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Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)


The shape and size of the nose can cause confidence and self-esteem issues at any age. Nose reshaping, also known as rhinoplasty, improves the size, shape, and proportion of the nose with a simple outpatient surgical procedure. Rhinoplasty can also address structural defects like a deviated septum.



Rhinoplasty takes place in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia. The goals of the surgery may be to improve the overall shape and proportion of the nose, or to correct structural defects, or both. Since the cartilage that makes up most of the nose is flexible, final results are not completely predictable, and can take six to eight weeks to fully appear.

How It Works


Small incisions are made at the base of the nostril and/or inside the nostril. The doctor reshapes the bone and cartilage through those access points. Dr. O’Neill may lower humps in the news, narrow nasal bones, reshape the tip, change nostril size or adjust the angle between the nose and upper lip, depending upon the goals discussed beforehand with the patient.



Post-surgery results are nearly always quite satisfactory for the patient. Over time the cartilage and facial tissues will settle and the final results will begin to appear. The main benefits are improved breathing and an increase in confidence. Even relatively minor adjustments can bring about a strong boost in self-esteem and the patient’s pride in their appearance. Benefits can include:


  • Nose size, in relation to facial balancerhinoplasty charleston sc graphic
  • Nose width, at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils
  • Nose profile, with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
  • Nasal tip, that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked
  • Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
  • Nasal asymmetry

Treatment Areas


Rhinoplasty addresses the nose and surrounding facial structures. The areas that may be adjusted include the nostrils, tip of the nose, and bridge of the nose. Width, size, and position of the nose and nostrils, as well as proportion in relation to the rest of the face, are addressed.



As with any surgery, there is a potential for complications. Be sure to follow your pre-surgical instructions carefully to help ensure the best possible outcome.



As with any surgery, there will be some downtime. Plan to take at least one full day to rest and recover. For the first full day, you’ll need to keep your head elevated at all times. Apply icepacks to reduce swelling, and plan to eat a liquid or light diet the day after surgery.

You will be able to return to normal activities within a few days, but strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks. Avoid putting pressure to the nose, and contact sports, for four to six weeks.


A rhinoplasty procedure will be different for everyone. Please call the office to schedule a consult. *As with any procedure and/or treatment the results may vary.”



Ready to look younger and more rested? Schedule your brow lift with Dr. O’Neill in Charleston, SC today by calling us today at 843-881-2130 or contacting us online. In your consultation Dr. O’Neill will discuss your cosmetic goals and every detail of the surgery, ensuring you feel comfortable. Dr. O’Neill has been voted as the Best Plastic Surgeon in Charleston by City Paper voters in both 2014 and 2015, so you know you’re in good hands.


We are conveniently and privately located in Charleston, SC on Daniel Island.