Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

The nose plays a significant role in determining overall facial harmony, and it is the focal point of the face. As a result, rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures performed at Gilpin Facial Plastics. Nose surgery, also called “rhinoplasty” or a “nose job,” is a procedure designed to improve the shape, size, and contour of the nose.

This procedure helps create a balanced-looking nose by carefully correcting aesthetic problems that occur secondary to genetics. Rhinoplasty can also reverse cosmetic issues caused by injuries, and it can even correct certain breathing problems and other challenges associated with the nasal passage. Through surgical precision and artistic insight, Dr. David Gilpin has helped many men and women in Nashville feel more comfortable with the appearance of their nose. Discover how nose surgery can help refine your profile and create a more harmonious balance with your facial features.

Considering rhinoplasty in Nashville? Contact plastic surgeon Dr. David Gilpin today at (615) 942-7301 to schedule a nose surgery consultation at his Nashville office. 

Your Rhinoplasty Expert in Nashville

When it comes to nose surgery, even the subtlest refinement can affect the overall balance of your facial features. Because of this, rhinoplasty requires the care and surgical skill of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Gilpin is a double-board certified surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery, so patients can be assured that their rhinoplasty will be carried out with the highest standard of care and expertise.

Dr. Gilpin wants you to feel your best while still looking like yourself, which is why he performs rhinoplasty procedures while being mindful of each patient’s unique anatomy. Gilpin Facial Plastics can help you achieve the following with a rhinoplasty in Nashville:

  • Reduce the size and position of the nose
  • Smooth out bumps and/or depressions on the bridge and/or tip of the nose
  • Narrow the bridge of the nose for a refined look
  • Change the size or shape of the tip of the nose
  • Widen or narrow the size of the nostrils
  • Adjust the angle between the nose and upper lip for symmetry
  • Straighten the septum to improve breathing

Ideal Candidates for Rhinoplasty 


People considering rhinoplasty in Nashville typically desire the following from their nose surgery:

  • Decrease or increase the size of the nose to create more balance with the face
  • Change the shape of the bridge or enhance the appearance of the nose tip
  • Change the angle of the nose
  • Correct cosmetic issues stemming from an injury or treat breathing problems

Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty are men and women who’d like to improve the appearance of their nose. Patients should also be in good health with realistic expectations about outcome. It’s also important to not smoke, as smoking can impair your body’s ability to heal properly after nose surgery.

To see what kind of results you can expect from rhinoplasty, feel free to browse our before-and-after photo gallery of prior Nashville nose surgery patients.

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Your Consultation for Rhinoplasty in Nashville

The decision to undergo rhinoplasty is often one that is made after careful consideration. And being trusted with the most focal feature of your face – the nose – is a responsibility that Dr. Gilpin feels honored to have. For this reason, he facilitates friendly, welcoming consultations that will allow you to feel comfortable fully explaining your reasons for seeking nose surgery. Using this information, he can help you achieve results that closely match your cosmetic goals and preferences.

He will also help you explore all of the procedures available that can help you get the overall look you’re seeking. For example, some patients want to improve the look of their nose but don’t want to necessarily undergo surgery. In these cases, non-surgical rhinoplasty is an option. Instead of surgically altering the nose, this procedure involves the use of fillers to provide a more aesthetically pleasing contour to the nose and to decrease the appearance of dorsal bumps.



Additionally, many men and women in Nashville also want a more refreshed appearance to go along with their newly shaped nose, and non-invasive treatments like injectables or chemical peels offer exceptional rejuvenation with minimal downtime. Whether you’re only seeking rhinoplasty or you’re interested in other procedures that may complement the effects of nose surgery, Dr. Gilpin will provide you with honest, informative advice so that you can make the decision that’s best for you.



Rhinoplasty Nashville: Explore Your Options


Open Rhinoplasty vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

There are different rhinoplasty techniques available depending on the preference of the surgeon, but as an expert in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Gilpin finds that open rhinoplasty is a superior method. During his training, he was mentored by one of the pioneers of this technique and has a vast amount of experience with it. Using this method, Dr. Gilpin can expertly shape the tip of the nose and repair more extensive issues inside of the nose. Likewise, he can do more work on the dorsal bump area, resulting in a straighter nose.

Some patients are initially drawn to closed rhinoplasty because incisions are only made inside of the nostrils, and because of the common belief that it results in less swelling. However, open rhinoplasty offers much greater precision and the ability to create a more aesthetically pleasing nasal shape in ways that are simply not possible with closed rhinoplasty. Additionally, Dr. Gilpin’s refined techniques and expertise result in minimal discomfort during nose surgery recovery.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Some men and women in Nashville would prefer to avoid the surgical route, but they still want to improve the appearance of their nose. For these patients, non-surgical rhinoplasty may be a more suitable option. With this procedure, fillers are used to correct minor irregularities on the nose. Specifically, ideal contours are created by strategically filling in areas. Filler can also minimize the appearance of dorsal bumps by filling the surrounding area so that a more even surface is produced. The tip of the nose can also be enhanced. Because fillers are not permanent, a non-surgical nose job also allows patients the freedom to either maintain their new look or let the results fade within six-to-nine months.

