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Rhinoplasty FAQs

When considering rhinoplasty in the Philadelphia, Main Line, New Jersey and Delaware areas, our patients usually have several questions before coming in to see us for a consultation. Below is a list of commonly asked questions to help give you a better understanding before scheduling your nose surgery.

Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC is limited solely to excellence in aesthetic surgery of the face including rhinoplasty (nose surgery). Dr. Greco treats patients from Philadelphia, Main Line, New Jersey, and Delaware. To schedule your appointment at Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC, request a consultation online, or call (610) 664-8830 today.


Commonly Asked Rhinoplasty Questions

What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

There are risks with any surgical procedure; however, the risks of nose surgery at our Philadelphia-serving practice are minimal. Bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry, septal perforation (hole in septum), and persistent nasal deformity are rare. These risks will be discussed during your consultation, as well as ways to avoid them.

How much time will I need to take off of work?

Most nose surgery patients near Philadelphia and New Jersey who visit our practice take a week off from work following their procedure. After one week the protective splint is removed. Some may experience bruising for seven to 10 days after this procedure. This bruising is easily covered with conservative makeup.

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Will the nose need to be broken during the procedure?

Depending on the deformity of the nose as well as the cosmetic goals desired, the nasal bone may or may not need to be repositioned. In all cases, Dr. Greco uses a special instrument called an osteotome to reposition the nasal bones. Therefore, the nose is not truly broken during your rhinoplasty procedure instead of breaking it completely.

How long will I need to wear bandages and stay out of the public eye?

We will remove nasal bandages in one week after your surgery. You will likely experience some swelling and redness initially but should be ready to go out in public in one week with the possible need of conservative makeup.

Is there much pain involved with the surgery?

Usually Philadelphia, Main Line, New Jersey and Delaware rhinoplasty patients notice a little discomfort after their procedure. Oral medication as well as the application of cold compresses will be prescribed to help with any discomfort. If the rib harvesting procedure is necessary, some chest discomfort may be expected.

Is there a difference in surgical procedure between different ethnicities?

While each of us has the same basic nasal anatomy, many of our features are based upon our heritage and genetics. The nose is a central structure of the face, which often reflects different ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Greco may use different techniques for each patient’s procedure, and each technique that is implemented is to ensure the most desirable outcome per individual.

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Will insurance pay for my rhinoplasty?

Insurance plans typically do not cover purely cosmetic procedures. If you have difficulty breathing through the nose or have a deformity as the result of an injury, your insurance may cover a portion of the cost.

If I have had a rhinoplasty procedure and am unhappy with my results, what can be done to correct it?

Dr. Greco specializes in revision rhinoplasty surgery, having the unique skills necessary to address each patient's individual goals. Our revision rhinoplasty page provides detailed information on revision nose surgery and how it can help improve your appearance and breathing.

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