Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. This procedure reshapes the nose to attain a greater self-confidence and more balanced look to your overall appearance.

Rhinoplasty can improve the contour of the nasal tip, especially when it is upturned, drooping, bulbous or “boxy” in appearance. It is also used to remove humps or depressions to improve the nasal profile. For overly large noses, rhinoplasty can reduce the size to balance it with the other facial features.

Aside from using the procedure for cosmetic purposes, rhinoplasty may be performed for functional reasons as well. Combining nose reshaping with septoplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery can effectively treat certain breathing problems, such as those caused by a deviated septum.

Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States today. Rhinoplasty successfully reshapes the nose to help individuals attain more self-confidence, as well as a more balanced look to their overall appearance.

Specifically, rhinoplasty can improve the contour of the nasal tip, especially when it is upturned, drooping, bulbous, or “boxy in appearance. Rhinoplasty is also used to remove humps or depressions, ultimately changing the nasal profile. Rhinoplasty can also reduce the size of overly large noses, allowing it to become better balanced with the other facial features.

Aside from using the procedure for cosmetic purposes, rhinoplasty may be performed for functional reasons, too. Combining nose-reshaping with septoplasty, endoscopic, or sinus surgery can effectively treat certain breathing problems such as those commonly caused by a deviated septum.

If you’re ready to learn more about the rhinoplasty procedure, or you wish to schedule a consultation with our staff, contact the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL today by calling 847-367-8815.

Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

A successful rhinoplasty procedure begins with an effective consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL, we offer a rhinoplasty consultation with one of our top doctors, Dr. Leonard Lu.

Since your rhinoplasty consultation is critical to the overall results of your surgery, it’s essential to be open with your surgeon about your goals with regards to your appearance and breathing concerns. In addition to that, be prepared to discuss with your doctor any medical conditions you may have, drug allergies, or past medical treatments, as well as any previous surgeries. Moreover, your surgeon will ask about your current medications, herbal supplements, drug allergies, alcohol, tobacco, and drug usage.

Your doctor will also need to evaluate your overall health and pre-existing health conditions to reduce the level of risks and complications during your rhinoplasty procedure. More importantly, the surgeon will discuss your aesthetic rhinoplasty goals with you, examine and measure your face, and then take photographs of your nose.

Following this step, the surgeon will then determine if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. If you are, the doctor will discuss your rhinoplasty surgery options and tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs.

Before you see the surgeon, it’s imperative to prepare questions so that you will have a better understanding of the rhinoplasty procedure you plan to pursue. You should feel comfortable asking the doctor anything about the procedure. The goal of this meeting is to leave feeling completely informed about rhinoplasty.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

During your rhinoplasty surgery, your surgeon will administer either intravenous sedation or general anesthetics to make the entire process a more comfortable one. Afterwards, the doctor will make an incision, the type of which will depend on the rhinoplasty procedure chosen. For a closed rhinoplasty procedure, the incision is hidden inside the nose. For open rhinoplasty, the incision is made across the columella, a strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.

Your doctor will then access the structure of your nose by gently raising the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilages. Depending on your unique case, your surgeon may correct a deviated septum, remove bone or cartilage to reduce the size of the nose, add more cartilage grafts to meet your desired results, or perform another technique to improve the functionality of the nose.

Once the necessary corrections and enhancements are made, the surgeon will re-drape the nasal skin and tissue and close the incisions using sutures.

Some important factors that will influence the rhinoplasty procedure include the shape of your face, thickness of your skin, age, the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, and your overall desired results.

The entire rhinoplasty procedure generally takes between one and two hours to complete. Though, this timing can change depending on the extent of the work that is being done.

The Benefits of Rhinoplasty

As each patient has different wants and needs, the benefits of rhinoplasty surgery will differ from patient to patient. Specifically, your rhinoplasty post-surgery goals may not be the same as someone else’s post-surgery goals.

Yet, there are a list of rhinoplasty benefits that have proven to be rather popular among most individuals, including:

  • Reshape the nose, either across the tip or the bridge
  • Reduce the size of the nose, making it either short and/or narrower
  • Reduce nostril size, making each nostril significantly smaller
  • Increase the size of the nose
  • Modify the angle of the nose
  • Correct birth defects and/or injuries
  • Correct a deviated septum

Depending on the patient’s needs, the results of a rhinoplasty procedure can either be subtle or dramatic. At the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL, we believe the best rhinoplasty results look natural and fit perfectly with the patient’s unique facial features. We know just how important it is for patients to meet their ultimate goals and leave our facility with complete peace of mind.

