Rhinoplasty

Reshape your nose to achieve the appearance you desire


Rhinoplasty, also known as surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common and popular plastic surgery procedures today. It can reshape, reduce, or increase your nose, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and upper lip for a more symmetrical look.

Dr. Kitto performs rhinoplasty procedures to meet the patient's aesthetic goals or for reconstructive purposes, such as correcting birth defects or treating breathing problems. The ideal candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are physically fit and psychologically stable. Age is also another consideration as patients seeking rhinoplasty must have completed their growth spurt -- for girls, this means waiting until they’re about 14 or 15, and around 17 to 18 for boys.

The procedure takes a few hours depending on the complexity of the procedure and starts with incisions made either within the nostrils or around the tissue between the nostrils. Dr. Kitto will then gently lift the soft tissue covering the nose and sculpt the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. The tissues are then repositioned and stitches are placed as needed.

Patients may experience swelling, bruising, bleeding, and headache for a short time after the surgery. Full recovery is expected within a week. Swelling may reappear occasionally in the first year after the procedure, and the results of rhinoplasty will become more apparent when the swelling recedes.

If you would like more information about rhinoplasty with Dr. Kitto, or wish to schedule a consultation, call us at 804-294-1777 today.