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Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty? 

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Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty? 

Your genes largely determine the shape of your nose, but you may not love the shape they give you. Rhinoplasty will reshape and resize the nose for a more balanced appearance. If you feel like your nose does not match the rest of your face, rhinoplasty can help. 

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that adjusts the structures of the nose to change its size and shape. Men and women of all ages choose rhinoplasty, and many have been waiting to become old enough to finally have the nose they want. Rhinoplasty can be performed for aesthetic reasons or to improve your breathing. 

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*Individual Results May Vary

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Most healthy adults make good candidates for rhinoplasty. You may be a good candidate if:

  • You want to change the appearance of your nose
  • You have trouble breathing through your nose 
  • You understand the risks and benefits
  • You have no significant health problems
  • You do not smoke or will quit before surgery
  • You have reasonable expectations

Dr. Lawton will meet with you and review your medical history and treatment goals. This helps her determine whether you will be a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

How is Rhinoplasty Performed?

Dr. Lawton performs rhinoplasty in her accredited surgical suite. She may perform closed rhinoplasty, using small incisions inside the nostrils, or open rhinoplasty, using an incision hidden between the two nostrils. Open rhinoplasty is usually used for more complex procedures with the more intensive reshaping. The nasal bones and cartilage are reshaped to achieve the appearance you want. 

Types of Rhinoplasty

When most people think of rhinoplasty, they think of cosmetic procedures. Surgeons may also perform rhinoplasty for functional reasons. 

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is an extremely popular procedure. Cosmetic rhinoplasty includes any procedure that adjusts the appearance of the nose without improving the function. Insurance will not cover this kind of rhinoplasty.

Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty restores the normal function of the nose. You may have been born with a structural nose problem, or you may have injured your nose. Functional rhinoplasty corrects issues like a deviated septum (damage to the divider between the nostrils). Insurance may cover this type of rhinoplasty.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

The cost of rhinoplasty depends on several factors, including:

  • Your location
  • The skill and experience of your surgeon
  • The complexity of your procedure
  • Associated fees

On average, rhinoplasty costs $5483. This does not include anesthesia, medications, medical tests, and other related expenses. 

What is Recovery Like From Rhinoplasty? 

The most noticeable swelling will resolve within three days after surgery, but residual swelling will last several weeks. If your job requires no physical activity, you can return to work in five to ten days. If you have a physically active job, you may need to wait two to four weeks before you can resume your usual duties. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about rhinoplasty? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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