Treatment Time 1.5-3 Hours Patient Downtime 2 Weeks Treatment Series 1 Procedure Type Outpatient


Rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, is a common surgical procedure among men and women to sculpt and refine the shape of the nose and balance the face. A Rhinoplasty can also help if you have a medical condition, such as a broken nose, blocked airways, or deviated septum.

Performing this procedure for cosmetic reasons is a combination of an art and a science, and will offer natural-looking results when performed with careful precision by your plastic surgeon. For the best rhinoplasty outcome, it is important to choose a surgeon who you trust, who holds the highest board certifications in plastic surgery, is as highly trained and experienced, and produces exceptional before/after results.

Woman with a white pad over her nose


There are two basic types of rhinoplasty, depending upon the type of incisions that are used. In an open rhinoplasty, Dr. Boudreault will make incisions on the inside and across the fleshy part between your nostrils, while in a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside the nose only. He then lifts the skin and reshapes the nose to the agreed specifications, after which the skin is restored and stitched closed. Once the skin and bone heal, the nose will remain in the new shape, which can improve breathing as well as providing a more desirable appearance.


Dr. Boudreault performs Rhinoplasty procedures at the state-of-the-art AAAASF surgical facility under general anesthesia, so you will be fully asleep during this procedure. Dr. Boudreault will use the various techniques and advanced surgical tools best suited for you to carefully augment your nose into its new form. Once the procedure is finished, he will place a splint or cast over the nose to maintain compression for about one week, which will be removed at your follow-up visit the next week.


The bulk of recovery happens within the first 1-2 weeks. The first few days after a rhinoplasty can be somewhat uncomfortable, but not often described as painful. Initially, you will have some facial swelling and bruising, and you will feel congested. As soon as the splint is taken off at your follow-up visit the next week, you should feel comfortable to return to work.

It is recommended that you abstain from strenuous exercise or activity, and sleep with your head propped up as high as comfortable on several pillows, for 2-3 weeks post-procedure to help reduce the swelling. It is important to avoid crowded places or rambunctious children and pets that may accidentally bump your nose in the healing process, as this can lead to complications.


Patients will choose to have a rhinoplasty to correct various concerns for cosmetic reasons, structural reasons, or both. These concerns may include a conspicuous dorsal hump (bump on the nasal bridge), a wide or crooked bridge, a bulbous tip, an upturned or downturned tip, wide nostrils, a nose that is disproportionally too small or too big for the face, and more. For medical reasons, a rhinoplasty can correct breathing issues.

Ethnic rhinoplasties of African American, Asian, and Latin descent may require a special skill set if there is thick nasal skin, a flat bridge, a bulbous tip, or a wide nostril size. Regardless of ethnicity, ask your surgeon about realistic expectations for your individual rhinoplasty outcome.

It is best to wait until you are at least 18 years of age to have a rhinoplasty, after the growth of your facial features is stabilized.


At two weeks post-procedure, you’ll be ready to be out and about without obvious signs of swelling. If you have any residual bruising at this time, you may hide it with make-up. At three months, most of the swelling has disappeared, and you will have a much better glimpse of your nose’s result. You may love the sight of your new nose at this point, but be ready to love it more, when 90% of the swelling subsides by the six-month mark. At this point, there may be some minor swelling remaining, likely in the tip. It often takes one full year for the final result to show its true form, but this process is very slow and gradual, with changes in swelling that are often unnoticed by anyone’s eye but the patients themselves.

If you have a rhinoplasty to aid with breathing problems, you should experience much better breathing as soon as the splint is removed, and breathing will continue to improve once you have fully healed.


The average cost of a Rhinoplasty can range from $9,000–$15,000, depending on the complexity of the individual case. This estimate includes all fees, such as anesthesia and facility fees. In most cases, rhinoplasties are done for cosmetic reasons and are not covered by insurance. However, in cases that the rhinoplasty is correcting a medical issue, such as a deviated septum that blocks the nasal passage airway, your personal health insurance plan may cover part of the procedure. If you wish to have your nose reshaped soon, but would like to pay for the procedure over time in small monthly increments, we offer financing through CareCredit or Alphaeon. Or, many of our patients also choose to apply for credit cards with longer terms at 0% interest.

Join our many excited patients who have come to Dr. Boudreault for their rhinoplasty procedure and now enjoy a nose that aesthetically compliments their faces and gives them an extra boost of confidence.


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