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NoseA Louisville Rhinoplasty (nose job) is the proper medical term for a “nose job”.

A Rhinoplasty (nose job) is an operation that can change the entire appearance of your nose or make a very subtle difference noticable to only you and close friends and family. Alterations are made to the upper bony part of the nose. Here we are typically removing a hump or bump. Changes can also be made to the tip of the nose as well. Several things are possibilities here but normally the tip is made smaller, less boxy and thus more feminine.

Rhinoplasty surgery typically takes place in an Operating Room under anesthesia. I do these both as outpatient and inpatient.

If you have an interest in the procedure, please let us know!

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts on this blog are courtesy of Louisville Rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett

If you are considering a Louisville Rhinoplasty, aka a ‘nose job’, my recommendation is for you to take a long look at your nose in the mirror. Make a detailed assessment of exactly what it is you are unhappy with.

A lot of times patients come in and when I see they are in for their nose I will ask them how I can help. Answers vary but usually are along the lines of  “Just make my nose look good”. This is a red flag answer. What is good? Is my idea of good the same as yours? Do you like the same kind of nose I do?

So, my first move is to put a mirror in your hand. Then we can go about the business of picking your nose apart, pardon the pun, and making a detailed list of what it is you are unhappy with. With this information, I can develop an operative strategy to address your individual needs. But again, this is all dependent upon you having done a thorough and honest evaluation of what you see as your problems and your subsequent wish list of changes.

Rhinoplasties are great procedures, but they are very delicate, finesse operations that require an exact evaluation of your nose and its’ ‘problems’. So get in front of that magnifying mirror and get to work. I’ll see you in the office.

Lee Corbett, MD

This blog is presented by Louisville Rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett.

A Rhinoplasty, typically known as a “nose job”, is an operation intended to change the shape/apperance of your nose. The procedure is done in an OR and almost always requires a deep sedation if not a general anesthetic. It is not typically a very long operation, usually lasting less than an hour. Afterward, most patients go home but some do stay.

So what are we doing when we ‘do’ a nose. Well, the most common manuevers involve taking down a hump on the back of the nose, straightening a crooked nose, or working on the tip of the nose to make it smaller, less round, less pointy etc…the goals very from person to person.

The nose is made up of two things: bone and cartilage. The upper most part of your nose is bone. Pinch between your eyes and you can feel the hard bone. As you move your fingers down the nose gets softer, that is the transition to cartilage.

Noses can be operated on by either an ‘open’ or ‘closed’ technique. Open surgeries involve a small incision on the columella, thats the fleshy part just above your upper lip that seperates your nostrils and the rest of the incision is inside the nostrils. Open procefures are usually done when tip work is being done. Closed surgeries use incisions that are only on the inside of the nostrils and unseen. We use this approach most often to address a hump or a crooked nose. A rhinoplasty will rarely change the way you breathe.

Breathing difficulties are usually the result of problems with your septum, the caritalge that divides your nose into a right and left side, or your turbinates which are in the nose on the sides. These two parts are not always affected with a rhinoplasty.

Lee Corbett, MD


All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett. Dr. Corbett specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery including facelifts, browlifts, blepharoplasy, Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reductions, body lifts, liposuction,  and tummy tucks.