Rhinoplasty in Scottsdale, AZ

You want your entire face and your expressions to be what people focus on when you speak. A nose that is too large, crooked, or perhaps just off in some manner can be quite powerful in how it pulls people’s attention instead. This can take a toll on one’s overall self-esteem. Dr. Prichard is well-trained in the art of rhinoplasty surgery and possesses the talent and knowledge to sculpt your nose into something that grants your face a better sense of balance.

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What Is Rhinoplasty?

Sometimes referred to as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to reshape the nose. It can reduce the overall size of the nose, change the protrusion of the bridge or bump, restructure the nostrils, alter the tip of the nose, or correct internal breathing issues. Dr. Prichard works to deliver what is among the best rhinoplasty Scottsdale has to offer.

The nose plays a central role in facial harmony and balance. Rhinoplasty can address various concerns related to nasal proportions, such as reducing or increasing the size of the nose, reshaping the bridge or tip, refining the nostrils, or correcting asymmetry. By making these precise changes, rhinoplasty can bring the nose into better proportion with the rest of the facial features, resulting in a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.  Dr. Prichard feels it is important to tailor the nose to the face for best harmony rather than have a standard ‘Prichard’ nose that he performs on all patients.  For example, a face with many sharp angles would not benefit from a soft, ‘cute’ button nose, in the same way that a patient with softer, rounder features would not benefit from sharp angles in the nose.

What Are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?

Living with a nose that does not suit your face or that you dislike can be extremely challenging, detracting from your self-confidence. Rhinoplasty is an entirely customizable procedure that can help restore facial balance, increasing your overall aesthetics and boosting your self-esteem. Since each procedure will be entirely unique to the patient and their needs, your rhinoplasty will be entirely your own. Some possible benefits of rhinoplasty include:

  • Improved aesthetics of the nasal bridge, nostrils, tip, or dorsum (nasal bump or hump)
  • Improved breathing or reduced snoring
  • Increased self-esteem and satisfaction

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is unique in that it can be beneficial for cosmetic concerns, functional concerns, and even both for some patients. It also is not necessarily associated with any age range, although a good candidate needs to have reached facial maturity. Rhinoplasty is acceptable for patients of a wide age range and various concerns and can provide some of the most impactful results of any cosmetic procedure.

Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty are men or women who:

  • Would like to change some cosmetic features of their nose
  • And/or need a solution to some functional issue, such as trouble breathing
  • Feel that their nose does not suit their face or would like an increase in facial harmony
  • Are fully aware of possible results
  • Have reasonable expectations for results
  • Are generally in good health
  • Are nonsmokers or are willing to quit
  • History of cocaine use can increase complications

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What Are My Rhinoplasty Options?

Dr. Prichard performs each rhinoplasty procedure a little differently than the last, as this surgery involves the most minute details and changes for a large impact. What this means is that one small change can totally change the balance of the rest of the patient’s facial features, so there is never a cookie-cutter approach to this surgery. Dr. Prichard creates a unique surgical plan for each rhinoplasty patient to give them the best possible results that will help them reach their goals. Possible techniques and combination procedures include:

Closed Rhinoplasty

A closed rhinoplasty deals with restructuring the nose through incisions made inside the nostrils. While this technique results in no visible scarring, it is only useful for patients with minor nasal concerns, as Dr. Prichard will have less control over the internal tissues, cartilage, and bone.

Open Rhinoplasty

This method allows for the most revision, as Dr. Prichard will make incisions outside the nose on the ‘columella,’ the divider between the nostrils. In an open rhinoplasty, Dr. Prichard will have more visibility of the internal structures and can thus create greater alterations. The incision on the columella is normally very difficult to see once healed, even if someone knows where the incision is.


Designed to improve the functionality of the nose, septoplasty is a technique that can be performed alone or along with one of the other rhinoplasty techniques. This method straightens the wall of bone and cartilage (the septum) between the two nostrils, improving breathing concerns associated with a deviated septum.

What Is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Like?

Typically, rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia for optimum safety and comfort. Dr. Prichard will make precise incisions to reflect the desired result as your surgical plan dictates. For closed rhinoplasty, the incisions will be inside the nostrils, and for open rhinoplasty, the incisions will be along the columella, the divider between the nostrils.

Dr. Prichard will reshape the nasal structures, which may include removing or reshaping the bone, cartilage, or soft tissues. Once he is satisfied with the result, he will carefully close the incisions.

What Can I Expect from Rhinoplasty Recovery?

During rhinoplasty recovery, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. Nasal splints or packing may be used to support the healing process. Most individuals can return to work within one to two weeks, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks.

The final results will gradually become apparent as the swelling subsides over a period of several weeks to several months. However, the final outcome is evident a year after surgery. You can expect an immediate improvement, followed by an increase in gradual improvements over the healing period. Following all post-operative instructions diligently will help the swelling ameliorate sooner, revealing the full results.

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If you would like to explore your options for the best rhinoplasty in Scottsdale, request a consultation online. Or you can call our office at (480) 752-7874  to schedule your appointment with Dr. Prichard.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty

How much does rhinoplasty cost in Scottsdale, AZ?

The cost of rhinoplasty in Scottsdale, AZ, will vary depending on a number of factors, including your surgeon of choice, the level of complexity if you have had a prior rhinoplasty, and whether you have combined your rhinoplasty with another facial rejuvenation procedure such as a facelift.

Once Dr. Prichard creates a unique surgical plan for you, he can provide an accurate cost estimate.

Are the results of rhinoplasty permanent?

The results of rhinoplasty are considered permanent. However, the nose may undergo slight changes with aging and any damage or injury.

Are there any risks or complications associated with rhinoplasty?

As with any surgical procedure, rhinoplasty carries potential risks and complications, though they are uncommon. These include infections, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, asymmetry, and dissatisfaction with the results.

Choosing an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Pablo Prichard greatly reduces the likelihood of complications.

Will rhinoplasty leave scars?

Anytime there is an incision made on the body, there is a chance for visible scarring. However, the possibility of having a scar after rhinoplasty is quite slim, as the incisions involved are either inside the nostril (closed rhinoplasty) and thus will not be visible, or the incisions are hidden underneath the tip of the nose and will be very slight.

If you are concerned about the possibility of scarring after rhinoplasty, be sure to discuss this with Dr. Prichard during your consultation, as he will be able to explain the best incision and scar care practices to help reduce this risk.

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