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The nose plays a crucial role in facial aesthetics, and its size and shape can significantly impact your overall look. If you’re dissatisfied with your nasal profile, primary rhinoplasty in Scottsdale can improve the shape, size, and overall contours of your nose to improve overall facial harmony.

Elevate the Nasal Form & Function

Primary rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape and enhance the appearance of the nose. The term “primary” refers to the patient’s first nose job, as opposed to a secondary or revision rhinoplasty. It is often sought by individuals unhappy with their nose’s natural shape or size and who desire a more harmonious facial profile. This procedure addresses cosmetic concerns and can also improve breathing function if there are any structural issues causing nasal obstruction.

During primary rhinoplasty, Dr. DeVictor carefully sculpts the nasal structures, considering factors like the bridge, tip, and nostrils. The goal is to achieve a result that is in balance with the rest of the face. Primary rhinoplasty can correct various nasal imperfections, such as humps on the bridge, wide nostrils, or a drooping tip. It is essential for individuals considering this procedure to have realistic expectations and engage in thorough consultations with their surgeon to ensure the results of their primary rhinoplasty in Scottsdale conform to their goals.

Doctor looking at patients nose after primary rhinoplasty in Scottsdale

Primary Rhinoplasty Corrects:

  • Nasal humps or bumps
  • Wide or flared nostrils
  • Crooked or asymmetrical noses
  • Drooping or overprojected nasal tips
  • Deviated septum causing breathing difficulties
  • Disproportionate nasal size in relation to facial features

The Techniques Used For Primary Rhinoplasty

Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure aimed at improving the functional aspects of the nose, particularly in cases where breathing difficulties or other functional issues are present. Functional rhinoplasty focuses on enhancing the nasal airway and restoring proper breathing. It may involve correcting a deviated septum, reducing nasal turbinates, or repairing other structural issues that hinder airflow. It can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life.

Cleft Rhinoplasty

Cleft rhinoplasty is a specialized procedure performed on individuals born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. These congenital conditions can result in not only facial deformities but also structural issues within the nose. Cleft rhinoplasty corrects these nasal deformities, including issues with the nasal tip, septum, and nostrils. This procedure helps individuals born with cleft lip and palate lead more fulfilling lives with improved facial harmony after this primary rhinoplasty in Scottsdale.

Closed Rhinoplasty

Closed rhinoplasty, or endonasal rhinoplasty, is a technique where all incisions and modifications are made internally, inside the nose. This approach leaves no visible external scars, as there are no incisions outside the nose. Closed rhinoplasty is suitable for patients requiring less extensive nasal reshaping. It often results in reduced swelling and a faster recovery compared to open rhinoplasty.

Open Rhinoplasty

Open rhinoplasty is a surgical technique used in nasal reshaping procedures where an external incision is made across the columella, the strip of tissue separating the nostrils. This technique gives the surgeon better visibility and access to the nasal structures, making it suitable for more complex cases or extensive nasal reshaping. Although it leaves a small external scar on the columella, open rhinoplasty allows for precise and comprehensive adjustments.

Benefits of Primary Rhinoplasty:

  • Improved nasal aesthetics and facial harmony
  • Correction of nasal humps, asymmetry, or wide nostrils
  • Potential for better breathing and reduced nasal obstruction
  • Customized results tailored to individual preferences
  • Long-lasting and often permanent improvements
  • Potential to address congenital nasal imperfections
  • Enhanced overall facial profile and attractiveness
  • Opportunity for a more balanced and proportionate appearance
Doctor doing a consultation for primary rhinoplasty in Scottsdale

Your Primary Rhinoplasty Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. DeVictor, you’ll discuss your goals and concerns regarding your nasal aesthetics and function. Dr. DeVictor will carefully examine your nose, assessing its size, shape, and any structural issues that may affect your breathing. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, voice any concerns, and share your desired outcome. Dr. DeVictor will explain the surgical process, including the technique that would best suit your needs. Together, you’ll develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve your aesthetic goals with primary rhinoplasty in Scottsdale.

