When you think of a beautiful face, you probably think of harmony and balance between all facial features. Because the nose is at the center of the face, it is important that it does not distract from the rest of your features. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, and wish to improve the aesthetic features of your overall facial appearance, a rhinoplasty may be a good option for youHaving a specialist perform your rhinoplasty is of paramount importance and the best way to ensure natural-looking, beautiful results, and at the same time improve or at least maintain your nasal breathingForm and function go hand-in-hand, which is especially true in nasal surgeryDr. Walker is a leading expert in primary and complicated revision nasal surgeries, whether cosmetic, functional, or both, with clients that travel domestically and internationally to seek out his signature Atlanta Rhinoplasty.  Walker MD Facial Plastic Surgery is located 19 minutes from Downtown Atlanta and 12 minutes from Brookhaven.

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If you would like to learn more about the best rhinoplasty Atlanta has to offer and how it can benefit you, contact our Atlanta office today! Our team will be happy to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Walker. This is your first step on your cosmetic procedure journey, during which you will discuss your individual rhinoplasty goals with Dr. Walker. He will then create an individualized treatment plan to make your aesthetic goals a reality.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does health insurance cover the cost of rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore insurance will not cover that surgery. If you have functional problems with nasal obstruction associated with structural issues such as a deviated septum, those portions of the procedure may be covered by your insurance if deemed medically necessary.

Can a rhinoplasty be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, many clients choose to combine their rhinoplasty with other procedures such as facelift, blepharoplasty, brow lift, and more. If you are interested in adding procedures in combination with your rhinoplasty, you can discuss this with Dr. Walker during your consultation.

What is the difference between an open versus closed rhinoplasty?

The main difference between an open (external) and closed (endonasal) rhinoplasty is the tiny incision at the bottom of the nose between the two nostrils. This tiny incision, though, if properly designed and carefully closed, will become inconspicuous. The exposure afforded in an open rhinoplasty is far superior to the closed rhinoplasty approach and essentially every nasal problem can be corrected with the open approach. There are some patients, though, that are candidates for closed rhinoplasty where an open approach is not indicated. The avoidance of the tiny incision at the bottom of the nose is typically not offsetting the sacrifice of other nasal aesthetic changes, which are much more noticeable than the small incision between the nostrils. The decision whether an open or closed approach is most appropriate for you should not be based on the incision itself but rather the goal of your rhinoplasty. Either procedure can lead to a beautiful result albeit a closed approach is much more limited and limiting. Dr. Walker will discuss more details with you during your consultation if you desire.  nOpen Rhinoplasty (aka External Rhinoplasty):nOpen Rhinoplasty uses a small incision that is placed on your columella, between the two nostril openings. This incision is approximately 5-6 mm in length and designed in an upside-down V-shape to allow for contraction forces to be more even for an inconspicuous healing.  This access incision allows the skin and soft tissue of the nose to be lifted off of the underlying nasal framework, “opening” the nose. This approach is appropriate for the majority of rhinoplasty operations and those that require significant nasal tip work, as it offers a complete view of all of the structures that will be modified during the operation. It also allows for the surgeon to very precisely place and secure cartilage grafts for a predictable, safe, and long-lasting result. This is the preferred technique that Dr. Walker uses in most of his rhinoplasty surgeries, as it offers the best exposure for precise results and very low risk of errors that will require correction later on. While some patients may have a concern about the scar from an external incision, proper placement and closure of the incision typically results in a scar that is essentially unnoticeable once healed. You can review results in the after photo gallery to see for yourself how unnoticeable the scar is (plus who looks at the bottom of your nose?). nClosed Rhinoplasty (aka Endonasal Rhinoplasty):nClosed rhinoplasty (aka endonasal rhinoplasty) is a bit of a misnomer as no surgery can be done “closed”. This operation refers to a rhinoplasty where all incisions are hidden inside the nostrils without a tiny incision at the bottom of your nose. While this technique may be appropriate for minor rhinoplasty surgeries where only a small hump reduction is needed or very minor nasal tip work, the closed technique does limit visibility and cartilage grafts cannot be placed as precisely as in an open rhinoplasty operation.

What is Structural Rhinoplasty?

There are entire books dedicated to the topic of Structural Rhinoplasty. In brief, Dr. Walker exclusively performs structural rhinoplasty, which is a surgical procedure based on repositioning and strengthening the nasal supporting framework and thereby altering the nasal shape in a safe, long-lasting, and predictable fashion. Cartilage is typically utilized in this surgery (usually from your own septum) to achieve the desired cosmetic changes and improving the nasal breathing. In non-structural rhinoplasty, cartilage and tissue is resected and the nose weakened with long-term results that are less predictable. Furthermore, non-structural rhinoplasty with reductive maneuvers leads to worse nasal breathing than prior to surgery, oftentimes pinching the nose, nasal valve collapse, a droopy nasal tip, or even an over-rotated (“piggy”) nasal tip. For the most part, this technique is no longer utilized by contemporary rhinoplasty surgeons as we have learned through long-term follow-up that non-structural rhinoplasty techniques lead to aesthetic and functional problems in the long-run.

Can a nose job make your nose smaller?

Yes. A rhinoplasty can change many different aspects of the nose including the bridge, tip, nostrils, and more. With the help of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, you can make your nose smaller through surgery.

Can rhinoplasty help sinus problems?

