As the central feature of the face, the nose acts as a harmonious bridge between the smile and the eyes. If the nose is disproportionately large, or has other cosmetic flaws such as a misshapen tip or enlarged nostrils, harmony may be disrupted, and the overall appearance of the face may suffer.

Rhinoplasty is performed in Chicago by Dr. Few to help create more balance in the facial features, and reshape the nose for a more elegant, youthful aesthetic. While rhinoplasty has a primary goal of improving the cosmetics of the nose, the surgery can also help to amend impaired structural components, making it easier to breathe and sleep.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose, for both aesthetic and/or functional reasons. The surgery is personalized, meaning that no two people receive the same approach. The surgeon will tailor their techniques to suit your individual anatomy, lifestyle and aesthetic wishes.

A rhinoplasty can alter:

  • Nose size
  • Nose width (at the bridge)
  • The profile of the nose (visible bumps or depressions on the bridge)
  • The nasal tip (large, bulbous, drooping or upturned)
  • Nostrils (large, wide or upturned)
  • Nasal asymmetry and deviation
  • Remove dorsal hump

What is Dr. Few’s approach to rhinoplasty?

Using his “blended” approach to the face, Dr. Few may be able to strategically use both surgical and nonsurgical methods to achieve the size and shape nose you want. While his Chicago nose job can reduce nostril size, for example, a synthetic filler can reshape the profile or nasal tip. Surgery offers a long lasting, sustainable solution, while fillers require touchup periodically. Fillers can also be used to show you what a surgical solution can achieve before you take the leap.

What is ethnic rhinoplasty?

Up until recently, plastic surgeons tended towards creating generic, Westernized features that ignored the beautiful idiosyncrasies that define each ethnicity. Today, doctors offer rhinoplasty to patients from all different backgrounds, choosing to customize treatment to the client rather than the other way around.

Dr. Few has performed rhinoplasty procedures for African-American, Latino and Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Arabic, as well as Asian clients, and is well-versed in non-Caucasian anatomy. He is able to create stunning yet natural results that honor and preserve cultural heritage while minimizing the nasal imperfections that distract the gaze from the eyes and the smile. This is among the many reasons Dr. Few is honored with a reputation for delivering excellent results with rhinoplasty in Chicago.

What is revision rhinoplasty?

Regarded as amongst the most challenging types of surgery, revision rhinoplasty requires the utmost artistry and delicacy, as one is dealing with a structure that may be rife with scar tissue. Additionally, patients that have already undergone one rhinoplasty but are unhappy with their results may suffer from anxiety and find it nerve-wracking to attempt surgery a second time.

Dr. Few brings experience, intrepid skill and compassion to the revision rhinoplasty procedure. He can successfully revise nose jobs that either went too far, or didn’t go far enough, in accomplishing the patient’s goals.

What is the difference between open and closed rhinoplasty?

During open rhinoplasty, Dr. Few will make a small, inconspicuous incision in the columella at the base of the nose. Once the skin is lifted up, the doctor has the complete access and control needed to make significant changes to the nasal structures. This type of surgery is well suited for those who require complex and in-depth adjustments to the nasal anatomy.

Closed rhinoplasty does not involve any incisions. The doctor is able to achieve modest changes through the holes in the nostrils. This type of surgery is appropriate for those who need simple adjustments, and who wish for a scarless procedure.

Who makes an ideal candidate for nose surgery?

Any client who is troubled by structural or cosmetic flaws in their nose can consider a surgical nose job, provided they are mentally and physically healthy; they have no major medical issues to contend with; they are non-smokers; and they have realistic expectations for what their surgery can accomplish. Note that rhinoplasty can be performed on younger patients, as long as their nasal structures have finished developing and the nose is fully grown.

Dr. Few will meet with you in Chicago to fully assess your candidacy, giving you a full rundown on the risks and benefits, costs, recovery and results you can expect from your treatment.

Benefits of a Chicago rhinoplasty may include:

  • Improves self-confidence in one’s appearance
  • Improves flaws of the bridge, tip and nostrils
  • May improve breathing and sleep
  • Can correct nasal asymmetry
  • Works to reverse birth defects
  • Corrects damage from injury
  • Can help to better define the patient’s chosen gender
  • Is nicely complemented by chin augmentation
  • Can be performed as early as age 13 (girls) or age 16 (boys)
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Rhinoplasty Procedure Steps


Dr. Few will use either IV sedation or general anesthesia so that you remain comfortable during your procedure.

The Incisions

Surgery of the nose can be performed either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made in the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils (columella), allowing Dr. Few to raise the soft tissues and access the structure of the nose.

To augment nasal structure, Dr. Few may need to use cartilage grafted from other parts of the body. Most often, he is able to use cartilage from the middle of the nose (septum), thought sometimes cartilage from the ear or rib may be required.

Closing the incisions

Once Dr. Few has sculpted the underlying structure of the nose to your desired shape, nasal skin and tissue is redraped and incisions are closed. Additional incisions may be placed in the natural creases of the nostrils to alter their size.

What can I expect from recovery?

