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Dr. Mustoe's rhinoplasty patients can attest to the fact that small changes to the nose can yield vast improvements. This is because the nose is the central feature of the face, and directly affects facial harmony and symmetry. Since the nose plays such a large role in our appearance and our breathing, it's important choose your rhinoplasty surgeon in Chicago with care.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Mustoe specializes in nose surgery for both cosmetic and functional correction. To visit him in Chicago for rhinoplasty, request a consultation online. Or you can call us at (312) 695-6022 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

Why Choose Dr. Mustoe

Through extensive research and experience, Dr. Mustoe has developed several innovations for a better rhinoplasty procedure and result. These include:

  • Predictable, natural-looking outcomes
  • Use of local anesthesia with sedation
  • Shortened, more comfortable recovery
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Enhancing Your Nose with Rhinoplasty

Dr. Mustoe performs rhinoplasty – also called nose surgery or a "nose job" – in Chicago to improve the shape and structure of the nose. From a cosmetic standpoint, improvements may include one or more of the following:

  • Narrowing the bridge
  • Altering the angle or shape of the tip
  • Smoothing bumps or indentations
  • Reshaping large, wide or upturned nostrils

Nose surgery can also be performed to correct sinus or breathing problems, congenital defects, or damage caused by injury or prior surgeries. Often nose surgery combines both cosmetic and functional benefits, so you can look and feel your best.

Highly Qualified Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Dr. Mustoe believes that rhinoplasty results should be completely "transparent," meaning no one should be able to tell that you've had plastic surgery. He has extensive training and experience with this procedure, as he is board certified in both otolaryngology and plastic surgery. His years of research and experience have culminated in surgical innovations that achieve predictable, natural-looking results that enhance your appearance while still maintaining the character of your nose. Furthermore, Dr. Mustoe's patients experience a shorter, more comfortable recovery due to the use of these innovative techniques.

View before-and-after photos of Dr. Mustoe's rhinoplasty patients.

Leading Edge Rhinoplasty Techniques

Whether performed for cosmetic or functional improvement, nose surgery involves making changes to the internal framework of the nose. Dr. Mustoe will carefully make these changes to enhance the appearance of the nose. He may also correct such functional issues as a deviated septum, sinus problems or other breathing issues.

Dr. Mustoe accesses the interior anatomy of the nose by placing incisions within the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or through a small incision on the underside of the nose (open rhinoplasty). The approach Dr. Mustoe uses will depend on the issues being corrected. The open approach allows a change in the shape of the internal framework supporting the nose while retaining its strength, which allows confident correction of the deformity without fear of future collapse or pinching of the nose. Once all of the internal changes are complete, he repositions the skin and sutures the incision closed.

Dr. Mustoe's surgical techniques and precise dissection allow reshaping of the cartilage and bone with reduced need for grafts and major structural changes. He has developed a technique to precisely control the tip shape and projection which has allowed the large nose to be reduced in size without creating a surgically altered look. This allows for a more natural improvement of the nasal shape and an attractive nose without a drastic change in the patient's unique individual facial appearance. The goal of the surgery is to increase attractiveness while retaining enough of the individual characteristics of the nose that make a patient so identifiable to their family and friends.

Visit Dr. Mustoe's Rhinoplasty FAQ page for more information about this procedure.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Approximately 1/3 of the rhinoplasty procedures Dr. Mustoe performs are to correct undesirable outcomes from previous rhinoplasties performed elsewhere. Sometimes his revision rhinoplasty patients have had as many as 3 or 4 previous surgeries. Knowledge of the problems created from previous surgeries has given Dr. Mustoe the experience to avoid these problems.

A revision rhinoplasty is usually more involved and may take longer an initial rhinoplasty. It can involve harvesting cartilage from the ear or rib, and fascia grafts from the temple. Dr. Mustoe is able to do virtually all of these procedures under local anesthesia with sedation, with similar advantages in reduction and swelling and more rapid recovery.

Improved Recovery & Results

Following the procedure, the nose is splinted for about a week to stabilize it and aid in proper healing. During this time, most visible bruising should resolve. Patients typically can to return to work or normal activities in approximately 7 days. Initial swelling will subside within a few weeks, but changes in the shape of the nose will continue to emerge for up to a year.

While everyone's experience will be unique, Dr. Mustoe's patients typically benefit from a much more comfortable and shorter recovery than the average rhinoplasty patient. His techniques minimize tissue damage, bruising, and bleeding – therefore, his patients have less swelling, do not require nasal packing, and can feel good about their appearance as soon as the splint is removed. Most of Dr. Mustoe's patients require only over-the-counter pain medication to manage their discomfort.

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