No. Rhinoplasty is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose and simultaneously resore or maintina nasal breathing. Sinus surgery is required to address sinus problems that have met all criteria for surgery. Such sinus surgery can be done in conjunction with rhinoplasty in many but not all cases.

How do I prepare for a nose job?

Your plastic surgeon will give you detailed instructions to follow ahead of your surgery date. This includes filling prescriptions, obtaining recovery materials, and fasting before surgery after 10pm. If you have any questions, make sure to reach out to our team.

Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

Good candidates for rhinoplasty are patients who seek changes in their nasal shape, have realistic expectations, and are a candidate for general anesthesia. Expectations and goals are discussed with you during your consultation with Dr. Walker, who will also review your health history to determine if rhinoplasty is right for you.

Will I be put under for nose job surgery?

Rhinoplasty is typically performed using general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, i.e. going home the same day.

What are the side effects of rhinoplasty?

After rhinoplasty, it’s normal to have some discomfort for a few days. Most patient take some prescription pain medications for the first 1-3 days followed by Tylenol as needed. Although rare, infections could occur and Dr. Walker always. prescribed prophylactic antibiotics. Bruising around the eyes is not unusual for the first 7-10 days although usually not significant.

Is a nose job permanent?

A rhinoplasty produces permanent results. Although the satisfaction rate is extremely high, revision surgeries are done on rare occasions (less than 1% for Dr. Walker) for minor imperfections.

What is recovery from rhinoplasty like?

Downtime from work is 1 week with recommended activity restrictions including avoidance of strenuous activities to minimize swelling for 1 month. You will be ready for photo studio shoots or wedding photos after 3 months. You’ll be given a more detailed idea of what to expect from your rhinoplasty recovery during your consultation.

How long do rhinoplasty results last?

Rhinoplasty results are permanent. However, the nose can still change over time (especially if rhinoplasty is performed when you’re young) or be subject to injury, requiring another procedure.

What is closed rhinoplasty?

Closed rhinoplasty, aka endonasal rhinoplasty, is a type of nose job that uses incisions entirely inside the nostrils. This approach does not entail a tiny incision at the bottom of the nose between the nostrils but has limited exposure and therefore is not the best approach in many cases as many aesthetic imperfections cannot be addressed through that approach. Since the incision on the columella heals extremely well that it is essentially imperceptible after 3 months, an endonasal approach is often inferior to the exterior approach for most patients when all things are considered.

Can I sleep on my side after rhinoplasty?

Head elevation is recommended for the first 24 hours, possibly up to 3 days. Sleeping on the side is no problem although the side facing down may appear more swollen when waking up in the morning.

Do nose jobs last forever?

Yes, but minor changes especially in the first few months are expected. General changes with aging occur to the nose and rhinoplasty does not stop the clock. That said, a structural rhinoplasty is the most powerful technique to lead to predictable and permanent results.

How long are you swollen after rhinoplasty?

This greatly depends on the skin thickness and activity level. Thin skin swells lass and lasts a shorter period of time than thick skin. In general, the swelling from the nose lasts about 4-6 weeks.

What can I do to help with recovery from rhinoplasty?

Follow your surgeons instructions! Avoid sodium, salt, and sweating for 4-6 weeks. Avoid contact sports for 1-3 months. Avoid glasses or sunglasses for 1-3 months. There are many instructions you will be given from Dr. Walker to get the best possible result.

Is there anything I should do before I get a rhinoplasty?

This is determined on a case-by-case basis. Some patients need medical clearance for general anesthesia. Some may need to discontinue or continue certain medications. Since many dietary supplements have blood-thinning properties, it is generally advisable to stop all over-the-counter medications for 1 week before and 2 weeks after surgery.

What should I avoid after surgery?

Avoid sweating, strenuous activities, and salt. Patients also need to avoid contact sports.

How long should I take off work when getting a rhinoplasty?

Downtime is generally 1 week, but if a patient is working from home, they may resume sooner. If your job is physically demanding and strenuous, you may need to take 2 weeks off, possibly longer.

How much does a rhinoplasty cost in Atlanta?

The price varies greatly based on area, surgeon skill and experience, and the individual complexity of the case (primary versus revision, how many prior surgeries, etc.). An individual surgical estimate will be given to you during your consultation, but a rhinoplasty generally starts out at around $10,000.

How much bruising and swelling should I expect?

This greatly varies from patient to patient and is based on many factors such as the extent of surgery, skin color and texture, the propensity to bruising as some people just bruise more easily than others, etc. Dr. Walker uses the least traumatic technique and instruments including ultrasonic rhinoplasty tools where appropriate and indicated to have the least possible bruising and swelling.

When can I start working out after rhinoplasty surgery?

Generally, patients can begin working out 1 month after their procedure. However, for contact sports, patients should generally wait 3 months.

Am I awake during rhinoplasty surgery?

No! Rhinoplasty is considered an airway surgery and for safety, as well as comfort reasons, general anesthesia is strongly recommended. There are a few surgeons who d this under sedation, but structural rhinoplasty with predictable and long-lasting results requires general anesthesia.

Should I bring someone with me to the procedure?

Yes. A family member or friend must pick you up from surgery due to the administered anesthesia.

Can I have other procedures performed at the same time as the rhinoplasty?

Absolutely! There are many other procedures that patients have done simultaneously such as chin implant, eyelid surgery, facelift, neck liposuction, buccal fat removal, otoplasty, etc.

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