The Primary Rhinoplasty Surgery

Dr. DeVictor will begin by administering anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Depending on the extent of your primary rhinoplasty, Dr. DeVictor will perform either closed or open rhinoplasty. In closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made internally, while in open rhinoplasty, a small external incision is made across the columella. Dr. DeVictor will carefully sculpt the nasal structures, addressing concerns such as nasal humps, wide nostrils, or a drooping tip.

If functional rhinoplasty is part of your procedure, Dr. DeVictor will correct any issues that affect nasal airflow, such as a deviated septum. The goal is to enhance your nasal appearance and improve overall breathing. Once the necessary modifications are made, Dr. DeVictor will close the incisions to minimize scarring. After surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area where you’ll be monitored as you wake up from anesthesia. Dr. DeVictor will provide post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal healing.

Recovery After Primary Rhinoplasty

Immediately after your primary rhinoplasty in Scottsdale, Dr. DeVictor takes measures to ensure a smooth healing process. He will apply bandages to the nose to support and protect it as it recovers. The exterior bandages are removed at your first postoperative visit, but you will be responsible for replacing the nose drip pad at home. Dr. DeVictor will give you specific instructions to follow after the procedure for optimal recovery.

During the initial 48 hours after surgery, it’s crucial to rest and allow your body to recover. Most individuals must take at least a week off work to facilitate healing. Avoid blowing your nose during the first week, and keep your head elevated, even when sleeping, for a few days. Additionally, limit strenuous activities and exercise for several weeks to a month. The final results of the procedure will become evident over several months.


Dr. Samuel DeVictor is a distinguished facial plastic surgeon renowned for his precision and dedication to patient care. Board-certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, he specializes in cosmetic and revision rhinoplasty, facial reconstruction, and facial reanimation. His extensive training includes a fellowship at UC Davis and specialized training in facial trauma with the International AO Foundation. Dr. DeVictor’s compassionate approach, coupled with his artistic vision, ensures personalized solutions that address each patient’s unique concerns. Committed to community service, he extends his expertise to international initiatives and underserved communities, embodying his holistic view of medicine.

Primary Rhinoplasty FAQs

How is primary rhinoplasty different from revision rhinoplasty?

Primary rhinoplasty in Scottsdale is the first surgery performed on the nose, while revision rhinoplasty is performed to correct or revise the results of a previous rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty is typically more complex due to the presence of scar tissue and altered nasal anatomy.

Is primary rhinoplasty performed under general anesthesia?

Yes, primary rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. This ensures that you are completely asleep and comfortable during the procedure. In some cases, such as closed rhinoplasty, the procedure may be performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation.

Will there be visible scars after primary rhinoplasty?

In closed rhinoplasty, where incisions are made inside the nose, there are usually no visible external scars. However, in open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made on the columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils), which may result in a minor, well-concealed scar.

Are there age restrictions for primary rhinoplasty?

While there is no specific age limit, it’s generally recommended that individuals wait until their facial growth is complete, typically around age 15-16 for females and 17-18 for males.

How long is the recovery period after primary rhinoplasty?

The initial recovery period for primary rhinoplasty in Scottsdale is about one to two weeks, during which you may experience swelling and bruising. However, complete healing and final results may take several months as residual swelling gradually subsides. You can resume most daily activities within a week or two, but strenuous workouts should be avoided for around six weeks.

Can primary rhinoplasty improve breathing problems?

Yes, primary rhinoplasty can improve breathing by addressing structural issues within the nose, such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates. This is referred to as functional rhinoplasty.

How much does primary rhinoplasty cost?

The cost of primary rhinoplasty can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure, whether you need open or closed rhinoplasty, the type of anesthesia used, and other factors. To obtain specific pricing information, please visit our pricing page or schedule a consultation.

Which procedures can be combined with rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can be combined with complementary procedures like eyelid surgery, septoplasty, or lip lift to enhance overall facial harmony. Dr. DeVictor will assess your specific needs and discuss appropriate options during your consultation.

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Dr. Sam DeVictor is a highly qualified facial plastic surgeon with board certification in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. With a keen focus on helping patients achieve optimal facial symmetry and balance, Dr. DeVictor is dedicated to helping you achieve facial harmony with primary rhinoplasty in Scottsdale. Schedule your consultation to discuss your goals and explore the possibilities for enhancing your nasal aesthetics and function.

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