Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Thomas Mustoe and Dr. Sammy Sinno are rhinoplasty specialists in Chicago who have performed more than 3,000 rhinoplasty procedures to date. Their rhinoplasty patients can attest to the fact that small changes to the nose can create vast improvements.
Few plastic surgeons in the world can match Dr. Mustoe’s extensive training and experience performing rhinoplasty. In addition to being a board-certified plastic surgeon, he is also certified in otolaryngology. Dr. Sinno also has extensive training in rhinoplasty, having worked closely with some of the busiest rhinoplasty surgeons in the country while training in New York City. Dr. Mustoe’s and Dr. Sinno’s expertise enable them to produce subtle rhinoplasty results that are completely “transparent,” meaning no one should be able to tell that you’ve had plastic surgery. 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, patients experience a shorter, more comfortable recovery as a result of the innovative techniques Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno use.
Why Choose Dr. Mustoe & Dr. Sinno
Through extensive research and experience, Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno have developed several
innovations that contribute to a better rhinoplasty procedure and result, characterized by:
Whether performed for cosmetic or functional improvement, rhinoplasty–also called nose surgery or a “nose job”–involves making changes to the internal framework of the nose. Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno will carefully make these changes to enhance the appearance of the nose. They may also correct such functional issues as a deviated septum, sinus problems, or other breathing issues. Your doctor will explain the details of your procedure during your consultation.
How Much Is a Nose Job (Rhinoplasty) in Chicago?
The cost of rhinoplasty in Chicago can range from $2,000 to $15,000. Several factors influence the cost of any cosmetic surgery procedure, and the range can be fairly wide. That’s especially true for rhinoplasty, which is considered one of the more complicated procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Cosmetic surgery costs also vary depending on the geographic location of the practice. Factors such as the plastic surgeon’s experience and level of expertise, whether the procedure is a primary rhinoplasty or a revision surgery, and the extent of the surgery all influence the final cost. A full rhinoplasty, for example, will cost more than a procedure that only involves the tip of the nose.
We provide a detailed quote following your consultation, so you’ll know exactly what is included in the price of the surgery.
Will My Rhinoplasty Be “Closed” or “Open”?
Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno access 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 your surgeon 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 during the healing period. Our surgeons almost always perform revisions of the nasal tip using the open method. In general, if changes to the appearance of the tip are more than minor, they prefer the open approach.
The Subtle “Nose Job”
Using precise surgical techniques Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno can reshape the cartilage and bone while reducing the need for grafts and major structural changes. They can reduce the size of a large nose without creating a surgically altered look using a technique Dr. Mustoe developed to precisely control the shape and projection of the tip. Without drastic changes to the patient’s unique appearance, Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno create a more aesthetically pleasing nose that naturally enhances their other facial characteristics.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty in Chicago?
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are in good physical health and want to improve the shape and structure of the nose. From a cosmetic standpoint, improvements may include one or more of the following:
Narrowing a wide bridge
Refining the shape of the tip
Smoothing bumps or indentations
Reshaping large, wide, or upturned nostrils
Decreasing the overall size of the nose
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.
During the consultation, Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno will thoroughly examine you, carefully listen to your aesthetic concerns, and educate you on the anatomical considerations in achieving your goals, carefully. They use 3-D imaging to help you visualize what the postoperative result will look like.
“If I could give Dr. Mustoe more than five stars, I would! I only wish I would have had the procedure done a lot sooner. Dr. Mustoe did an amazing job. He listened to exactly what I wanted. The recovery time was a breeze due to his technique. I had MINIMAL bruising and did not need any painkillers. I was back to traveling in a week. I HIGHLY recommend him.”
Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno approach rhinoplasty for men differently than they do for women. Though they perform the procedure using the same fundamental methods, they place the aesthetic focus on balancing facial harmony and creating a natural-looking, masculine nose through rhinoplasty. As they adjust the nasal bridge, tip, bumps, nostrils, and the overall size of the nose as needed, they make subtle adjustments to improve the nose’s appearance without creating drastic changes to the face.
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What Kind of Anesthetic Will Be Used?
Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno typically use local anesthesia with sedation for rhinoplasty. They find that nausea is minimized, and the postoperative phase is smoother which minimizes swelling and bruising.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Rhinoplasty?
Patients typically can return to work, school, and normal activities in approximately 7 days. Following the procedure, the nose is splinted for about a week to stabilize it and aid in proper healing. While everyone’s experience will be unique, Dr. Mustoe’s and Dr. Sinno’s patients typically benefit from a much more comfortable and shorter recovery than the average rhinoplasty patient. Their techniques minimize tissue damage, bruising, and bleeding—therefore, their patients have less swelling, usually do not require nasal packing, and can feel good about their appearance as soon as the splint is removed. Most patients require only over-the-counter pain medication to manage their discomfort. Learn more about what to expect during recovery in our Ultimate Rhinoplasty Recovery Guide blog post.
Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips
Apply an Ice pack over your eyes - on for 15 minutes, off for 5 minutes - for the first 8 to 12 hours after surgery.
Sleep propped up with 2 to 3 pillows or in a recliner for the first 3 days.
Avoid wearing glasses with heavy frames, including sunglasses, for at least 2 weeks.
Take a break from your workouts for about a week, then ease back into them.
How Long Before I See Results From Rhinoplasty?
The improved appearance of the nose gradually emerges as most of the swelling dissipates for 6 weeks after surgery. Subtle changes in the appearance of the nose continue over the first year. TLKM Plastic Surgery
Does Rhinoplasty Leave a Scar?
Closed rhinoplasty scars are not visible as they are placed only inside the nostrils. Open rhinoplasty scars are very small and designed to be hidden along the columella, the thin strip of tissue between the nostrils. You may have a very faint, very small line that is typically barely visible, especially when closed with detailed attention to the sutures.
What Is Revision Rhinoplasty?
Approximately 1/3 of the rhinoplasty procedures performed at our practice are revision rhinoplasty procedures to correct undesirable outcomes from previous rhinoplasties performed elsewhere. Sometimes our revision patients have had as many as 3 or 4 previous surgeries. Knowledge of the problems created from previous surgeries has given the doctors the experience to avoid these problems in their primary rhinoplasty procedures.
A revision rhinoplasty procedure is usually more involved and may take longer than an initial rhinoplasty. It can involve harvesting cartilage from the ear or rib, and fascia grafts from the temple. Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno are able to do virtually all of these procedures under local anesthesia with sedation, with similar advantages in reduction and swelling and more rapid recovery.
Dr. Thomas Mustoe and Dr. Sammy Sinno are considered among the top rhinoplasty specialists in Chicago for both cosmetic and functional correction. To visit them for a plastic surgery consult, please request a consultation online. Or you can call us at
(312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
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One of the biggest concerns patients have about getting a nose job (rhinoplasty) is recovery. Chicago men and women who consult with us are worried the recovery will be uncomfortable and that they’ll ruin the results if they sneeze or blow their nose even once. That’s not true, although you can take several steps to […]
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