Here’s Looking at You, Nose

rhinoplastySome things about your body or look can’t be changed. For instance, if you’d like to be taller really the only thing you can do is wear bigger heels. Or if you don’t like the size of your feet, not much to do there.

But your nose is not in that category; it can be changed.

You may think of the procedure as a nose job, but the clinical title is rhinoplasty, which comes from blending the words rhino (nose) and plasty (to shape). Dr. Kearney is expert in all facets of the surgery. The goal is usually to either improve the look or balance of the nose, or to correct its function.

Changing your nose

Nose surgery removes, rearranges, or reshapes the bone or cartilage of the nose to correct irregularities. As one of the main focal points of the face, the nose has a big impact on how people see themselves. Rhinoplasty is the most common facial plastic surgery. in 2015, half a million people opted to have the procedure to change their nose. That’s a lot of people who decided they didn’t have to look at the same old nose every day.

Deciding on your new nose

During your consultation with Dr. Kearney, you will discuss how you want to change your nose. The more specific your expectations the better. This should include some research on your part. We’ll be able to show you how the surgery will change the look of your nose with our software.

Benefits of rhinoplasty

These are some of the issues Dr. Kearney corrects with nose surgery:

  • Removing a bump on the bridge
  • Modifying the bridge
  • Reshaping the tip
  • Reshaping or resizing the nostrils
  • Repairing a formerly damaged nose
  • Increasing or decreasing the overall size

The procedure

Dr. Kearney uses general anesthesia for his nose surgeries, because the surgery can be quite involved. He uses an “open” approach in most often. This is the method where the incisions are created across the tissue between the patient’s nostrils. It allows more significant changes to things such as overall nose size. If the goal is to reduce the nose size or shape, or to straighten it, the skin covering the underlying bone and cartilage will be separated, allowing the cartilage and bone to be reshaped. Once this has been done, the skin is then re-draped over the surface. Flared nostrils can be narrowed by creating an incision at the junction between the nose and the skin of the upper lip.

If the situation is right, Dr. Kearney uses the “closed” method where all incisions are made within the nose itself. This method is used when smaller refinements are needed.


After surgery, you’ll be wearing a lightweight splint to maintain the shape of the nose and protect it somewhat. This splint is removed after a week following surgery. Stuffiness is expected after surgery, especially when changes have been made to the septum. You will have bruising and swelling, but a cold compress helps a good deal. Recovery usually takes one to two weeks, but there can be periods of swelling for months, often later in the day or early evening.

Get a nose you like looking at every morning. Call Dr. Kearney at 858-677-9352 to schedule a consultation.

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      Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sterilization to not only include exam rooms but also the waiting room, restroom, all doors, counters, etc.

      Offering multiple hand sanitizer locations throughout the office

      Reducing the number of appointments per day as well as our office hours, to limit the number of people in the office, including staff members

      Minimizing patient overlap to allow for proper social distancing

      Testing all surgery patients for COVID-19 at their pre-operative appointments

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