What is Rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty (nose surgery), is a procedure to improve the shape, angle and size of your nose, and to improve its balance and harmony with your face.  This can be accomplished by:

  • increasing or decreasing nasal size,

  • shaping the nasal tip,

  • narrowing the width of your nostrils, and

  • increasing or decreasing the angle between your nose and upper lip.  


The procedure can be performed in either an open or closed fashion.  An open rhinoplasty includes a small incision in the skin on the underside of your nostrils, which connects with other incisions inside your nose.  This small scar is barely visible once it heals.  

During a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nose.   Once access is gained to the cartilage and bones that support the nose, adjustments can be made to these structures to produce the desired changes.  

Rhinoplasty can also be performed to improve obstructed airways. This is accomplished through correction of a deviated septum, or correction of lateral nasal, bony or cartilaginous structures, to improve alignment and breathing.  

Rhinoplasty is a safe and routine procedure performed by Dr. Capuano and available near you in Bergen County.

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Is Rhinoplasty Surgery Right For Me?

The best candidates for Rhinoplasty are otherwise healthy adults, who are nonsmokers, who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose, or who have breathing problems because of deviation of their airways within the nose.  

Some of the most common complaints patients present with include feeling that your nose is too large, too small, too wide, too narrow, or not in proportion to your face.  Other complaints include a prominent nasal hump, and an elevated or drooping nasal tip.  

Your surgeon can help determine if rhinoplasty is right for you, after careful examination of your internal and external nasal anatomy and skin quality, and consideration of your individual goals.  Results of nasal surgery are enhanced by concurrently assessing facial proportions including the projection of your chin to help achieve optimal facial balance.   

Your results may also be improved by improving the health, color and texture of your facial skin through combined treatment with non-surgical facial rejuvenation therapies including skin care systems, injectable fillers, toxin therapy, and laser resurfacing.

You must notify your doctor if you have high blood pressure or cardiac disease.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Length of Surgery:

Rhinoplasty usually takes between 3 and 4 hours depending on your internal and external nasal anatomy, and the extent of correction needed.  This surgery is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia and additionally using a local anesthetic.   You will likely be discharged home the day of surgery.

Expected Recovery:

Most patients are able to return to work within about 10 days.  You may begin light exercise at 2 weeks, while 6 weeks is required, before returning to strenuous activity or lifting.  Bruising may be present for up to 3 weeks.  Because of swelling and healing tissues, the final appearance of your nose may not be evident until one year after surgery.  Patients are instructed to protect themselves from direct sun exposure for 1 year, and to wear sunscreen.   Silicone therapy is additionally used to improve appearance of scars.

Common Side Effects:

Bruising and swelling around the eyes, headaches and facial aching, nasal drainage, discomfort from nasal packing.

Surgical Risks:

Risks include bleeding, infection, hematoma, changes in skin sensation, scarring, damage to underlying structures, asymmetry, unsatisfactory results requiring additional surgery, breathing difficulty.

Dr. Capuano consistently achieves excellent results with rhinoplasty (nose surgery).   He is additionally experienced in “ethnic rhinoplasty”, and produces symmetrical, pleasing results that fit his patients face and skin type, regardless of their ethnic background.   He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he would be happy to discuss your options if you are thinking about nose surgery.


How do I make an appointment for a consultation?

Contact the office of the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery at (201)820-5280 to schedule an appointment.