Rhinoplasty — Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery

Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job,” consists of surgery performed to change the way the proboscis looks and/or functions. The procedure can help a patient achieve a more balanced appearance, and it can improve breathing.

Rhinoplasty can also significantly boost your confidence. When you are unhappy with how your nose looks, it can adversely affect how you feel about your appearance and how you socially interact with others.

Improved functioning of the nose provides another benefit of rhinoplasty. If you are having difficulty breathing, for example, your doctor may recommend rhinoplasty. A nose job improves the way your nose operates, with related improvements in your overall quality of life.

Plastic surgeons consider rhinoplasty one of the most complicated cosmetic surgeries to perform. This is because the nasal passages are delicate, and the nose is relatively small. It takes a talented specialist to sculpt the nose and deliver a result that is more natural.

If you are seeking a plastic surgeon to perform rhinoplasty, look no further than New Orleans double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Ali Sadeghi. “Doctor Nola” as his patients and friends know him, is highly skilled and experienced in nasal surgery.

 Rhinoplasty Procedure Details

Rhinoplasty is a highly individualized surgery, and the methods and techniques that Dr. Sadeghi uses vary based on the patient’s individual needs. Dr. Sadeghi may reposition or remove bone or cartilage as needed to improve the appearance of the nose or one of its features, such as the nostrils or tip. Cartilage grafts may be used as well.

Rhinoplasty is performed taking an “open” or “closed” approach. With open rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision across the columella (the strip of skin separating the nostrils), and the skin is lifted to reveal the nasal structures underneath.

Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions made only inside the nostrils. With both approaches, rhinoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. A post-op overnight stay at a medical facility may sometimes be required.

In general, more complicated procedures that require the addition of cartilage and further manipulation of the nose’s shape are carried out with the open technique. Rhinoplasties that require less manipulation are performed with the closed approach.

 Rhinoplasty Cost

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of rhinoplasty is approximately $5,350. However, this cost does not include anesthesia, facility costs, and other associated expenses.

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Average Cost: $5,350
Recovery Time: ~ 6 weeks
Average Procedure Time: 1.5 – 3 hours
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 Timeline for Recovery

While each rhinoplasty patient recovers at their own pace, most patients experience the dissipation of the initial swelling after the first 10 to 14 days. Patients are often able to return to work after a week. The initial recovery is relatively quick, but it can take up to a year for the nose to completely stabilize.


Even though rhinoplasty consists of well-hidden incisions, it can still create visible scar tissue. The reality is that surgery of any kind leaves some type of scar tissue. Whenever an incision is made, the body naturally creates scar tissue to heal the wound. When scar tissue forms, it starts at the location of these incisions but can become noticeable without proper care and prevention.

Rhinoplasty patients who experience excess scar tissue will likely develop it around the nasal tip region. Because this area may appear swollen for a time after the procedure, you should raise any concerns about post-op scarring with Dr. Sadeghi.

Why Choose Doctor Nola?

Dr. Ali Sadeghi is a double board-certified New Orleans-area plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. In addition to his world-class education and training, Dr. Sadeghi has performed thousands of procedures, including numerous rhinoplasties, throughout his storied career.

As founder and medical director of the Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery in Metairie, Dr. Sadeghi is dedicated to serving the plastic and reconstructive surgery needs of patients throughout greater New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, and beyond.

At the Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery, Louisiana rhinoplasty patients receive compassionate, one-on-one care in a welcoming environment. The center uses state-of-the-art surgical techniques to achieve outstanding results with rhinoplasty and other plastic surgery procedures. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Sadeghi has provided the highest quality cosmetic procedures to his patients and has built a reputation as a leader in his field. With that in mind, check out our patient testimonials.

Who is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty patients should be in good health and should refrain from using cigarettes. Smoking can lead to poor blood flow and increase the risk of tissue damage.

A viable candidate for rhinoplasty must have already reached maturity. Facial growth in teens and young adults, for instance, can affect the appearance and function of the nose over time. An exception would be patients with a facial birth defect, such as cleft lip or cleft palate. Girls should ideally be at least 15 or 16 years old before having rhinoplasty, and boys should be at least 17 or 18.

