The Primary Rhinoplasty 2017-05-05T15:39:17+00:00

The Primary


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Why have a Primary Rhinoplasty?

To surgically refine the nose’s size and shape, creating the most ideal nose proportions. Naturally blending the nose in with the other facial features, harmony and facial beauty are created.


Incisions are made in the inside of the nose, where they are not visible. In some cases incisions may be made in the area of the skin separating the nostrils.

Underlying bone and cartilage are sculpted to create the nose’s new shape.

Skin is re-draped over the nose’s new frame and all incisions are closed.

After surgery is completed a small cast is placed on the nose to maintain the newly sculpted nasal framework in position. Dr. Economou does not use nasal packing except in very rare circumstances. Large packs are not used. Small internal silicone splints may be applied for additional support and are usually removed after 7 days.

Rhinoplasty can reduce a nose that is too large, narrow a nose that is too wide, straighten a nose that is crooked, eliminate unsightly bumps, reshape the tip and improve the angle between the nose and the upper lip for a more youthful look.

In certain noses, such as in Asian or African American noses, rhinoplasty can provide a stronger nasal bridge, enhance tip definition and narrow the base for a more defined look.

It can increase air flow where obstructions in the nose are causing breathing and sinus problems.

It also decreases concerns and renews one’s self-confidence once an undesirable feature has been corrected.

Rhinoplasty is a very detailed procedure. The ultimate result depends to a great extent on how your skin heals. Improvement, not perfection, is the goal.

How your skin heals- Skin type

Medical history

  • The degree of nasal refinement desired.
  • The level of function of nasal structures.
  • The structure of the nose, both internally and externally.
  • How the shape of the nose relates to the overall contour of your face and specific facial features.
  • Whether chin augmentation or reduction, in addition to rhinoplasty, may benefit the overall profile.
  • Skin texture and thickness.

Rhinoplasty takes between 2 to 4 hours to complete and is done at the Bel Etage Clinic, typically under general anesthesia.

Full daily activities can be resumed within 2 weeks of surgery, strenuous exercise, within 3 weeks and contact sports, diving or weight lifting after 6 weeks. Also, you can travel (even by airplane) by day 8 of your recovery, and eyeglasses can be worn on the bridge of the nose after 6 weeks.

Small residual swelling can persist for several weeks and the final refinement can take several months to a full year to settle depending on the thickness and quality of your skin.