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Dr. Thomas Mustoe is a Chicago rhinoplasty specialist and plastic surgeon. Many of his patients are curious about rhinoplasty, also known as a "nose job," and its benefits. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about Dr. Mustoe's nose procedures.

Dr. Mustoe specializes in rhinoplasty for both cosmetic and functional correction. If you are considering plastic surgery such as a nose job in Chicago, request a consultation online. Or, you can call us at (312) 695-6022 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

The best candidates for rhinoplasty are in good physical health and wish to change the appearance or function of their noses. Females should be at least 13 years old and should have reached full facial growth. Males should not be operated on until after puberty which would generally be about 16 years old.

What can rhinoplasty repair?

Rhinoplasty can correct physical issues of the nose, such as an overly wide bridge, a mispositioned tip or overly large nostrils. It can eliminate undesirable bumps or depressions, as well as bring the overall nose size into harmony with the rest of the face. Rhinoplasty can also correct physical problems such as a deviated septum or other breathing obstructions. To see examples of Dr. Mustoe's nose surgeries, visit our rhinoplasty before-and-after photo gallery.

Will people be able to tell that I've had rhinoplasty?

Dr. Mustoe's main goal when performing rhinoplasty is to create a "transparent" outcome – a natural appearance that does not reveal that you have had nose surgery. In his experience he has been completely successful in avoiding the operated look. Dr. Mustoe is board certified in both plastic surgery and otolaryngology, which ensures that he has both the skill and the experience to achieve dramatic results while keeping the character and function of your nose intact.

Will my rhinoplasty be "closed" or "open"?

Whether your procedure will be done from inside the nostrils (closed) or include a small incision under the nose (open) will depend on your individual needs. For example, Dr. Mustoe almost always performs revisions of the nasal tip using the open method. Dr. Mustoe will explain the details of your procedure during your consultation. In general, if changes to the appearance of the tip are more than minor, he prefers the open approach. It allows reshaping of the tip while retaining a strong structure to avoid undesirable changes during the healing period.

What kind of anesthetic will be used?

Dr. Mustoe typically uses local anesthesia with sedation for rhinoplasty. He finds that nausea is minimized, and the postoperative phase is smoother which minimizes swelling and bruising.

What can I expect during my recovery?

Your recuperation will depend on the extent of your surgery. Dr. Mustoe has developed specialized techniques to reduce discomfort and recovery time as well as minimize bleeding and bruising. His patients do not need nasal packing unless there is extensive work internally on the turbinates for breathing problems. You will wear a splint for about 5 to 7 days. The swelling is modest, and patients feel comfortable with their appearances as soon as the splint is removed. Bruising usually resolves within 7 days of surgery, and any residual is easily covered with makeup. Most of the swelling is resolved within 6 weeks, with subtle changes in the appearance of your nose gradually over the first year following surgery.

I'm not happy with the results of a previous rhinoplasty.
Can Dr. Mustoe fix it?

In most cases, yes. About one third of Dr. Mustoe's rhinoplasty procedures are revisions of previous surgeries performed by other doctors. Dr. Mustoe has performed several successful rhinoplasties on patients who have had 3 or even 4 previous nose surgeries.

When can I return to my normal routine?

Most of Dr. Mustoe's rhinoplasty patients can resume their normal schedule, including returning to work, after about a week.

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