Rhinoplasty Procedure Overview

Thank you for taking the time to read about rhinoplasty; there is a great deal of misinformation, so it’s good to be cautious when researching the procedure. This page is designed to take you through everything you need to know. As with everything, the details make this operation a success or a failure. Dr. Robb uses ultrasonic rhinoplasty techniques to create a nose that looks and breathes better without brutal breaking of the bones!

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How a Rhinoplasty Can Help You Breathe

The nose is the focal point of the face. We repeatedly see that a nose that breathes well and looks excellent can change your life. We don’t say that easily; we hear it every week, sometimes daily!

Life is easier when you can breathe. Snoring can stop, food can taste better, and your sense of smell heightened; at our last review, 87% of our patients breathe better in the recovery room after Dr. Robb’s rhinoplasty procedure than before surgery. 70% of those patients reported ‘no breathing issues’ at their first consultation.

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Rhinoplasty Before & After Photos

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Am I An Ideal Candidate For Rhinoplasty Surgery in Atlanta?

If you’re interested in discussing changing the shape of your nose or increasing your ability to breathe, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us. At a glance, ideal rhinoplasty candidates:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have desired this change for an extended period
  • Feel that their nose doesn’t fit their face
  • Don’t like their nose’s appearance
  • Have experienced nasal trauma that resulted in nasal deformity
  • They cannot breathe through their nose
  • Have undergone previous nasal surgery with unsatisfactory results

The nasal bones should be fully grown—about age 15 for girls and a bit older for boys. These procedures are highly customized and are not 'one-size-fits-all,' so you will learn how age affects candidacy during the consultation process. 

Dr. Robb Jr.’s Approach To Rhinoplasty – a Pure Specialist

The first nasal reshaping procedure dates back to the 6th century B.C., using hammers and chisels, which are still used by most surgeons today. The thoughts, theories, and techniques have advanced tremendously in the last ten years, coming from worldwide. A thorough understanding of nasal anatomy and facial relationships is paramount in nasal surgery. Trust your nose to a facial surgeon who fully understands these intricacies.

Dr. Robb is committed to staying current, and since this is his absolute specialty, he feels it’s his duty and obligation to bring each patient the absolute best that the industry offers. The second-generation born and bred nasal surgeon is fully trained and board certified in Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery (ENT) and as a facial plastic surgeon.

This means that he is extensively trained in every aspect of the nose, including:

  • Nose shape
  • Appearance
  • Deviated septum
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Septal perforations

Occasionally, anomalies within the nose are not identified until surgery. Dr. Robb can address these issues and has the skills, instruments, and resources to do so. 

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty With Natural-Looking Results

One method we use to create natural-looking results is called ethnic rhinoplasty. Ethnic rhinoplasty is a specialized type of nasal surgery performed to preserve the unique nasal features of patients from various ethnic backgrounds. For example, African American rhinoplasty can:

  • Improve the nasal bridge
  • Narrow the nostrils
  • Define the nasal tip while preserving cultural features
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Nasal Reconstruction After Skin Cancer

Atlanta and Alpharetta facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip K. Robb Jr. also specializes in nose reconstruction after skin cancer resection. These procedures require a complete understanding of nasal anatomy, function, and appearance. Reconstructing the nose after significant cancer surgery requires extensive knowledge and comfort with primary and revision rhinoplasty.

Preparation for a Rhinoplasty

Dr. Robb Jr. performs nasal reshaping safely, intending to achieve the best results combined with the shortest recovery time possible. What surgical technique will be used is discussed during your consult, and what results are realistic. That is why we often use morphed photos to give you an idea of the expected outcome.

Here are some ways you should prepare for a rhinoplasty:

  • Arrange for adequate recovery time to allow your body to heal
  • Stop all blood thinners and NSAIDs (such as Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, and Aleve) two weeks before your procedure
  • You can pick up post-procedure medications before your day of surgery
  • Arrange transportation to and from our office in advance
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Rhinoplasty Consultation

“Educated patients make better decisions” is what Dr. Robb believes! If you’re thinking about altering your nose, you owe it to yourself to discuss it with Dr. Robb. A nose can make or break a beautiful face; nobody understands this better than nasal expert surgeon Dr. Robb Jr. 

Your consultation process starts with a detailed conversation with one of our fantastic patient coordinators. You will receive price ranges, scheduling information, and complex procedural information. We will ask you to send in photos which Dr. Robb will review before setting up a consultation. Most patients schedule their surgery at this appointment, so bring your calendar! 

Dr. Robb will meet you during your consultation and thoroughly examine your nose. This is a comfortable meeting where you are getting to know each other, so we take great care to answer all your questions. He will then use our educational morphing software to teach you about your nose, which is done from the side view of the nose so that you can see what’s possible in terms of realistically changing the nose and producing a beautiful result.

Please note that Dr. Robb does not offer surgery to every patient. This consultation evaluates whether we are a good team and can accomplish your goals.

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Rhinoplasty Procedure Details with Dr. Robb

Dr. Robb Jr. performs all rhinoplasties in Atlanta in our exclusive, private, state-of-the-art North Point Surgery Center. This beautiful, accredited, and certified surgery center is the crown jewel attached to our office. Your medications are administered by one of our three board-certified Anesthesiologists, featuring only “top-shelf anesthesia” techniques. These techniques are incredibly safe, yield a quick recovery without the hangover, and have nausea rates of .01%. 

Your procedure begins with a check-in and meeting with Dr. Robb in the pre-op area so he can answer any last-minute questions you may have. Dr. Robb will make some markings on your nose, and we will review our plan again to ensure that it is thorough, thoughtful, and complete.

