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RhinoplastyRhinoplasty is surgery to improve the appearance of the nose. It may be due to familial traits, trauma, or other concerns. The surgery can refine your nose or change its shape within limits.

Nose surgery can enhance facial harmony by improving the appearance of your nose in relation to your other facial features. It can change aspects of your nose’s bridge, tip, and nostrils. This procedure can also help you breathe better or fix problems caused by an accident or birth defect.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty surgery is excellent for patients who want to change the size and shape of their noses. Candidates should have realistic cosmetic expectations for what this surgery can accomplish.

In general, healthy patients with completed facial development and no major medical issues or illnesses are good candidates for rhinoplasty. Ideal candidates either do not smoke or are willing to quit smoking for an extended period of time before and after surgery.

What Happens During the Consultation?

At your rhinoplasty consultation, be ready to talk about your aesthetic and functional goals for the surgery. During the appointment, any medical issues, drug allergies, and previous medical treatments and surgeries should be discussed.

Dr. Van Raalte should also be aware of all your current medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements, along with any alcohol, cigarette, and/or drug use.

Dr. Van Raalte will assess your overall health, as well as any pre-existing medical issues. He will explain your nose-reshaping alternatives, evaluate and measure your face, take photographs, and recommend a course of treatment. The consultation will involve a detailed discussion of the expected outcomes and any potential complications.

We will listen to your concerns, do an examination, and carefully explain what we would recommend. Our goal is to not make you a different person but to have a nose that fits your face but is improved.

Dr. Van Raalte offers computer simulation but emphasizes that it is a goal to visualize, not a guarantee of the result. He has operated on noses of many ethnic backgrounds.

The nose is not solid that can be sculpted but more like paper mache’ that can only be molded in certain ways. It consists of cartilage and bone that tends to change after surgery, settle at different rates, and can need revision. National revision rates are reported at 7-18%. Changes to the nose can produce changes in airflow.

Nine out of ten of our patients have been satisfied with our goals of a better but not different nose.*

What to Expect During the Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient treatment, which means there is no overnight stay needed. You will be given either a general anesthetic or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Dr. Raalte will make incisions within the nostrils during the surgery. In more challenging cases, an incision across the base of the nose (the columella) may be made.

Dr. Raalte may alter bone and cartilage to improve the appearance of the nose during rhinoplasty. Occasionally, cartilage grafts are required. If the septum is crooked, it can be straightened and the bumps inside the nose can be cut down to make it easier to breathe.

For the final part of the rhinoplasty surgery, the nasal skin is redraped, and then incisions are closed with sutures.


What to Expect After the Procedure

A splint or bandages may be applied to support and maintain the nose’s new structure. The swelling should go down in a few weeks. During this time, you may see gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it transitions to a more permanent result.

*Individual results may vary.

COVID-19 Update: Only performing on patients who have documentation of vaccination

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Costs?

The total cost of rhinoplasty surgery is determined based on factors like your medical examinations, surgeon’s fees, hospital charges, post-surgery garments, and anesthesia. The exact techniques used will also impact cost, as will the total time needed to perform the surgery.

Contact Us to Learn More

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Van Raalte if you want to learn more about rhinoplasty in Davenport. Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging cosmetic operations to perform, and we are here to help you get the quality results you deserve.

Rhinoplasty Patient Experiences

  • “My experience here was great! The staff was extremely nice and respectful. Many questions were asked and all were answered kindly and in a way that I understood. Very happy with my results! Great place and even greater people!”
    – D.S., Rhinoplasty
    Individual results may vary

  • “I was extremely impressed by the results of my neck and nose. The doctor and staff were both very professional. Five out of five stars!”
    – AL
    Individual results may vary

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