Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Associates
Vincent D. Lepore, MD
2581 Samaritan Drive #102
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 356-4241

Rhinoplasty FAQ

If you're considering rhinoplasty, or a "nose job," at the San Jose practice of Dr. Vincent Lepore, you probably have a lot of questions. In recent years, advancements and new techniques have enabled surgeons to create beautiful, natural-looking results with extremely minimal scarring. To help ensure his patients educate themselves as fully as possible, Dr. Lepore has provided answers to some of the questions he hears most commonly from his rhinoplasty patients.

A board-certified, Stanford-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Lepore believes that plastic surgery is a calling, not just a career. He makes a point to establish a comfortable, open relationship with his patients and be easily accessible for addressing questions or concerns. To speak with him about rhinoplasty, request your consultation online or call his office at (408) 356-4241.

Does rhinoplasty hurt?

Many of Dr. Lepore's San Jose-area rhinoplasty patients are pleasantly surprised to learn that recuperation following rhinoplasty isn't as painful as they imagined it would be. Of course, some discomfort is to be expected, but it's typically managed well with prescribed pain medications. Abiding by Dr. Lepore's instructions, such as keeping your head upright to minimize swelling, can also go a long way toward controlling discomfort. Many patients begin to feel better in a couple of days, although mild headaches and a congested sensation may persist a bit longer. Most of Dr. Lepore's rhinoplasty patients are back to work and school in about a week.

What is the difference between "closed" and "open" rhinoplasty?

During a closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Lepore makes incisions within the nostrils. Once healed, they do not create any visible scars. An open rhinoplasty makes an incision across the columella, or the strip of flesh that divides the nostrils. This approach gives Dr. Lepore more access to the interior structures of the nose, allowing for more dramatic improvement. Although open rhinoplasty does create an external scar, its discreet placement and small size make it practically invisible once healed. The closed approach is appealing to many, but not all rhinoplasty patients are good candidates. During your consultation, Dr. Lepore evaluates your nose and your goals for the surgery and makes a recommendation based on your needs.

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How much does rhinoplasty cost?

At Dr. Lepore's practice, each procedure is priced based on the unique needs of the patient, so there are no hard-and-fast price tags for plastic surgery options at his San Jose practice. Dr. Lepore makes fair, transparent pricing a priority, and his prices are competitive with those of other highly qualified plastic surgeons. He provides you with a personalized, written quote during your consultation.

Is rhinoplasty covered by insurance?

The answer to this question varies widely based on the type of coverage you have. In many cases, the surgery is covered, at least partially, if it's performed to improve the function of the nose or to repair it after trauma. Rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not typically covered. Our team can help you check with your provider. For procedures that aren't covered by insurance, we are happy to assist you with financing.

Is there anything I can do at home to improve my results?

The best way to ensure you get the best results from your surgery is by following Dr. Lepore's instructions closely. Prior to surgery, he will likely recommend discontinuing the use of certain medications and supplements, as well as abstaining from smoking and alcohol. These steps reduce risks during surgery and improve healing.

After surgery, applying a cold compress to the areas around your nose, including your cheeks and eyes, can help minimize bruising. It's also a good idea to ask a trusted friend or family member for help during the first couple of days after surgery. Although you'll be mobile, you may not feel up to housework or other daily activities.

I've heard that it can take months for my results to develop. Is that true?

Although this is technically true, it doesn't mean your nose will be bandaged or bruised for the entire duration. The nose is an extremely complex feature, and depending on the specifics of your surgery, it can take some time for the bones and cartilage to settle into their final positions. However, it's important to keep in mind that this process isn't conspicuous. After your surgical dressings are removed, you'll notice a distinct improvement to the appearance of your nose. All bruising and the vast majority of swelling will be gone after 2 or 3 weeks. Over the next few months, your nose's size or shape may continue to change as healing goes on. This process doesn't hurt, and it's extremely gradual — so it's likely that no one will notice.

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How long will my new nose retain its shape?

The structures of the nose aren't as susceptible to weight fluctuations or aging as many other parts of the body are, so the results of rhinoplasty are typically quite long-lasting and can even be permanent. Practicing good skincare habits and protecting your nose from the sun can maintain the integrity of the skin on your nose to ensure that it beautifully complements your improved structure for many years.

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