Rhinoplasty Specialist

Lucia S. Olarte, MD -  - Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Lucia S. Olarte, MD

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon & Otolaryngologist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

Patients who would like to improve the appearance or structure of their nose may decide to undergo rhinoplasty. Lucia S Olarte, MD performs safe, effective rhinoplasty procedures for patients in Century City and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California. To learn more about rhinoplasty, patients should schedule a consultation with Dr. Olarte.

Rhinoplasty Q & A

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that combines reshaping and restructuring of the bone and cartilage of the nose. The goal of the procedure is to improve the appearance and/or function of the nose.

What happens during rhinoplasty?

During the procedure, Dr. Olarte accesses the bones and cartilage that support the nose through small incisions. In most cases, she will make these incisions inside the nose to minimize the appearance of scars. Depending on the purpose of the surgery, Dr. Olarte may add or remove tissue and/or reshape the bone and cartilage. At the end of the procedure, she places a splint outside the nose to support it while it heals.

When is rhinoplasty appropriate?

The goal of rhinoplasty is to surgically create a functional, aesthetic, and natural appearing nose. The reasons for seeking out nasal surgery vary from a nose that is out of proportion to the face, congenital or traumatic nasal obstruction, or headaches and sinus problems that require external nasal straightening to address the problem.

Dr. Olarte can make many different types of changes to the nose through rhinoplasty. For example, she may alter the size of the nose, change the appearance of the tip of the nose, alter the angle of the nose, or fix noticeable defects.

How long does the procedure take?

Every rhinoplasty is unique. Depending on the extent of surgery performed, rhinoplasty may take 2-5 hours to complete.

Is hospitalization necessary?

Dr. Olarte performs rhinoplasty at a surgical center under general anesthesia. However, most patients are able to return home on the day of the procedure after a short recovery period in the hospital.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

During rhinoplasty, the patient is under general anesthesia, which may pose risks. Other risks associated with rhinoplasty include nasal blockage, infection, skin problems, injury to the septum, and bleeding. However, these complications are rare.

What results can patients expect?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex procedures performed in facial plastic surgery. With proper analysis, realistic patient expectations and the skills of a qualified facial plastic surgeon, rhinoplasty is a very rewarding procedure for both patient and surgeon alike.

What is non surgical rhinoplasty?

Non surgical, or injection rhinoplasty, is performed in the office using dermal fillers. Injection rhinoplasty is a great alternative to surgical rhinoplasty for minor defects. Filler can be used to reduce the appearance of nasal irregularities, or a prominent dorsal hump. The risks are minimal in the hands of an expertly trained facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Olarte.

How is rhinoplasty different from septoplasty?

The goal of rhinoplasty is to improve the appearance of the nose. The goal of septoplasty is to improve nasal breathing. Often times both procedures are performed in the same patient. Nasal obstruction is very common. Nasal obstruction can be related to a crooked septum (deviated septum), swollen tissues in the nose, polyps or other growths, or narrowing and collapse of the side of the walls of the nose. To effectively improve nasal breathing, Dr. Olarte must analyze each of these factors to determine the best course of action. Surgical correction of a crooked septum, collapsing nose, or removal of growths may be required when these factors are significant.


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