Are you ready to schedule your rhinoplasty surgery consultation? Contact the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL today by calling 847-367-8815.

Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

Our rhinoplasty procedures are performed at the Vernon Square Surgicenter in Vernon Hills, IL, our fully accredited surgical center, on an outpatient basis. Once you have recovered from the surgery, you can leave the facility and continue the rest of your recovery in the comfort of your own home. If you reside outside of the Chicago or Illinois area, you may stay at one of the renowned hotels that is nearby.

After your rhinoplasty procedure, you can expect swelling and some bruising around the eyes, which will start to improve in a span of three to fourteen days. Complete healing will take effect within six months. However, you may return to work and other social activities within two to three weeks after rhinoplasty. With some time, it will become less noticeable that you had a rhinoplasty procedure completed.

Your doctor and patient coordinator will provide you with recovery instructions to ensure that your rhinoplasty recovery is successful.

As mentioned, the fact that rhinoplasty procedures are outpatient make this surgery both popular and convenient. Further, the incisions created during rhinoplasty are often small and hidden inside the nose, meaning there should be no visible scars or marks revealing you have had nose-reshaping surgery.

Because pain is subjective, it’s difficult to determine how the procedure will affect you. Depending on your tolerance for pain, you may find the recovery process to be easy or slightly uncomfortable. Regardless, any discomfort from rhinoplasty can be treated with oral, over-the-counter or prescribed medications.

Again, bruising after a nose job is common, but it is temporary and won’t last long. You should also expect to experience swelling, but this swelling isn’t overly noticeable to others. However, because of these factors, it’s important to understand that your final rhinoplasty results will take time emerge.

Rhinoplasty may require the placement of external and internal nasal splints to support your nose and maintain its new shape. These splints will later be removed by the doctor. During the time the rhinoplasty cast is on, it’s imperative that you don’t blow your nose to ensure the area heals adequately. Mild bleeding from the nostrils is common.

Within about ten days following your rhinoplasty, you should be able to return to most of your normal activities, including work or school. Still, you should not resume any type of strenuous activity or workout regime until you’ve been cleared to do so from your doctor.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is an elective and subjective type of cosmetic surgery. Therefore, making the decision to have nose-shaping surgery is completely personal. While it’s not required that you be a certain age for surgery, it will be necessary for the patient to be physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. Further, it’s important to have realistic expectations, which can sometimes be difficult for younger patients.

Are Any Complications Associated with Rhinoplasty Surgery?

As with any type of major surgery, unforeseen complications or issues can arise. However, these complications are rare and less likely to occur when the procedure is performed by an educated, trained, and skilled professional.

Is Rhinoplasty Surgery Expensive?

Each type of rhinoplasty surgery is different, so pricing will be different, too. The price of your specific rhinoplasty can be discussed with your doctor during your initial consultation. Not only will you leave the consultation knowing the complete total of the surgery, but you will also leave feeling informed and prepared for the scheduled procedure.

Rhinoplasty Before and After Pictures

To get a better idea of what the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa can do for you and your needs, we recommend taking a look at our gallery that showcases images of our satisfied clients. You can click here to see images of real patients who have successfully received rhinoplasty surgery.


At the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hill, IL, we have had the honor to work with a variety of clients over the years. Take a look at what some of these satisfied clients have had to say about our range of professional services:

“I am a 49-year-old woman who no longer looked good for her age. However, I now look great thanks to the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa. I look pretty, and I feel pretty. I look 10 years younger, and I’m thrilled with the results. Aging is hard for any woman, but thanks to the doctors at Ritacca, I am more self-confident about my appearance. Every employee is so caring and genuinely nice. I was even given a breakdown of the total cost upfront. I have never met so many wonderful people at one business!” – Satisfied Patient

“I have been a client at Ritacca for over three years. I have consistently had positive experiences at the center. I can also be confident that no matter what the procedure, it will be done correctly. I have also had situations that required further clarification, and have always experienced quick responses. Furthermore, the staff at Ritacca goes out of their way to get my questions answered. When I go to Ritacca, I can always be confident that it will be a very pleasant experience. I would never go anywhere else for my services. The staff at Ritacca have helped me determine what procedures are best for me, and I have had amazing results.” – Satisfied Patient

“I had a great experience at Ritacca. I came in for some mole removals, two that were very close to my eye. I wouldn’t trust anyone other than the Ritacca Team. Great service, and great team!” – Satisfied Patient

You can schedule your consultation at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa today! Contact our professional staff in Vernon Hills, IL by calling 847-367-8815.