“I was fortunate to train in a time and a very diverse place like New York University where rhinoplasty was a very common operation.  Couple that with the congenital and nasal deformity and cancer nasal reconstruction that I’ve worked over the years and what you develop is a good understanding of what can be done safely and with a reliable success rate.” – Dr. Scott McDonald



What is a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a procedure done to reshape the nose. Rhinoplasty is a very individualized surgery and can be done for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. An ENT may recommend rhinoplasty surgery if you have obstructed airways, a birth defect impairing breathing or trauma that has affected breathing.

Dr. Scott McDonald has extensive training and experience to help you during your Rhinoplasty surgery process. During your initial rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. McDonald will perform an examination of your nose and airways.  This will include identifying functional problems, as well as cosmetic issues of concern. Dr. McDonald will review your history of any previous surgeries or trauma to the nose and any seasonal allergy problems that you might have. Be prepared and bring any imaging or reports you have had regarding your nose.


Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

You might choose to have a rhinoplasty procedure to:

  • Correct a congenital abnormality 
  • Improve your overall appearance
  • Open blocked nasal passages 
  • Repair a facial fracture, like a broken nose
  • Restore breathing function after disease, cancer treatments, traumatic injuries or burns

A candidate for rhinoplasty should:

  • Be finished growing and in good physical health.
  • Not smoke.
  • Understand the limitations of nose surgery and have reasonable goals for the procedure.



What Can I Expect After the Rhinoplasty Surgery?

The Rhinoplasty Surgery procedure can take between 2-4 hours and is typically performed as an outpatient procedure in a hospital or surgical center setting.

You can expect swelling and puffiness during the first 48-72 hours after the rhinoplasty surgery.  You will be advised to keep your head elevated for 48 hours and apply cold compresses to alleviate the swelling.   The bruising commonly associated with nose surgery usually peaks at 72 hours, disappearing after 7 – 10 days.  Ice applied to the area will help reduce the bruising.  In the event that you wear eyeglasses, they will need to be fixed away from the nose. Typically, you may return to work after a week after rhinoplasty surgery, in the event your work does not require too much physical activity.