Patients with one or more of the following conditions may want to consider rhinoplasty:

  • Dorsal hump — a bump at the bridge of the nose
  • Asymmetry — a nose that is deviated or twisted
  • Nasal width — a nose that is too narrow or too wide
  • Nasal airway problems — septal deviation and internal valve collapse
  • Prominent nasal tip — a large nasal tip that is round, bulbous, or disproportionate to the face
  • Post-traumatic deformities — misshapen nasal features after trauma or injury

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty from our patients and potential patients in the New Orleans area. To discuss your situation in more detail, call the Sadeghi Center at 504-322-7435 or reach out to us via live chat to schedule a consultation. You can also email a question to us at info@doctornola.com

What are some reasons for rhinoplasty?

Patients decide to have rhinoplasty for the following reasons:

  • Changing the size, shape, or angle of the nose
  • Creating a more symmetrical nasal appearance
  • Straightening a dip or hump in the nose
  • Improving the appearance of the nostrils
  • Correcting a deviated septum
  • Improving breathing
  • Repairing the nose after injury or trauma
What can I expect from a rhinoplasty procedure?

Rhinoplasty is performed either under general or local anesthesia with sedation. As a result, make arrangements for a family member or friend to drive you home after the surgery. The procedure typically takes 1.5 to 3 hours to complete.

Is rhinoplasty painful?

During rhinoplasty, the medical staff will administer anesthesia, which will make you much more comfortable. Rhinoplasty generally does not involve pain. However, following the procedure, you may experience some minor pain in the early stages of healing. Over-the-counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen can usually alleviate the symptoms.

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How can rhinoplasty improve my nose’s function?

While rhinoplasty is typically considered a cosmetic procedure, it can also improve the function of the nose. A deviated septum (the cartilage between the nostril structure) or another structural imperfection within the nose sometimes causes breathing problems. Even a small deformity, either from a trauma or one that is naturally occurring, can cause ongoing discomfort. Symptoms of a deviated septum include nasal congestion, sinus infection, nosebleeds, headaches, and difficulty sleeping.


Dr. Sadeghi corrects the nasal structure by repairing a deviated septum to clear the airways. This will greatly reduce symptoms, thereby allowing the patient to breathe easier and get more restful sleep.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

It’s critical that you consult with a board-certified surgeon to determine if you are a viable candidate for rhinoplasty. You may be an appropriate candidate if you are in good health and want to improve the overall shape and appearance of your nose, improve your nasal symmetry, or correct a deformity.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Sadeghi will examine your nose and discuss your rhinoplasty goals. As part of the consult, Dr. Sadeghi makes sure that you are a reasonable candidate physically, mentally, and emotionally.

What measures help prevent rhinoplasty-related scarring?

It’s critical that you consult with a board-certified surgeon to determine if you are a viable candidate for rhinoplasty. You may be an appropriate candidate if you are in good health and want to improve the overall shape and appearance of your nose, improve your nasal symmetry, or correct a deformity.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Sadeghi will examine your nose and discuss your rhinoplasty goals. As part of the consult, Dr. Sadeghi makes sure that you are a reasonable candidate physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Here are things you can do to reduce the occurrence of scar tissue following a rhinoplasty:

  • Don’t smoke or drink – Nicotine constricts the blood vessels and contributes to poor healing, including scarring. Alcohol causes skin dehydration and can promote swelling and bleeding.
  • Follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions – These guidelines help you heal faster. By following these instructions, you can avoid complications and quickly achieve the desired results.
  • Don’t strain yourself – Any physical activity that causes a spike in your blood pressure may increase your risk of developing scars.

Alternative Options

The non-surgical nose job is a new alternative for patients interested in improving the shape of their nose without undergoing surgery. The benefits of a non-surgical nose job are faster results and quicker healing time.

A nose job without surgery makes use of injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Restylane® to shape the nose. These fillers allow patients to obtain fast results with minimal, if any, healing time. When the nasal imbalance is minor, a non-surgical nose job can sometimes provide patients with exceptional results and a better overall appearance.

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Rhinoplasty can dramatically improve the appearance of your nose and allow it to complement your other facial features. It is a highly specialized procedure, so be sure to turn to a surgeon with the right skill, experience, and track record of satisfied clients to perform your surgery. Dr. Ali Sadeghi has earned a reputation as one of the premier plastic surgeons in his field, so be sure to reach out to schedule a consultation with him by calling (504) 322-7435 today.

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