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Rhinoplasty FAQ

Dr. Thomas Mustoe and Dr. Sinno, best known for exceptional rhinoplasty results, are board-certified plastic surgeons in Chicago. Many of their 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 and Dr. Sinno’s nose procedures.

Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno specialize 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) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

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.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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This patient came to Dr. Mustoe to discuss a rhinoplasty procedure in our Chicago office.Dr. Mustoe examined the patient and determined the best way to achieve the patient's goals. You can see the results in the patient's "after" photos. Read More
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This patient came to Dr. Mustoe for a rhinoplasty procedure ("nose job") in our Chicago office. You can see the dramatic result in the patient's profile view.
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This young woman came in for rhinoplasty (a "nose job") in our Chicago office. Dr. Mustoe performed the procedure, with subtle but beautiful results.
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This woman wanted to improve her nose through rhinoplasty (a "nose job") with Dr. Mustoe in our Chicago office. Her nose has been subtly altered for improved balance and proportion.  Read More
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After meeting with Dr. Mustoe for an initial consultation, this woman underwent rhinoplasty surgery (a "nose job") in our Chicago office.
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This young woman met with Dr. Mustoe for a plastic surgery consultation. After getting a good understanding of the patient's goals, Dr. Mustoe performed rhinoplasty surgery (a "nose job") in our Chicago office. Read More
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This young woman's rhinoplasty surgery ("nose job") in our Chicago office helped her make subtle improvements to the shape of her nose. Dr. Mustoe performed the procedure. Read More
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This young woman met with Dr. Mustoe for a rhinoplasty consultation in our Chicago office. After listening to her aesthetic goals, he worked with her to create a surgical plan, which ultimately produced the results seen here. Read More
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This young man came in for rhinoplasty (a "nose job") and discussed his ideal outcome with Dr. Mustoe. You can see the results in the "after" photos, from both the front and profile view. Read More
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This young woman met with Dr. Mustoe, who performed a rhinoplasty procedure ("nose job") in our Chicago office. You can see the effect of his work in the "after" photos. Read More
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This patient expressed her goals for rhinoplasty surgery (a "nose job") to Dr. Mustoe during their consultation in our Chicago office. Dr. Mustoe worked to create more favorable proportions in relation to her other facial features. Read More
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This young woman came to Dr. Mustoe for a rhinoplasty procedure ("nose job") in our Chicago office. You can see the results he achieved in her "after" photos.
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This young woman came in for rhinoplasty surgery (a "nose job"). She explained her aesthetic goals to Dr. Mustoe in our Chicago office, and he developed a surgical plan accordingly.
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Dr. Mustoe performed this young man's rhinoplasty surgery ("nose job") at our Chicago office. The results he achieved are visible in both the frontal and profile view. Read More
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This woman decided to undergo rhinoplasty with Dr. Mustoe in our Chicago office. In her "after" photos, you can see the subtle result.
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This young woman met with Dr. Mustoe about rhinoplasty surgery (a "nose job") in our Chicago office, and Dr. Mustoe performed the procedure according to the patient's aesthetic goals. Read More
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This woman had a "nose job" (rhinoplasty) with Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Mustoe after meeting with him and talking about her desired result.
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This man came in for rhinoplasty (a "nose job"). When they met in our Chicago office, he and Dr. Mustoe agreed on a surgical plan. You can see the new proportions Dr. Mustoe created in the patient's "after" photos. Read More
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This young woman underwent rhinoplasty surgery (a "nose job") in our Chicago office, which created a dramatic difference in her profile and facial proportions. Read More
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For this patient's rhinoplasty ("nose job"), Dr. Mustoe met with her in our Chicago office. Together, they decided on a plan that would meet her goals. You can see the subtle result in her "after" photos. Read More
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This woman decided to meet with Dr. Mustoe about rhinoplasty in our Chicago office. Dr. Mustoe worked with the patient to develop a surgical plan for her procedure.In the patient's "after" photos, you can see that Dr. Mustoe reshaped the patient's nose, creating new proportions that matched her goals. Read More
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This young woman came to see Dr. Mustoe about rhinoplasty surgery (a "nose job") in our Chicago office. During the procedure, he created a smoother line along the nasal bridge, which you can see in her "after" photos. Read More
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For this patient's rhinoplasty ("nose job"), Dr. Mustoe discussed her goals in our Chicago office. In surgery, he worked to bring the patient's goals to life. Read More
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This young woman underwent rhinoplasty surgery (a "nose job") with Dr. Mustoe in our Chicago office. Her results are subtle and natural looking, creating an overall improvement in facial symmetry. Read More
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This woman decided to make subtle changes to her nose. She sought out Dr. Mustoe for a rhinoplasty procedure (a "nose job") in our Chicago office.
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This woman came to Dr. Mustoe for a rhinoplasty procedure in our Chicago office. Dr. Mustoe performed the surgery after gaining a good understanding of the patient's goals. Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty in Chicago?

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 correct undesirable bumps or depressions, as well as bring the overall nose size into harmony with the rest of the face. Rhinoplasty can also address physical problems such as a deviated septum or other breathing obstructions. To see examples of Dr. Mustoe’s and Dr. Sinno’s nose surgeries, visit our rhinoplasty before-and-after photo gallery.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I’ve Had Rhinoplasty?

Our surgeons’ 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 their experience, they have 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.

Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno

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:

  • Predictable, natural-looking outcomes
  • Use of local anesthesia with sedation
  • Shortened, more comfortable recovery
  • Minimal bruising
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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, our surgeons almost always perform revisions of the nasal tip using the open method. Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno will explain the details of your procedure during your consultation. In general, if changes to the appearance of the tip are more than minor, they prefer 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 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.

What Can I Expect During My Recovery?

Your recuperation will depend on the extent of your surgery. Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno use specialized techniques to reduce discomfort and recovery time as well as minimize bleeding and bruising. Their 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 or Dr. Sinno Fix It?

In most cases, yes. About one-third of their rhinoplasty procedures are revisions of previous surgeries performed by other doctors. Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno have performed several successful rhinoplasties on patients who have had numerous nose surgeries. Learn more about their revision rhinoplasty techniques.

When Can I Return to My Normal Routine?

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

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