasty in Los Angeles with Dr. Nassif, it's essential to assess whether you meet the criteria for an ideal candidate. Consider the following factors:

  • Feeling self-conscious or dissatisfied with your current nasal appearance
  • Observing changes in your nose due to aging
  • Having a nasal deformity that requires correction
  • Maintaining realistic expectations of the surgery, prioritizing improvement over perfection
  • Ensuring your nose has ceased growing, typically occurring from the mid-teens onward
  • Being able to allocate adequate recovery time away from work
  • Committing to being a nonsmoker or willing to stop smoking at least six weeks before the scheduled surgery

Nassif MD: Home of the Celestial Rhinoplasty® & Celestial Nasoplasty®

Dr. Nassif's innovative Celestial Nasoplasty® technique aims to create a smaller, subtly upturned nose, a look that is highly sought after and recognized, especially since it is a natural occurrence in only 13% of individuals. Many patients desire this appealing appearance, and Dr. Nassif also shares his expertise by training colleagues in performing the Celestial Rhinoplasty®.

Additionally, numerous rhinoplasty patients desire to lift the tip of their nose. Drawing from his extensive experience in revision rhinoplasties, Dr. Nassif has consulted with many individuals who have undergone previous surgeries in pursuit of this effect.

Traditional techniques for elevating the nasal tip often fail due to a spring-like force on the nose cartilage, pushing the tip downward. To address this, Dr. Nassif developed the innovative Celestial Rhinoplasty® technique, uniquely manipulating the nose cartilages to counteract these forces and achieve an attractive, refined appearance.

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Design Your Dream Nose: Get Started with a Rhinoplasty Consultation

Private Consultation With Dr. Nassif

The initial step is to arrange a private consultation with Dr. Nassif to learn more about rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills. During this meeting, you will have the chance to meet directly with Dr. Nassif to address your concerns and have all your inquiries addressed. You will be able to communicate your desired nose shape to the doctor. You are welcome to bring a picture of a celebrity or someone with a nose you admire. Our office has a variety of photos to assist you, including individuals with similar facial structures or nose concerns so that you can observe the transformation from "before" to "after."

Review Medical History & General Health

During your consultation with Dr. Nassif, he will inquire about your medical background, including any history of substance abuse, tobacco, or alcohol use. Additionally, you will be required to bring all your current medications and supplements. A comprehensive and precise medical history will be collected during the consultation. It's important to inform Dr. Nassif about any prior surgeries, medical procedures, and complications you may have encountered. This information will help him assess your overall health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure, which is the case for most individuals.

Customized Recommendations Based On Your Desires

Dr. Nassif will provide personalized recommendations for the most effective approach to achieve the desired results for your rhinoplasty. Each individual is unique, and the adjustments to the nose structure may range from significant to minimal, depending on the specific goals. Additionally, he will offer guidance on potential supplementary cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift, neck lift, brow lift, or chin augmentation, to enhance your overall appearance. Once the specific type of rhinoplasty is determined, Dr. Nassif and the NassifMD Plastic Surgery® team will capture photographs of your face for comparison and preparation.

What to Expect During Rhinoplasty Surgery

The Evening & Morning Before Rhinoplasty Surgery

Before your nose job surgery, you must refrain from eating or drinking fluids for a specific period, typically starting at midnight the evening before the procedure. Depending on your physician's guidance, you may take certain medications with a small sip of water, such as beta-blockers, cholesterol medications, or other prescribed drugs.

To minimize the risk of infection, you should use an antimicrobial soap during your shower the night before the surgery to eliminate and prevent the growth of bacteria on your skin's surface. While cleansing, be gentle and avoid excessive facial irritation, particularly around the nose. This process should be repeated on the morning of the procedure.

It is recommended not to wear nasal or facial piercings to the hospital to prevent the risk of losing them and the potential bacterial presence on the jewelry.

Surgery Day

  • Brief Consultation Pre-Surgery: The process will commence with a short consultation with the nursing team, during which they will assess your compliance with the instructions regarding smoking, eating, drinking, and bathing the evening before and on the day of your procedure.
  • Anesthesia Options: Upon entering the operating room, the suitable anesthesia will be administered. While general anesthesia is preferred for many rhinoplasty surgeons, local anesthetics can also be used. If a local anesthetic is used, you may be able to hear the surgery taking place, which can be stressful and frightening for some patients. Most individuals tend to be more at ease with general anesthesia. Dr. Nassif will commence making the necessary incisions for the procedure once you are sedated.
  • Interior Incision To Reduce The Appearance Of Scars: Incisions will be made inside the nose to minimize the visibility of scars. Additionally, small incisions may be necessary at the junction of the nostrils (nares) and the cheek to address changes in the shape, size, and appearance of large or misshapen nostrils. Dr. Nassif will sculpt your nose to align with the desired outcome you discussed during your consultation. He is dedicated to providing you with the finest rhinoplasty Beverly Hills can offer.
  • Length Of Procedure: If additional procedures are being performed simultaneously, most nose jobs typically require several hours. Following the closure of the incisions and any necessary adjustments to the nasal wall or septum, you will be transferred to the recovery room.
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Using Rib Cartilage in a Rhinoplasty Surgery

The question of using rib cartilage in rhinoplasty surgeries does come up quite often. In this video, Dr. Nassif breaks it all down and shows you some great examples.

