Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)
Dr. Kouros Azar has become known for his expertise in the highly specialized area of nose reshaping surgery, also known as rhinoplasty or a "nose job." People from Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and Simi Valley come to Dr. Azar to improve the size, shape, and contour of their noses. Rhinoplasty surgery can also correct problems with the internal structure of the nose that cause discomfort and impaired breathing.
If you are considering rhinoplasty or any cosmetic procedure, request a consultation with Dr. Azar to discuss the possibilities. Or you can call our office at (805) 373-7073 and one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members will schedule your appointment.
This 26-year-old woman wanted to correct the "hump" on the bridge of her nose. Dr. Azar performed an open rhinoplasty, which provided a subtle, natural-looking enhancement to her appearance. For additional photos of this patient and other rhinoplasty patients, visit Dr. Azar's photo gallery.
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
The Nose You Want
The nose is a focal point of the face, and a misshapen or disproportional nose can have a significant impact on your appearance. Nasal surgery can improve the nose in many ways, including:
- Smoothing a prominent hump
- Reshaping the tip
- Straightening or slimming the bridge
- Correcting wide or large nostrils
The goal of rhinoplasty is to bring the nose into balance with the rest of the face. Rhinoplasty has helped countless patients discover a renewed sense of self-esteem and confidence.
Dr. Azar primarily uses the open rhinoplasty technique, which allows for greater control of the final result. During the open rhinoplasty procedure, performed under general anesthesia, a tiny incision is made in the columella (the skin that separates the nostrils). If the nose is being reduced, the bone may be carefully fractured and reset. If a bump is being removed, the excess cartilage is cut away.
A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Azar develops innovative surgical techniques and is dedicated to providing exceptional outcomes.
Your Recovery and Beyond
Rhinoplasty surgery takes 1 to 2 hours, but secondary or revision procedures may take longer. The nose will be splinted to help maintain its shape during the first week or so after surgery. You will be instructed to sleep with your head elevated for the first few days. Most patients will experience congestion and achiness for a few days that may be relieved with medication.
The degree of bruising and swelling will depend on what was done during your procedure as well as how your body reacts to surgery. Cool compresses will help with this. Stitches are removed and visible bruising is usually resolved within a week, so most patients return to work or social activities at this point. You will need to avoid bending, lifting, and vigorous exercise for several weeks.
Experiences after rhinoplasty vary between patients. In general, after about 2 or 3 weeks, the swelling has decreased significantly, and patients begin to appreciate the new shape of their nose. By around 6 weeks, most are at about 80% of their final result, with swelling and subtle changes continuing for up to a year.
For more information about rhinoplasty, visit our Rhinoplasty FAQs.
Why Dr. Azar for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty has one of the highest rates of revision of any plastic surgery. This means that as many as 15% of rhinoplasty patients will undergo a second nose surgery. Dr. Azar receives numerous referrals of patients who need a secondary or revision rhinoplasty because their initial result was not satisfactory. He has earned a reputation for excellent rhinoplasty results, both on his primary rhinoplasties and the corrective procedures he performs to improve results for patients treated elsewhere.
Additionally, Dr. Azar uses patient image analysis in order to get a clear idea of what his patients want from their nose surgery, and to give them a glimpse of the results they can expect. This technology significantly improves the planning process and helps Dr. Azar customize a treatment plan for each patient. He has a special talent for creating beautiful noses that look natural and maintain the unique character of the individual. For months after surgery, Dr. Azar continues to analyze and monitor his rhinoplasty patients, ensuring predictable and reliable results.
Dr. Azar is a board-certified plastic surgeon, which means he is among an elite group who have undergone highly specialized training in plastic surgery, and have demonstrated their mastery of procedures such as rhinoplasty.
We're Easy to Find
Our office is conveniently accessible near the junction of Highway 101 and Highway 23 in beautiful Thousand Oaks. Our visitors travel to see Dr. Kouros Azar from throughout Southern California. Here are helpful driving directions to our office. Please select your location to get started.