Rhinoplasty Surgery in Seattle

January 29, 2015 Scott C. Sattler

Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) in Seattle

Rhinoplasty refers to surgery of the nose. Rhinoplasty is intended to refine and reconstruct features of the nose to improve overall facial appearance and improve function of the nose.  Rhinoplasty results depend on a number of factors unique to each individual, such as skin thickness, nasal and facial structure, genetic contributions, and age.

Each rhinoplasty procedure for Seattle area patients is uniquely designed to address a patient's particular cosmetic and functional concerns. Rhinoplasty not only improves the aesthetics of the nose, but can improve total facial balance and overall appearance.


  • Balance proportions of the nose and facial features.
  • Reduce the size of the nose that is too large or too wide.
  • Correct a drooping nose.
  • Correct an elevated nasal 'bridge' or 'hump'
  • Improve a crooked or elongated nose tip.
  • Restore the nose if damaged from an accident or sports injury.
  • Help with breathing problems by rebuilding the nasal passage.
  • Treat nasal deformities caused at birth.
  • Improve the overall appearance of the nose

For most healthy Seattle area patients, a rhinoplasty and septoplasty is an 'outpatient' operation, meaning patients return home the same day as surgery. The operation takes between 1 to 3 hours in the operating room. Most patients can return to light work at 4-5 days after surgery. A few sutures and a protective nasal splint are removed 5-7 days after nose surgery. Most patients return to an exercise routine 3-4 weeks after surgery.


After rhinoplasty surgery there is typically some post operative nasal swelling will disappear within a few weeks.  It often takes six to nine months for post-operative nasal swelling to completely resolve. A special nose splint is applied immediately following surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize movement of the nose.  Patients must refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery. Post operative pain can be treated with oral medication and/or cold compresses.  Our experienced rhinoplasty surgery team will see you in our clinic several times after your rhinoplasty surgery.


A rhinoplasty and septoplasty are often performed at the same time. The rhinoplasty procedure has cosmetic components which improve the appearance of the nose. The septoplasty procedure improves the nasal breathing passages to improve nasal function. Septoplasty is sometimes considered to be a reconstructive procedure, which insurance companies often cover as an approved benefit.  The cosmetic portion of the operation - the rhinoplasty - is not covered by insurance, and is paid for out-of-pocket by a patient desiring an improved nasal appearance. Rhinoplasty cost will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation. We will discuss the functional and cosmetic portions of your nasal surgery and determine what portions of the operation insurance may cover.

Call 206-729-2248 to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Scott Sattler in Seattle, WA

Learn more about rhinoplasty surgery on our website www.scottsattlermd.com

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