Dr. Paul Nassif explains how rib cartilage is used in surgeries.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

The rhinoplasty healing process begins immediately upon awakening in the recovery room. Your nose may be packed to support the altered structures, and Dr. Nassif will place a splint on the exterior to maintain the newly shaped nose. If you experience pain or nausea, you must notify the attending nurse for prompt assistance. Medications will be administered to ensure your comfort and relaxation, and your surgeon will prescribe pain, nausea, and anti-inflammatory medications for a smooth recovery. The day after the procedure, the packing and splint will be replaced with a taped dressing, which should remain in place for one week. Keeping the dressing dry is crucial to prevent bacterial growth and potential infection. Expect significant bruising, swelling of the face and nose, and red and swollen eyes. Adhering to the prescribed medication regimen, particularly for steroids and antibiotics, is essential to prevent infection and other complications.

During the initial recovery period, stick to a diet of light, bland foods, progress to heavier options if there are no issues, and follow the dietary guidelines provided after surgery. Avoid foods and spices known to trigger sneezing or other reactions. To prevent blood clots, engage in light walking several times a day for at least ten minutes to promote circulation and tissue healing. Refrain from bending or exerting yourself physically until cleared by your physician, as even tiny stitches can break with physical strain. Sleep with your head above your heart to reduce swelling, although it is unnecessary for the nasal cast. It is also advisable to have your pet sleep separately for a few weeks post-surgery to prevent the introduction of harmful bacteria near the incision site, regardless of your pet's cleanliness.

What to Look Out For

Before your rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, purchase a small thermometer to check your temperature every six to eight hours. The first sign of infection will be an increase in temperature. Also, look out for uncontrollable pain, headaches, and excessive redness and heat beyond expectations.

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Rhinoplasty Risks

It's important to be aware of potential risks associated with rhinoplasty. These may include:


Due to the incisions made, bleeding can occur. If excessive bleeding or a significant decrease in energy is experienced, it's crucial to contact Dr. Nassif immediately or seek medical attention at the nearest emergency room.

Septum Damage

Depending on the extent of the procedure, there is a risk of developing an injury or hole in the septum, which the physician can address.

Skin Healing

The healing process varies for each individual, and in some cases, the skin may not heal as expected.

Nasal Passage Obstruction

Although rare, the procedure can lead to a blockage due to swelling in the nose.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Maintaining proper circulation and movement is crucial to reduce the risk of DVT, which refers to a large blood clot formed deep inside the body's veins.

Anesthesia Complications

Discussing any history of anesthesia complications during the consultation can help prevent potential issues related to anesthesia. It's important to inform Dr. Nassif of any past anesthesia-related problems.

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Choose Dr. Nassif and Get the Most Out of Your Rhinoplasty

Dr. Paul Nassif recognizes the significance of feeling confident in one's appearance. He collaborates with patients to accentuate their natural beauty and empower them to embrace life fully. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Nassif, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Rhinoplasty FAQ

What if I need to blow my nose the day after my rhinoplasty?

Can I present my new nose to everyone the day after my nose surgery?

Can I drive myself home after rhinoplasty?

What can I do for pain or headaches after the procedure?

I recently had a nose job in Los Angeles, but it was botched. Can I get it fixed?

What if I need to blow my nose the day after my rhinoplasty?

It's advisable not to blow your nose as it can harm the surgical site, potentially causing stitches to rupture, severe pain, or excessive bleeding.

Can I present my new nose to everyone the day after my nose surgery?

Yes, you can, but please be aware that it won't appear normal-sized. It will be bandaged, bruised, and swollen. After the tape is removed, the bruising may take another week to subside. The nose will continue to heal over the next month. In some cases of extensive reconstruction, achieving the desired look may take several months. Expect a few weeks of recovery before being red-carpet-ready. Remember, a few months of healing is a small price to pay for a lifetime of confidence and happiness.

Can I drive myself home after rhinoplasty?

No, due to the effects of anesthesia, patients should not drive themselves home after rhinoplasty. Our office can assist you with the necessary arrangements if you require transportation and are out of town.

What can I do for pain or headaches after the procedure?

Only take medications as directed by your physician. Avoid medications containing aspirin or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen. Applying a cool washcloth or ice pack to the top of your head for pain relief is recommended, ensuring the bandage does not get wet.

I recently had a nose job in Los Angeles, but it was botched. Can I get it fixed?

Absolutely! Dr. Paul Nassif specializes in revision rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills. For information on rhinoplasty revisions, please refer to this page.

Get the most from life

Dr. Paul Nassif understands the importance of feeling confident in your appearance. He works with patients to enhance their natural beauty and allow them to get the most out of life. If you are interested in an appointment with Dr. Nassif, contact our office to schedule your consultation.

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