Nose Surgery Specialist

Thomas Vecchione, MD -  - Plastic Surgeon

Vecchione Plastic Surgery

Thomas Vecchione, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in Banker's Hill, San Diego, CA

As an experienced cosmetic surgeon serving patients in and around San Diego, CA, Dr. Vecchione has extensive experience in nose surgeries, or rhinoplasty, helping patients achieve balance and symmetry in their appearance as well as correcting nasal defects that can impede breathing.

Nose Surgery Q & A

What kinds of cosmetic procedures are available for the nose?

We offer many different types of procedures to address a range of issues, including:

  • removal of nasal bumps

  • correction of nasal tip deformities

  • reduction and reshaping of the nostrils

  • narrowing of a wide nose

  • smoothing aberrations on the nasal surfaces

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is more commonly referred to as a “nose job.” It refers to the surgical procedures used to reshape the nose structure to provide more attractive symmetry and facial balance.

What is the procedure like?

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia. Incisions are made in the nose in different locations, depending on the procedure being performed. Bone, cartilage and other tissue may be removed or added during the procedure, then the skin is placed back over the nose and sutured in place. A splint will be applied to the nose following the procedure to aid in healing.

What should I expect afterward?

Once your surgery is complete, you'll have some discomfort as well as swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose. Your nasal cavity may be packed with gauze to control bleeding. Pain relievers and cold compresses can help reduce discomfort, and keeping your head elevated for the first few days will minimize swelling. The splint will be removed in about a week and bruising should disappear within about two weeks.

Is nose surgery only to improve the appearance of the nose?

No, nose surgery can also address many structural issues that make breathing more difficult, including correcting a deviated septum (the divider between your nostrils) and reduce the size and shape of the turbinates, bony structures inside the nasal cavities that can sometimes interfere with breathing.