Rhinoplasty In Minneapolis St. Paul, MN


Everyone’s nose is different, and is a prominent feature affecting the appearance of your face. For both men and women, dissatisfaction with the shape or size of the nose leads them to consider plastic surgery to reshape or resize this facial feature. Heredity is the main factor that determines the shape of your nose, although injuries to the nose can also alter its appearance and affect your breathing. If your nose causes you concern and you think that changing it will help your self-image and improve your appearance, nose reshaping may be right for you.

Plastic surgeons can improve most appearance problems involving the nose. Often, small changes have a big impact on appearance, and nose reshaping is a frequent procedure for plastic surgeons. Some of the things rhinoplasty can correct include:

  • A too-large nose in proportion with other facial features.
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose.
  • An overly wide nose.
  • Bumps on the bridge of the nose.
  • A bulbous or enlarged nasal tip.
  • A nasal tip that droops or is too upturned.
  • An off-center or crooked nose.
  • Oversized or excessively flared nostrils.
  • Asymmetrical nose due to previous injury.

Evaluating Your Nose in a Consultation

When you have a nose-reshaping consultation with Dr. McCue, he will ask you about your current health, current medications and medical history, along with any previous injuries or surgeries on your nose. He’ll ask you to describe what bothers you about your nose and what results you’d like to achieve. Dr. McCue will examine your nose, both externally and internally and assess its size and shape in relationship to your other facial features, along with your skin type. He may also take measurements and photographs. He will then make recommendations about reshaping your nose and give you a good idea of what results you can expect. You’ll learn about the surgical procedures, the risks involved in the surgery, the cost of the surgery, and you’ll get answers to all of your questions.


Types of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty in PlymouthDr. McCue can perform several types of rhinoplasty:

Open Rhinoplasty

When performing open rhinoplasty, Dr. McCue places a small incision on the columella, the strip of tissue that separates your nostrils. This allows him ample access to the inner structure of the nose for complex nose reshaping procedures.

Closed Rhinoplasty

If smaller modifications are requested for the nose, Dr. McCue may be able to perform closed rhinoplasty, in which all the incisions are placed inside the nostrils (therefore creating no visible scarring).

Functional Rhinoplasty

A functional rhinoplasty, or septoplasty, is a surgery that makes improving breathing the top priority. Dr. McCue can straighten a deviated septum so that air flows through the nose normally. Sometimes, a patient will request cosmetic and functional elements in a single procedure.

Male Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular forms of male plastic surgery. Dr. McCue takes a slightly different approach to male rhinoplasty since the traits that make a male nose attractive can be different than what is typically requested by women. Usually, this means creating a nose that is bigger, wider, and has prominent nostrils.

Revision Rhinoplasty

When a patient is not fully satisfied with a prior nose job, revision rhinoplasty by another surgeon is appropriate. Because the nose is more delicate after a rhinoplasty and the revision techniques are more challenging, it is important to select an outstanding plastic surgeon to perform this surgery.

Rhinoplasty Procedures – What to Expect

After you make a decision to go ahead with nose reshaping, Dr. McCue will schedule the surgery and select a Twin Cities location for the surgery with you. Nose reshaping is often done on an outpatient basis, so you’ll probably be able to go home on the day of the surgery. Some nose reshaping is done under local anesthesia, while other procedures require general anesthesia.

Different surgical procedures are used for each type of condition. In some cases, all incisions are made inside the nose, but small, inconspicuous external incisions are needed for some surgeries. Dr. McCue will discuss the exact procedures he will use with you prior to the surgery.

Rhinoplasty Recovery and Results

After your surgery, you’ll recover for a time in a recovery room. You’ll receive medication for discomfort both in the recovery room and to take with you. A splint may be present to protect your nose for several days, and soft packing may also be used inside of your nose. You’ll be given detailed self-care instruction before you return home. You can expect some bruising to appear around the eyes and cheeks, but this will fade in a few days, and can be concealed with makeup after the first couple of days. Swelling can be significant and uncomfortable, but will diminish over time. You should be able to return to work within a week to ten days. Follow-up visits with Dr. McCue will be scheduled. As the bruising and swelling decrease, you’ll see the results of your surgery, and improvements will continue over the next months.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

At what age is it appropriate to have a nose job?

Rhinoplasty surgery in PlymouthMany of Dr. McCue’s patients decide to have rhinoplasty in their 20s since their desire to improve the appearance of their nose begins young. However, patients who are much older remain strong candidates for rhinoplasty so long as they are in good health. The main requirement regarding age is that patients be at least 16. That is because bones continue to grow throughout puberty, and your bones should not be surgically adjusted until they are full size.

How long can I enjoy my rhinoplasty results?

Although some plastic surgery procedures are eventually affected by the aging process, rhinoplasty results can last a lifetime because your nose largely holds its shape. Just remember that it may require patience to see your final results as the swelling subsides.

What is the price of rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a highly customizable surgery, so the cost of your surgery will reflect the types of changes you have requested and the techniques necessary to fulfill your goals. Dr. McCue can provide a quote following a consultation. In most cases, rhinoplasty is considered an elective procedure, but insurance may cover some of the costs if surgery is necessary to improve breathing.

Will I have scarring after rhinoplasty

Visible scarring depends on the technique Dr. McCue uses to perform your rhinoplasty. With closed rhinoplasty, incisions are placed inside the nostrils, which easily conceals the scarring. With open rhinoplasty, you can expect a slight scar on the underside of your nose. The good news is not only will this scar fade significantly over time, but it is also difficult for other people to notice given its position under the nose.

First Steps Toward a More Pleasing Nose

If you’ve been considering changes to the appearance of your nose, your first step in making those changes is an appointment for a consultation with Dr. McCue. In that appointment you’ll learn all the things you need to know about rhinoplasty, so you can make your own personal, fully informed decision. Contact Dr. McCue’s Minneapolis St. Paul office to get started.

A Crucial Step
Your Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. McCue, you will be able to tell him what cosmetic procedure you are interested in, why you are considering plastic surgery, and what results you hope to achieve. He will carefully assess your needs, and help you understand all aspects of your procedure, including a clear explanation of what results you can expect, along with the risks involved with any surgical procedure.

He will also explain all of your options and help you understand what to expect prior to, during, and following the surgery. He will also give you a good idea of the costs of the procedure, if is not covered by insurance. Dr. McCue’s friendly and open personality makes these consultations pleasant and informative for his patients. Contact Dr. McCue soon to schedule your initial consultation.

2805 Campus Dr, Suite 335,
Plymouth, MN 55441

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