How Open Rhinoplasty Is Performed

Before your rhinoplasty procedure, you will be put under general anesthesia. Your incision will be made across the columella, which is the small strip of tissue under the nostrils. Because the incision is made in an area that is mostly hidden, any resulting scar will be minimal. In fact, the incision typically is imperceptible once it is fully healed and is difficult to find!

After the incision is made, the cartilage and bones that give the nose its shape are recontoured according to your anatomy and cosmetic goals. Once the final look is achieved, the incision will be closed with very fine sutures, and a nasal splint will be placed over the bridge of the nose for protection and support. Dr. Gilpin does not use nasal packing after rhinoplasty procedures.

Considering rhinoplasty in Nashville, TN? Contact plastic surgeon Dr. David Gilpin today at (615) 942-7301 to schedule a nose surgery consultation at his Nashville office.

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Rhinoplasty Nashville – FAQs


How Long Does It Take to Recover from Rhinoplasty? Will I Be in Pain Afterwards?

Most of Dr. Gilpin’s Nashville nose surgery patients report minimal pain after the procedure, and the most common concern is nasal congestion and “stuffiness” because of post-operative swelling. Patients will need about one week of downtime to recover from rhinoplasty. During this time, it’s important to be very gentle with your nose when washing your face or applying cosmetics.

After the first five-to-seven days, patients can usually return to work and resume their regular daily activities. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided until Dr. Gilpin determines that your nose has healed properly. Dr. Gilpin’s follow-up schedule includes an appointment four days after surgery, then one week, two weeks, six months, and one year. At your first follow-up appointments, he can make sure you’re healing optimally and clear you for physical activity, when appropriate.

In the case of non-surgical rhinoplasty, downtime is very minimal. Patients might experience minor swelling or bruising, but this typically doesn’t last more than a day and can usually be covered by makeup.

Where Will My Rhinoplasty in Nashville Be Performed?

Dr. Gilpin’s procedures are typically performed at the Cool Springs Surgery Center, which is a fully accredited, state-of-the-art surgical center conveniently located in Nashville.

Can I Wear Glasses After My Nose Surgery?

Patients who wear contact lenses can resume wearing contacts immediately after nose surgery; however, patients who wear glasses will need to take extra precaution. If you need to wear glasses during the first four-to-six weeks after nose surgery, it’s recommended that you either tape your glasses to your forehead or buy a special device that allows the glasses to rest on your cheeks instead of your nose. These devices are commonly used by patients after rhinoplasty.

Will I Be Able to Go Home After My Nose Surgery Is Complete?

Yes, after your nose surgery is complete you will be able to go home. Rhinoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis. As a caveat, you will still be under the effects of anesthesia after surgery, so you will need a responsible adult to drive you home afterwards. Also, you might want to consider arranging for someone to help you out for a day or two after surgery. This will allow you to relax and maximize your recovery time from rhinoplasty.

Does Rhinoplasty Leave Noticeable Scars?

Your rhinoplasty scars will be virtually undetectable. The incision is made across the columella, which is the bridge of skin and tissue between the nostrils. The remainder of the incisions are all made inside of the nose.  At the conclusion of the nose surgery, Dr. Gilpin meticulously closes the columellar incision with fine sutures, which leaves almost no trace of the incision.

When Will the Stitches Be Removed After Rhinoplasty?

Stitches are typically removed six or seven days after nose surgery.

What Are the Possible Complications from Rhinoplasty?

Complications from rhinoplasty are rare, especially when performed by a board-certified surgeon on appropriately selected candidates. However, as with any surgery, risks are still possible. General complications after rhinoplasty include adverse reaction to anesthesia, poor healing, nosebleed, and infection.

When Can I Expect to See Results from Nose Surgery?

You will probably notice an immediate improvement in the appearance of your nose, but the final results will become more evident as swelling goes down over the coming weeks and months after your procedure. It may take up to a year for the final results of your rhinoplasty to become apparent. It’s normal to feel a bit anxious to see the full results, but keep in mind that your body needs time to fully heal. Every day your swelling will subside, allowing you to adjust to your newly sculpted nose.

Considering rhinoplasty in Nashville? Contact plastic surgeon Dr. David Gilpin today at (615) 942-7301 to schedule a nose surgery consultation at his Nashville office. 

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