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What can I expect from my rhinoplasty in Denver?

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a very popular procedure that can help restore one’s appearance as well as one’s confidence. Slight improvements to the shape and size of the nose can drastically enhance a patient’s already attractive facial features. Dr. Stephen Weber is a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon in Denver, CO, who excels in rhinoplasty procedures. Thanks to his artistic sensibility coupled with intrepid skill, Dr. Weber is known by patients and peers alike as delivering among the best rhinoplasty Denver can lay claim to.

Rhinoplasty at a glance

Surgery time: 60 to 90 minutes

Anesthesia: Oral sedation or general anesthesia

Setting: Office procedure suite or ambulatory surgery center

Recovery: 5 to 7 days

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What are the benefits of a rhinoplasty?

  • Repairs the nasal structures for improved breathing
  • Corrects imperfections of the nasal bridge, tip and nostrils
  • Can help restore a more balanced and harmonious look
  • Can help correct a nose that is too flat or wide
  • Every procedure is highly personalized
  • Improves self-confidence and self-image
  • Can enhance one’s femininity, or masculinity
  • May be enhanced with a chin implant
  • Natural-looking results

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Dr. Weber is extremely good at explaining the procedure in layman's terms and gives careful instructions for caring for your nose after the procedure! He makes himself available at anytime to answer any questions and has been helpful in the recovery process. I feel I've healed 10x quicker! I am so pleased to have Dr. Weber do my surgery!

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What are the details of a nose job in Lone Tree?

Rhinoplasty is the surgical molding or shaping of the nose. Commonly referred to as a “nose job,” the procedure is performed to give patients a nose that harmoniously blends with the rest of their face. There are two types of rhinoplasty procedures. The first and most common is a reduction rhinoplasty, a procedure that reduces the size of the nose. The second is an augmentation rhinoplasty, a procedure that enlarges the overly small nose. If you are looking to correct a previous rhinoplasty visit our revision rhinoplasty page for more information.

The decision regarding which procedure to perform is based on several factors, including but not limited to the following factors: face shape, ethnicity, height, personality, and patient goals. An important but often overlooked part of a nose job is nasal function following the procedure. The procedure should always maintain or improve a patient’s ability to breathe. Fully functional results following rhinoplasty are achieved when the surgeon performing the procedure has the surgical skills to reshape and reposition nasal cartilage rather than excise it.

Because Dr. Weber tailors his Denver rhinoplasty to meet the unique needs of each patient and uses a contemporary and structured surgical approach, he is able to produce consistent aesthetic and functional results that his patients, both male and female, love. Dr. Weber’s passion for rhinoplasty and his dedication to research and learning have led to him becoming one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in the country. Considered a “Top Rhinoplasty Doctor” by RealSelf.com, Dr. Weber typically performs three to five rhinoplasty procedures a week on patients of all ages and genders.

Who is a good candidate for the rhinoplasty procedure?

Men and women who want to improve the appearance of their nose and/or improve nasal function are good candidates for a rhinoplasty in Denver. The procedure is typically performed on healthy, non-smoking adult and teenage patients with no serious medical conditions, a positive mindset, and realistic expectations.

What does a rhinoplasty procedure with Dr. Weber entail?

The first step is to make the patient as comfortable as possible. The second is the administration of local anesthesia, oral sedation, or general anesthesia provided by a board certified anesthesiologist. After the patient is comfortably asleep or sedated, one of the following approaches is used to access the nasal structures:

The “open” or external approach

A tiny external incision is made on the area of skin between the nostrils on the underside of the nose, along with other incision made on the inside of the nose.

The “closed” or endonasal approach

Tiny incisions are made only on the inside of the nostrils. Working through the incisions, Dr. Weber reshapes nasal bone and cartilage to meet the patient’s aesthetic and functional goals that were established prior to surgery.

Dissolving sutures that do not require removal are used to carefully close the incisions. Packing is never placed inside the nose. A flexible nasal splint is placed over the new nose to help hold it in place and minimize swelling. Once the splint is secured using delicate tape, the procedure is complete. Total procedure time is approximately 60-90 minutes.

What can I expect from my rhinoplasty results?

Results begin to be seen as soon as post surgical swelling goes down. Generally, patients can expect to see noticeable improvements as soon as their first post-operative appointment. Fine details and subtle improvements will continue to be seen as healing takes place and swelling decreases over the course of one year.

The end result for Dr. Weber’s patients who undergo a nose job is a natural-looking nose that complements their facial features. Of course, results are tailored to meet the goals of each patient.

Some of the most commonly requested surgical changes that patients request and ultimately receive include the following:

  • A smaller or larger nose
  • A narrow and straight nasal bridge
  • A refined nasal tip with added definition
  • Narrowing and reduction of wide or flared nostrils

Following surgery, patients report feeling less self-conscious and more self-confident. They also report improved breathing and nasal congestion.

What will my initial consultation with Dr. Weber in Denver be like?

