Be sure to tell Dr. Tavoussi if you have had any previous nose surgery or an injury to your nose. You should also inform Dr. Tavoussi if you have any allergies or breathing difficulties, if you are taking any medications, vitamins, or recreational drugs and if you smoke. Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two, though complicated procedures may take longer. We have board-certified anesthesiology staff who have had years of experience in outpatient anesthesia as well as local hospital privileges. Our nursing personnel are ACLS certified and have many years of experience working in operating and recovery rooms at the local hospitals.

During surgery, the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape. The nature of the sculpting will depend on your problem and Dr. Tavoussi’s preferred technique. Finally, the skin is redraped over the new framework. Most of the incisions for reducing or recontouring the external nose are made inside the nose. Occasionally, an incision will be made across the base of the columella, the strut between the two nostrils. The nasal skin is lifted away from the cartilage and bone and the excess tissue is removed or repositioned.

The operation is usually performed under a light general or deep sedation. An anesthesiologist will be present to administer the general anesthesia and to assist with monitoring to ensure your safety. The procedure is performed in an ambulatory surgery center or hospital.