What Is a Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Rhinoplasty, also called a nose job or nose surgery, is a surgical procedure that can improve the structure of your nose to provide a more balanced facial appearance and beautify the entire face. It can also improve breathing in patients who have nasal abnormalities. There are several types of rhinoplasties, as described below

Primary Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic surgery that changes the appearance of the nose for someone who has never had a rhinoplasty.

Functional Rhinoplasty / Reconstructive Rhinoplasty

Surgery that restores the form and functions of the nose to improve breathing and other nasal functions.

Revision Rhinoplasty

A corrective rhinoplasty that remedies problems or aesthetic concerns that remain after, or were caused by, a former rhinoplasty.

“Ethnic Rhinoplasty”

Cosmetic nose surgery that takes special consideration for patients of ethnic background and unique nasal shape, with the goal of changing the appearance of the nose while preserving aspects important to their heritage or beauty ideals.

Liquid Rhinoplasty

A temporary “non-surgical nose job” performed with dermal fillers. Results typically last 6 months to 2 years, depending on the type of filler used and the individual.

1. Consultation / Preparation

  • The first step in the journey is a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Truesdale in Beverly Hills. During that time, you will share your goals, he will evaluate your face, and provide his expert opinion on the best treatment plan and surgical approach. Expectations, results, methods, and risks will all be discussed. Dr. Truesdale will take the time to make sure you understand the plan and feel fully informed and comfortable with the surgical plan.

  • Dr. Truesdale is trained in the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive techniques available, and can perform either an open rhinoplasty (with external incisions along the base of the nose) or closed rhinoplasty (incisions are placed inside of the nose), depending on the patient’s situation and goals. Dr. Truesdale also performs revision rhinoplasties to repair cosmetic or functional problems that developed from a previous nose surgery or injury.

  • You will then meet with the Practice Manager to discuss scheduling, cost and the payment plan, and your pre-operative instructions. We can schedule you for surgery as soon as you pay the $1000 surgical deposit. Oftentimes, surgery can be scheduled within the next few weeks!

2. Pre-Operative

  • During the consultation, Dr. Truesdale will discuss preparing for your procedure. Detailed information with pre-operative instructions, benefits, and risks, will also be shared electronically so you have the opportunity to review in detail and can prepare any additional questions for Dr. Truesdale or the team.

  • As with any surgery, there are certain medications, vitamins, and herbs that should be avoided in the 2 weeks prior to surgery. Some of these items can cause you to bleed more than normal, or may otherwise interact with the surgery process.

3. Day-Of Procedure

  • Surgery will take place at The Lasky Clinic Operating Room, at 201 S. Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills.

  • The length of surgery varies based on each patient’s situation and goals. Many primary rhinoplasties can be done in about 3 hours. Revision rhinoplasties typically take longer, between 2-6 hours.

4. Post-Operative / Recovery

  • After the surgery, patients can go home with a friend or family member after being cleared by the staff at the Lasky Clinic.

  • Dr. Truesdale will provide detailed information on how to promote the most effective and comfortable healing process.

  • It is recommended to take 1-2 weeks off of work, school, or other major commitments to heal and recover.

  • Most patients experience more discomfort than pain. Use pain medication as directed or needed, lubricate your nostrils and incision site, and follow all of Dr. Truesdale’s post-operative instructions.

  • Avoid sun exposure, strenuous activity, hot baths, steam showers, and saunas, and blowing your nose for the first few days.

  • Avoid strenuous activities during the initial healing process

  • Your nasal cast and sutures will be removed after five (5) to seven (7) days at your follow-up appointment. You may shower at this point and get your face wet.

  • Swelling often worsens in the first two (2) to three (3) days. You will likely be puffy and swollen for 1-3 weeks. You will look great after 1 month, and continue to improve over time.

5. Extended Healing

  • Continue to avoid sun exposure for 6 weeks, and wear SPF 50+ daily.

  • We will teach you an appropriate way to wear glasses or sunglasses for the immediate healing period. You may wear contacts the day after surgery

  • After the dressings are removed, avoid activities that may injure or strike your nose

  • Avoid strenuous activities during the initial healing process

  • Healing is a process. Your nose may be swollen and stuffy for several months. Complete healing may take up to 18 months. Please schedule an appointment for 12 months post surgery, so Dr. Truesdale can evaluate the final result.

What Are the Benefits of a Rhinoplasty?

Enhanced Attractiveness and Facial Harmony

Rhinoplasty resculpts the noses of patients who are bothered by features such as an overly large nose, wide nostrils, or a nasal hump. A rhinoplasty can help create a more harmonious facial appearance in both men and women.

Improved Breathing

Nasal abnormalities can obstruct the natural airways, which can make breathing more difficult. A functional rhinoplasty can address these issues to improve breathing.

Enhanced Confidence

Rhinoplasty can provide both men and women with a more aesthetically pleasing nose. One of the best outcomes of rhinoplasty is improved confidence and self-esteem.

Who Is a Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty can be a great option for someone who is bothered by the appearance of their nose and/or has trouble breathing. Both men and women can benefit from a rhinoplasty.


It is appropriate for healthy patients of all ages. It is common for people to seek a nose job when they are approaching a life transition, such as starting college or a new job, or moving to a new area, but can be a positive life improvement at any time. Schedule a surgical consultation with Dr. Truesdale today to arrange a one-on-one conversation to discuss your goals and get his expert take on the right treatment plan for you.

Why Choose Truesdale Facial Plastic Surgery for your Beverly Hills Rhinoplasty?

First and foremost, Dr. Truesdale prides himself in delivering natural results to enhance each patient’s inner beauty and achieve their goals.


“Rhinoplasty is the highest form of artistry, so I approach it that way. I am meticulous in my technique - every millimeter counts” 


- Dr. Carl Truesdale⠀⠀


Rhinoplasty should augment natural beauty and be individualized for each patient. Not every nose should look the same, so not every rhinoplasty should be approached the same way. Dr. Truesdale thinks it is of critical importance to discuss the patients’ goals so that he can come as close to achieving these goals as humanly possible.

Dr. Truesdale Is an Expert When it Comes to Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Individuality is particularly important when it comes to what is known as “ethnic rhinoplasty” for patients of color. Dr. Truesdale recognizes the importance that racial and ethnic backgrounds play in our lives and how we understand beauty. 


He works with each patient to deliver a result that holistically addresses their desires. For patients seeking an ethnic rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills, Dr. Truesdale is a superb choice.

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