Upon waking up, a nasal dressing will be in place to protect the results and prevent complications. Dr. Robb does not use packing in the nose; a splint is usually specially customized and placed outside the nose for one week.

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A Note on Traditional Rhinoplasty Recovery

Recovery after a regular rhinoplasty procedure can be pretty challenging. The use of hammers and chisels during the surgery can cause significant trauma to the nose, resulting in intense bruising. Patients can expect to experience deep, dark purple-black eyes and swelling around the cheeks for up to 2-3 weeks. Additionally, a stuffy nose can persist for 5-10 days, and heavy swelling lasts 1-2 months. Patients may also experience significant pain, requiring narcotic pain medications for 5-10 days. Moreover, there is a higher risk of postoperative bleeding, which can prolong the recovery process.

Ultrasound rhinoplasty provides a much easier recovery process. Patients undergoing this less invasive rhinoplasty procedure can still expect some swelling, albeit significantly less than traditional rhinoplasty. Recovery time typically spans two to three weeks, during which pain, bruising, and numbness may be experienced, along with a visible scar at the incision point. However, these side effects will gradually lessen with time, and the incision scar will fade. Dr. Robb will customize a recovery plan for each patient and personally oversee their progress. Robb Facial Plastic Surgery offers a range of post-operative treatments, including the Rapid Recovery Program, which includes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) sessions to speed up healing and reduce bruising and swelling.

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Helpful ways to speed up your recovery

Keeping the head elevated during the first week after surgery decreases swelling and will result in quicker healing. 

Avoid the following:

  • For two weeks, avoid strenuous exercises, swimming, and heavy lifting
  • Avoid blowing your nose until one week after surgery
  • Avoid resting glasses on your naked nose for one month after surgery

You can return to work or school one week after your nose job. If a splint was placed, it might need to be kept in place for one week.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy For Recovery

To accelerate healing after your rhinoplasty in Atlanta, we offer the Robb Rapid Recovery Program, which includes multiple sessions in our hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, is a treatment performed in a large room where your body is infused with a significantly higher oxygen concentration than is available in ordinary life.

This heightened amount of oxygen promotes faster recovery and lessens swelling and discomfort as you heal. Incisions and scarring have been proven to heal better and are less visible after HBOT, making it an excellent tool for those who historically have difficulties healing.

Dr. Robb can walk you through the advantages of HBOT during your consultation, which includes healing better, quicker, and more thoroughly.

Hyperbaric recovery chamber at Robb Facial Plastic surgery.

Dr. Robb Truly Cares About His Patients: honest patient review

“I came in for rhinoplasty solely for cosmetic reasons; however, you can tell Dr. Robb truly cares about his patients and their well-being. He checked the functionality of my nose and pointed out my breathing was obscured, and made a plan to address my breathing issues along with my cosmetic wants. Both he and his team are so attentive and kind. They made surgery and recovery easy, and their communication throughout everything has been excellent. 

I’m only three weeks post-op, and I’m already in love with my results. He did a beautiful job, and I finally feel like my nose suits my face—plus, my breathing has improved, which is a great bonus. I feel confident about my nose and side profile for the first time in a long time. I’ve had many compliments so far, but they can’t pinpoint exactly what’s changed about me, which tells you how detailed and skilled Dr. Robb and his team are. I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done and would highly recommend them.”

- B.M.

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Cost Of Rhinoplasty in Atlanta

Due to Dr. Robb’s client-focused approach, the cost of rhinoplasty surgery varies for each patient. A sub-specialist performs highly intricate procedures using the highest quality instruments and technology. This will carry a price tag that is not precisely budget shopping.

All surgeries are performed in our private, deluxe 5-Star surgery center. All fees are included in your quote. The only two factors that can change postoperatively are:

  • Additional material (cadaver rib, PDS plate, etc.) is used and wasn’t included in the original price
  • Your surgery lasts over one hour longer than expected, so that we will perform balance billing

Dr. Robb Jr may be your surgeon if you want the best care and excellent results, with detailed attention distributed to your nose's function and appearance. 

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you’re looking for an expert who consistently delivers phenomenal nose surgery in Atlanta, please contact us to begin the consultation process. Our coordinators will educate you more on the process and how Dr. Robb achieves these results. You’ll send in some photos that Dr. Robb will review before your in-person consultation, and we’ll give you feedback on if you’re a good candidate. We’re excited to meet you, so fill out the contact form at the bottom right-hand side of the page!

Rhinoplasty FAQs: 

What are the different types of rhinoplasty procedures?

How long does rhinoplasty surgery take?

Will rhinoplasty surgery leave visible scars?

When will I see the final results of rhinoplasty?

What are the different types of rhinoplasty procedures?

There are two main types of rhinoplasty: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. Open rhinoplasty involves making an incision on the columella (the strip of tissue between the nostrils), providing better access to the nasal structures. Closed rhinoplasty involves making incisions inside the nostrils, resulting in no visible external scarring.

How long does rhinoplasty surgery take?

The duration of rhinoplasty surgery typically ranges from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure and whether additional techniques, such as cartilage grafting, are required.

Will rhinoplasty surgery leave visible scars?

In closed rhinoplasty, any incisions are made inside the nostrils, resulting in no visible external scarring. In open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made on the columella, but the scar typically fades over time and is usually inconspicuous.

When will I see the final results of rhinoplasty?

While some initial improvements may be visible once the swelling subsides, it can take several months for the nose to fully settle into its new shape and for the final results of rhinoplasty to become apparent.

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