Nose

Rhinoplasty (also known as a nose job) is a very rewarding and popular procedure. A rhinoplasty can change the shape of the nose, bringing it into harmony with the rest of the face to dramatically improve the overall facial appearance. In order to provide the most precise and aesthetically pleasing results, Dr. Irvine does the majority of her rhinoplasties using an open technique. A small, well-hidden incision is made at the bottom of the nose on the columella, between the nostrils. Dr. Irvine uses a structural rhinoplasty approach. This means that she utilizes patients’ own cartilage to reshape the nose while supporting it to ensure long-lasting cosmetic and functional improvements.

Dr. Irvine has performed hundreds of rhinoplasties over the past six years. She received highly specialized training in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty, having worked with rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Paul Nassif on some of the most difficult cases in the world while filming for his television show Botched. This unique experience combined with her attention to detail and perfectionism make her an excellent rhinoplasty surgeon.

During the consultation, Dr. Irvine takes the time to listen to patients’ goals. She performs a thorough nasal examination to understand each patient’s unique nasal anatomy. Using computer software, she creates a picture of what the nose will look like after surgery and makes sure that she and each patient are on the same page.

Recovery after rhinoplasty usually takes about 1-2 weeks. After this time, most patients return to work. The scar under the nose may remain red for approximately six weeks. Swelling lasts for two years but most of the swelling is improved within the first three months after surgery.

Check out before and after images of rhinoplasty surgeries performed by Dr. Irvine here.

A revision rhinoplasty is performed to correct imperfections, irregularities, or difficulty breathing after prior nasal surgery or surgeries. The goals of revision rhinoplasty are to make the nose look natural and aesthetically pleasing and to improve breathing. Because the nose is a three-dimensional structure composed of bone and cartilage covered by skin, healing can be unpredictable as the skin contracts around the underlying framework. Dr. Irvine’s structural rhinoplasty approach corrects these problems, improving breathing while making patients look better at the same time.

Dr. Irvine received highly specialized training in revision rhinoplasty, having spent one year with rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Paul Nassif, operating on hundreds of the most difficult cases in the world while filming for his television show Botched. This unique experience combined with her surgical skill, attention to detail and perfectionism make her an excellent revision rhinoplasty surgeon.

Recovery after revision rhinoplasty usually takes about 1-2 weeks. After this time, most patients return to work. The scar under the nose may remain red for approximately six weeks. Swelling lasts for two years but most of the swelling is improved within the first three months after surgery.

Check out before and after images of rhinoplasty surgeries performed by Dr. Irvine here.

Many patients have difficulty breathing through their noses but do not want to dramatically change the appearance of the nose. Often, patients have been told that they have a deviated septum, which is when the internal cartilage and bone that separate the two nostrils (septum) is obstructing one or both nostrils. Sometimes simply correcting a deviated septum improves breathing sufficiently. However, in many cases nasal obstruction is more complex and is due to narrowing of the internal and/or external nasal valves. In these cases, a functional septorhinoplasty is often the best option. During this surgery, Dr. Irvine uses a patient’s own cartilage to create grafts that open the airway. Sometimes these grafts will alter the appearance of the nose slightly, usually for the better, and the goal is always to ensure that the balance and harmony of the nose with the rest of the face is maintained.

Dr. Irvine’s extensive training in the structural septorhinoplasty approach makes her uniquely positioned to balance the cosmetic and functional demands of this surgery to create excellent results.

Recovery after functional rhinoplasty usually takes about 1-2 weeks. After this time, most patients return to work. The scar under the nose may remain red for approximately six weeks. Swelling lasts for two years but most of the swelling is improved within the first three months after surgery.

Check out before and after images of rhinoplasty surgeries performed by Dr. Irvine here.