The first part of your initial consultation with Dr. Weber will include the following:

  • A thorough medical history review
  • A physical examination in which pictures will be taken for review
  • A discussion regarding your desires and expectations
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The second part of your consultation will be focused on creating a treatment plan that is right for you. You will work together with Dr. Weber to establish realistic goals. He will then explain how those goals will be achieved and show you what results you can expect. At the end of the consultation, Dr. Weber will invite you to ask questions and bring up any concerns you might have. He will patiently listen and then answer or address them. Dr. Weber will present you with access to our library of before and after photography for nose surgery patients in the Lone Tree and Denver areas.

Dr. Weber can also modify photos of your nose to help demonstrate the planned rhinoplasty result. This will help you to form realistic expectations about what it is possible to accomplish with the treatment. Additionally, you are encouraged to bring in your own photographs that will help Dr. Weber to better understand your personal tastes and artistic sensibilities. Rhinoplasty is such a delicate and personal procedure, so it is important that you and Dr. Weber reach a full mutual understanding before moving forward with treatment.

Why choose Weber Facial Plastic Surgery for rhinoplasty?

Dr. Weber is a highly experienced and trusted, double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon in Denver, CO, who goes above and beyond to deliver personalized, natural-looking outcomes. His elite training includes medical education at Boston University School of Medicine and a five-year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. Additionally, he completed a highly competitive Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at the prestigious University of Michigan. Dr. Weber has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, including medical journals and textbooks.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Dr. Weber is an active participant in multiple humanitarian projects that serve the most vulnerable populations with much-need medical care and other resources. He works with Face to Face, a nonprofit run by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons to provide pro bono surgery to the survivors of domestic violence.

Dr. Weber has over 15 years of experience performing rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgery. He will curate a customized plan for your rhinoplasty surgery including photo simulations of your planned result that will allow you to visualize and refine your goal rhinoplasty result. Rest assured that Dr. Weber performs 3-5 rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty procedures each week and is among the most experienced rhinoplasty surgeons in the country.

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Rhinoplasty FAQs

Where does Dr. Weber perform rhinoplasty procedures?

Rhinoplasty procedures are performed in one of our office procedure suites or at an ambulatory surgical center.

Are there risks associated with a rhinoplasty procedure?

There are risks associated with all surgical procedures. Risks specific to rhinoplasty include, but are not limited to, the following: nosebleed, infection, breathing difficulties, and swelling. These risks will be explained by Dr. Weber at your initial consultation.

Will I have a visible scar after my procedure?

Once fully healed, incisions usually result in a very fine line that is difficult to detect. Because Dr. Weber strategically places incisions in areas that naturally blend with the skin, patients oftentimes do not notice their scars.

What is the advantage of an open approach? When is the approach used?

The advantage of an open approach is that it allows for maximum exposure. It is typically used to correct an asymmetric or oversized nasal tip. It is also used on almost all patients who require a rhinoplasty revision and a cleft rhinoplasty.

What is the advantage of a closed approach? When is the approach used?

The advantage of a closed approach is that the incisions are hidden inside the nose. It is typically performed for procedures that involve the following:

  • Minor tips changes
  • Removal of a bump on the bridge of the nose
  • Straightening or narrowing the nose

It may also be used for procedures that modify the size and shape of the nostrils.

Can wide or flared nostrils be made more shapely?

Yes. In about one in three rhinoplasty procedures Dr. Weber will perform nostril reduction, also called nasal base reduction. This can make wide nostrils appear more narrow or reduce round, circular-appearing nostrils into a more aesthetically-pleasing pear or teardrop shape. While this is a very common maneuver used in ethnic rhinoplasty, it is also a very powerful tool during any type of rhinoplasty surgery.

Is it important to have my procedure performed by a seasoned rhinoplasty veteran?

Facial Plastic Surgeons who excel in rhinoplasty typically perform the procedure more often than other plastic surgeons. This enables them to develop the surgical skills that ensure consistent results.

How many rhinoplasty procedures does Dr. Weber perform a year?

Dr. Weber typically performs 100-150 rhinoplasty procedures a year.

Are all the rhinoplasty procedures Dr. Weber performs for cosmetic reasons?

Nearly every rhinoplasty that Dr. Weber performs has a cosmetic component. About one in three of Dr. Weber's cosmetic rhinoplasty patients also undergo additional work to improve their breathing.

Why will it take up to a year to see my final result?

Most patients are 95% of the way healed within three months after surgery. The remaining improvements are gradually seen over the course of nine months because it takes time for the nasal cartilage, particularly that of the nasal tip, to adjust to its new shape.

Can I see before and after photos of some of Dr. Weber’s rhinoplasty patients?

Of course! During your initial consultation, Dr. Weber will show you before and after pictures of his Denver rhinoplasty patients who most closely resemble your current nose and the nose that you would like to have.

What should I bring to my initial consultation?

You should bring a list of all the medications you take and a list of the medications you are allergic to. You should also bring a list of questions for Dr. Weber. If you would like to bring pictures for Dr. Weber to review, you may do so.

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