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Grant A. Fairbanks, MD

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery



Rhinoplasty/"Nose Job"​

Overview of Rhinoplasty

1. Commonly referred to as a “Nose Job”

2. Also known as Nasal Surgery

3. Corrects undesirable nasal appearance

4. Corrects Nasal Airway Obstruction if associated

5. Uses advanced surgical techniques

6. Uses an anatomical approach

7. Addresses both form and function of the nose

About Rhinoplasty

The nose is one of the more distinguishing features of the face. When someone is uncomfortable with the appearance of their nose, it can be a personal distraction. An undesirable nasal appearance can be corrected with the procedure known as Rhinoplasty, frequently referred to as a “Nose Job.”

This is a facial plastic surgery procedure that is known for making people feel more confident about themselves. A Rhinoplasty is often associated with a Septoplasty—correction of the nasal airway—to help one breathe better. These procedures, both Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty, can greatly improve a person’s quality-of-life.

Unfortunately, there are cases where prior nasal surgery was performed in another office giving the patient unsatisfactory results. The cosmetic results may be less than desired, or the airway may still be obstructed. Just as the flaws of accident-and-nature may be corrected, the flaws of prior Rhinoplasty may also be corrected, with a nose job in Salt Lake City. This procedure is called a Secondary Rhinoplasty or a Revisionary Rhinoplasty.

Please see the page on Secondary Rhinoplasty for more information.

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

Candidates for Rhinoplasty

Typically, the Rhinoplasty candidate is one who has an undesirable nasal appearance.

Occasionally these patients will have difficulty breathing, requiring Septoplasty / Nasal Airway Surgery.

Other factors include:

1. Asymmetrical nose

2. Completion of facial growth—typically 16 years of age and older

3. Good physical health

4. Non-Smoker, no use of Tobacco Products

5. Positive outlook and realistic expectations

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

Details of the Rhinoplasty Procedure

The average Rhinoplasty addresses form and function—to the outward appearance, as well as the airway to improve breathing. The goal of a nose job is to have a nose that looks good and breathes well.

There are multiple approaches to nasal surgery—the approach depends on the extent of the procedure needed to address the individual concerns. It is difficult to review all of the intricate details in this segment. In short, an anatomical correction is achieved by taking one’s own anatomy and enhancing the form of the nose to be more desirable. Areas commonly addressed include: the nasal dorsum (the hump), the nasal tip, the width of the nose, and the internal airway.

During a personal consultation, Dr. Fairbanks will be able to discuss the various areas to be corrected and the individual details for the proposed nose job procedure. A Secondary or Revisionary Rhinoplasty requires advanced surgical techniques and artistry to achieve the desired goals.

Internal Nasal Airway Surgery is often done in conjunction with the cosmetic Rhinoplasty. This straightens a deviated septum and opens the airway for better breathing.

Once the Rhinoplasty is completed and the improved shape is achieved, the work is protected with internal nasal packing and an external nasal splint. This allows for the new nose to better retain the desired results.

Dr. Fairbanks uses the patient’s own tissues when doing nasal surgery. This allows the nose to be sculpted into an optimal shape without the risk of rejection of implanted material. The use of synthetic materials, other than suture, is discouraged in Rhinoplasty surgery. These materials have been known to work their way out of the nose, causing an unfortunate deformity and scarring.

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

Recovery from Rhinoplasty Surgery

1. Taking 2 weeks off work is recommended

2. Avoid strenuous activity for 6 weeks

3. Avoid contact sports for 6 weeks

4. Heavy lifting is discouraged during healing process

5. A cool mist humidifier is encouraged for comfort

6. Pain medication is provided for discomfort

7. Allow 3-6 months for the swelling to subside

One should plan on 1-2 weeks off from work. The overall recovery of a Rhinoplasty depends on the individual patient’s health. Initially, there will be some discomfort, which lessens day by day. Pain medications will help. A cool mist humidifier is encouraged for comfort due to mouth-breathing while the nose is packed. Once the packing is removed, a lighter external splint will be provided. Strenuous activities, to include exercise and sports, are discouraged for the first 6 weeks while the healing tissues have a chance to become stronger. Even though immediate results are appreciated shortly after the splint is removed, it takes 3-6 months for all of the swelling to subside. The scars will be difficult to see as they are well hidden. A healthy lifestyle will help with recovery.

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

What can I expect?

Dr. Fairbanks has extensive experience in dealing with nasal problems. He is an artist. He combines medical science with art to be able to achieve impressive results. This has been demonstrated by the satisfaction of his patients, both cosmetic and reconstruction patients, such as those with cleft lip nasal deformities. Every care and attention will be taken to maintain your health and well-being while providing you the optimal result from your Cosmetic Plastic Surgery operation.

Will my results last?

Results of nasal surgery will vary with each patient. The anatomic approach used by Dr. Fairbanks allows the nose to retain the new shape and opened airway. Avoidance of activities that may injure the nose will help to maintain the new appearance.

About Dr. Fairbanks

Dr. Grant A. Fairbanks is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed an internship in El Paso, Texas at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Thereafter Dr. Fairbanks served as a General Medical Officer in the U.S. Military at Raymond W. Bliss Army Community Hospital at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. His training in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery was completed at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, affiliated with Penn State University. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

To further his training he accepted a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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