After surgery, Dr. Few will ensure your complete comfort by prescribing pain medications that help to relieve any stress. You may also be asked to take antibiotics which help to fight off any postoperative infections.

Following your rhinoplasty, splints will support your nose for about a week while it begins to heal. While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year or more to see your final results. The healing process also depends on the type of procedure or combination of procedures you have and your individual ability to heal. Dr. Few is happy to answer any questions you have about your results.

What is my timeline for recovery?

The timeline for recovery after a nose job typically proceeds as follows:

  • You will have a protective and supportive splint placed over your nose for the first week after surgery.
  • You will be required to sleep with your head elevated above your heart.
  • Sutures will be removed after seven days.
  • Bruising and swelling will greatly diminish over seven to ten days.
  • You will have scheduled visits with Dr. Few during the recovery period to ensure that healing is proceeding as it should.
  • After a month or so you should be able to resume more strenuous activities, taking care to avoid any impact to the newly-shaped nose structure.

What are some recovery tips for rhinoplasty?

  • Use icepacks or cold compresses to help alleviate swelling and discomfort
  • Take all prescriptions as ordered, and the full course of antibiotics as directed
  • Avoid bending over or any strenuous activities
  • Never blow your nose if you must sneeze, do it through your mouth in the first ten days
  • Avoid excessive talking, smiling, laughing, and wearing glasses until the swelling has reduced
  • Avoid drinking any alcoholic beverages
  • Go on short and easy walks to help get your circulation up and reduce swelling
  • Continue to sleep with your head elevated
  • Avoid anything that could invite contact with your nose including closely interacting with young children or pets
  • Drink plenty of water to help flush your system
  • Keep the surgical site clean as directed in your aftercare instructions

What are the costs of rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty fees are based on a number of factors, including location, type of surgery performed, surgeon’s fees and facility fees. Undergoing a procedure far from home would incur travel fees, for instance, making the procedure more expensive.

In terms of the surgeon’s fees, it’s important not to let financing be the deciding factor in your decision of who to work with. If you end up choosing an inferior doctor, you may have to pay more than you bargained for through revision costs. It’s always best to choose a physician that has extensive rhinoplasty expertise, but who you also connect to and feel you can talk to.

All that being said, rhinoplasty surgery typically costs anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000. There are a variety of healthcare lenders today that can help finance your procedure and get you started on the road to enhanced self-confidence and quality of life.

Why choose Dr. Few?

Dr. Few is a board certified plastic surgeon known throughout Chicago and beyond for his elegant, sophisticated rhinoplasty results and for delivering a natural aesthetic that is well suited to your existing anatomical structures. In addition, Dr. Few is a caring individual who takes a great deal of interest in every one of his patients. He feels that understanding and listening deeply to clients makes for the basis of trust, which is the foundation of success in cosmetic procedures.

Rhinoplasty FAQ

What is rhinoplasty?

“Rhino” is Latin for nose and “plasty” means to shape or form. Rhinoplasty changes the shape of the nose to better conform to the face, correct a breathing problem, or to create a more attractive, nose shape or size.

How do I tell my doctor what kind of nose I want?

Bring in photos. Your doctor will discuss options centered around what you envision, and what can be achieved.

When will I see the results?

When the splint is removed after a week you’ll probably notice a significant improvement in how you look; however, it may take up to a year for all minor swelling to clear.

How long does the surgery take?

In most cases, the surgery will take under two hours and you will be able to go home the same day, after the anesthesia has worn off. You will need to a friend or family member drive you.

What is the typical recovery time?

You will wear a nasal splint for about a week. Swelling and bruising around the eyes usually clears in two weeks. You can return to strenuous activity in about a month. If there are stitches, they will be removed in about one week.

Are there alternatives to rhinoplasty?

Not when nose reshaping is the recommended procedure. While some minor nose flaws can be improved with a non-surgical rhinoplasty, only a personal consultation will reveal what will work for you.

How soon will I be able to breathe through my nose?

Because of swelling, nasal breathing is difficult for about a month. Most swelling is gone two months after surgery, but all traces of the surgery require up to a year.

How can I prepare for rhinoplasty?

Maintain a healthy lifestyle as long before the surgery as possible. Don’t smoke for at least a month before and a month after. You must avoid blood-thinning medications that could lead to bleeding complications.

What is the minimum age for rhinoplasty?

The critical factor is that nose growth has stopped. For females, that is around 14 years old and slightly later for boys.

What is done in the rhinoplasty surgery?

The inner and outer structure are corrected. Depending upon what is needed, it may require removing or reshaping cartilage and bone structure or adding structure to build up a flat nose bridge.

What are rhinoplasty benefits?

Typically, patients say they feel more self-confidence and feel much better about their appearance. In most cases their breathing is improved.

What is the difference between an open and closed rhinoplasty?

In a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nose. In an open procedure, the doctor cuts under the nose at the thin strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.

Is Rhinoplasty at The Few Institute covered by insurance?

The Few Institute does not have contractual agreements with any HMO, PPO or other managed healthcare organization. It is our policy that patients submit claims directly to their insurer. We will provide further documentation, if needed, to support your claim.

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