Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

The nose is a central feature of your face, and even slight flaws may upset facial symmetry, or detract from an otherwise pleasant appearance. Rhinoplasty in Anchorage at Alaska Center for Ear, Nose, and Throat (ACENT) is an option if you have problems with the appearance or function of your nose. The board-certified surgeons at ACENT perform rhinoplasty for people from Wasilla, Palmer, and beyond who want to improve the way their nose looks or to open partially blocked airways.



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Ideal Rhinoplasty Candidates

Women and men who are in good health and have realistic expectations about their results make good candidates for rhinoplasty. Possible improvements from the surgery include:

  • Making the nose smaller or larger
  • Reshaping a wide or crooked bridge
  • Raising or lowering the tip
  • Decreasing or enlarging the nostrils
  • Improving breathing

It is important to understand that rhinoplasty will probably not make your nose look exactly like someone else’s. Your surgeon will improve the aesthetics, and possibly function, of the nose you have.

What Are the Different Types of Rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs)?

There are 2 types of rhinoplasty: open and closed. The open technique allows the surgeon to observe the nasal cartilages after making a small external incision and peeling back the skin. It allows for greater access and is generally the preferred method. Closed rhinoplasty surgery involves incisions made on the inside of the nose and is typically reserved for simpler procedures.


Because the closed technique is less complicated, surgery often lasts no more than 2 hours. Open rhinoplasty surgeries will usually require at least 3 hours or more. Surgical time will increase if your rhinoplasty is combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures. Regardless of the approach, it is usually an outpatient procedure performed using general anesthesia.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Swelling and bruising are normal following rhinoplasty, although more pronounced and last longer after open rhinoplasty. Sutures will be removed a week after surgery and follow-up appointments are scheduled for 1 month and 3 months following the procedure. It may take up to 1 year for full rhinoplasty results to be realized.

Thank you. I am so grateful for the phenomenal results of my surgery. I sincerely appreciate your medical expertise and surgical skills. My scar line is invisible. I look like myself again. When I look in the mirror, I am thankful that you were my surgeon.

Dianne 55-year-old, facial melanoma patient

Rhinoplasty FAQ

Is rhinoplasty surgery painful?

Since the ACENT physicians rarely use nasal packing, most patients recuperate with little discomfort after the first few days.

How long will the results of my nose job last?

Expect your rhinoplasty results to last indefinitely as long as you don’t experience any trauma to the nose.

What’s the best age to get a rhinoplasty?

The ideal age range for rhinoplasty is after the patient’s facial development is complete (approximately age 15 for girls and 16 for boys) and while the tissues are most elastic (until around age 35 to 40). However, patients attain satisfying outcomes beyond their 40s. We encourage you to meet with one of our surgeons for a personalized assessment.

Are there any alternatives to rhinoplasty surgery?

Using dermal fillers to reshape the nose, called a liquid rhinoplasty, is a nonsurgical alternative to rhinoplasty. The results are temporary and typically not as dramatic; however, there is no anesthesia or downtime needed.

Can a rhinoplasty help me breathe better?

As ENT specialists, our surgeons can perform functional rhinoplasty, such as septoplasty or turbinate reduction, on its own to improve breathing or perform it along with cosmetic rhinoplasty to improve both form and function of the nose.

The decision to reshape your nose should be based on reasonable expectations and a solid understanding of what the surgery entails. If you would like to learn more about nose surgery, request a consultation with one of our doctors in Anchorage. You can also schedule your rhinoplasty consultation by phone at  (907) 279-8800.

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