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What is Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, Washington, led by Dr. Kristopher M. Day, caters to individuals looking to improve the appearance of their nose, enhancing facial symmetry and balance. Dr. Day, a double-board certified surgeon, uses patient-specific techniques for natural-looking results. This procedure is suitable for a wide range of candidates, including those with structural nasal issues or seeking gender affirmation. It involves thorough planning, precise execution, and dedicated post-operative care.

Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

Your rhinoplasty consultation at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery is a comprehensive session where Dr. Kristopher M. Day attentively listens to your concerns and objectives regarding your nose’s appearance. This consultation is designed to be a collaborative process. Dr. Day will discuss your aesthetic or functional goals for rhinoplasty, considering factors like the size, shape, and overall structure of your nose in relation to your facial features. The session includes an examination of your nose, an explanation of the procedure, potential outcomes, and the development of a personalized treatment plan. It’s an opportunity for you to understand the procedure, ask questions, and set realistic expectations for the results. This personalized approach ensures that the plan aligns with your specific needs and goals for rhinoplasty.

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Good Candidates for a Rhinoplasty

Good candidates for rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, serving the Seattle community, include individuals seeking aesthetic or functional improvements to their nose. Ideal candidates are typically those in good overall health, have completed facial growth (usually 15 years or older), and have realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcome. The surgery is also suitable for those addressing issues such as a deviated septum, nasal obstruction, or dissatisfaction with their nose’s appearance, including concerns related to size, shape, or alignment. Additionally, rhinoplasty can be an option for individuals seeking gender affirmation. Each candidate is evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure the best possible results tailored to their unique facial structure and personal goals.

Benefits of a Rhinoplasty

At Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, we recognize the significance of your nose in harmonizing your facial features. Whether you feel your nose is disproportionately large, small, or just not in sync with your overall facial structure, considering rhinoplasty could be a beneficial step. This surgical procedure, commonly referred to as a nose job, aims to reshape your nose, enhancing facial symmetry and overall aesthetics. We're committed to offering this transformative service to our clients in Bellevue, and surrounding areas like Seattle, addressing both cosmetic and functional aspects to achieve a pleasing and balanced appearance.

Preparing for a Rhinoplasty Procedure

Preparing for rhinoplasty at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery involves several key steps. Under the guidance of Dr. Kristopher M. Day, patients are advised to stop tobacco use well in advance of the surgery to minimize risks. A thorough review of medications, supplements, and vitamins is conducted to identify any that might need to be paused before the procedure. Additionally, arrangements for post-surgery transportation are essential, as driving is not advisable immediately following the surgery. These preparations are crucial for ensuring a safe and effective rhinoplasty experience.

What to Expect During a Rhinoplasty Procedure

When undergoing rhinoplasty surgery at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, catering to the Seattle area, patients can expect a detailed and personalized experience. The procedure involves careful planning and execution by Dr. Kristopher M. Day, tailored to each individual’s aesthetic goals and facial structure. The surgery typically lasts 3-4 hours under general anesthesia in a state-of-the-art Surgical Center. Post-procedure, patients receive thorough guidance for recovery, ensuring comfort and optimal healing.

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Recovering From a Rhinoplasty

Recovery from rhinoplasty at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery involves specific aftercare to ensure optimal healing. Patients are typically provided with a nasal splint and guidance on head elevation to aid the healing process. Although a stuffy nose is common, patients can breathe comfortably through the mouth and may use recommended nasal sprays for cleanliness and moisture. The recovery period often involves managing swelling, bruising, or discomfort, with prescribed pain medications if necessary. A period of rest from work and abstaining from strenuous activities is advised to facilitate a smooth recovery.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a "nose job," is a surgical procedure to alter the shape or improve the function of the nose. It can address aesthetic concerns, structural issues, or both.

Ideal candidates are individuals seeking to change their nose's appearance, correct breathing issues, or repair deformities from injury. Candidates should be in good health, with complete facial growth, and realistic expectations.

Rhinoplasty involves reshaping the nasal structures, including bone and cartilage. This can be done via an open (external) or closed (internal) approach, depending on the specific alterations needed.

Recovery typically involves swelling, bruising, and some discomfort. Most patients return to work and normal activities within a couple of weeks, but full healing can take up to a year.

As with any surgery, risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, and anesthesia complications. There are also specific risks such as nasal septal perforation, changes in sensation, or dissatisfaction with cosmetic results.

The results of rhinoplasty are typically long-lasting. The final shape of your nose will be apparent after it has completely healed, and these changes are usually permanent.

Scarring from rhinoplasty is generally minimal. In the case of open rhinoplasty, a small scar at the base of the nose may be present, but it typically fades over time.

The cost varies depending on the complexity of the surgery. A detailed quote will be provided during your consultation.

Yes, various financing options are available to assist with the costs of the surgery.

Bring a list of your current medications, any relevant medical history, and specific goals or concerns regarding the rhinoplasty.



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Kristopher M. Day, MD, FACS

1260 116th Avenue NE, Suite 201

Bellevue, WA 98004



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Rhinoplasty is usually called a “nose job,” and can be indicated for a variety of reasons, both aesthetic and functional. The reshaping of the nose may be needed after a traumatic event, resection of a lesion, an inborn structural problem, or for cosmetic reasons alone. This procedure can enhance facial harmony by improving the nose’s proportion in relation to the rest of the face or change the shape of the nose itself to a more favorable form or better function for breathing.

The upper nose is made of bone, and the lower two-thirds is made of cartilage, both of which can be changed during a nasal procedure. Some things that rhinoplasty specifically treats are the:

  • Size of the nose
  • Contour of the nasal profile, such as a hump or bump
  • Width or straightness of the nasal bridge
  • Appearance of the nasal tip, such as making a large tip appear more petite
  • Adjustment of the angle between the nose and the upper lip
  • Opening width of the nostrils and respiratory function
  • Symmetry of features that differ between right or left sides of the nose
  • Realignment of the septum of the nose (also known as “septoplasty”)
  • Reduction of the nasal cavity lining structures (called “turbinates”)

If you are interested in a nose job for any reason, keep in mind that this procedure requires surgery in an operating room and you should expect some recovery time. Rhinoplasty is usually performed by a surgeon with advanced training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Simple nasal surgery can be performed as an outpatient surgery in an ambulatory surgical center or in a surgeon`s office, though complex procedures may take longer and require more recovery time. But improved breathing, facial balance and alignment of your nose are all possible with this procedure.

If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty, reach out to Kristopher M. Day, MD, FACS by emailing Info@KrisDayPlasticSurgery.com to schedule a complementary consultation. Dr. Day has specialized training in surgery of the face and nose and would be happy talk to you more about rhinoplasty or other plastic surgery procedures!