Rhinoplasty Salt Lake City

Dr. Petersen performs rhinoplasty in order to reshape the nose. Appearance can be improved for those people who are dissatisfied with the shape and size of their nose. Rhinoplasty was one of the first cosmetic procedures ever developed and is among those most frequently performed today.


Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which deformities of the nose are corrected by removing, rearranging or reshaping bone or cartilage.


Reasons for Rhinoplasty Surgery

Reasons to get a rhinoplasy include reducing the size of the nose, removal of bumps on the bridge of the nose, as well as improving the angle of a nose. You may seek a rhinoplasty due to the natural characteristics of your nose or due to external trauma to the face. This operation may also help patients who have difficulty breathing. Dr. Petersen can perform a rhinoplasty on all age groups, including teens and the elderly. Dr. Petersen uses rhinoplasty as a common part of cleft palate and cleft lip reconstruction in children.

Before Rhinoplasty Surgery

As is true before any plastic surgery, Dr. Petersen will take a medical history and conduct a careful examination in order to evaluate your general health. He will discuss with you the way your nose can look in relation to your other facial features. Digital photographs and computer imaging allow Dr. Petersen to evaluate the appropriate procedure to achieve the desired results. Pre-operative instructions may include the elimination of certain drugs that contain aspirin in order to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding during and after your rhinoplasty. Antibiotics will be prescribed before surgery to prevent infection.

Method of Surgery

Dr. Petersen performs rhinoplasty in our Murray, Utah office under general anesthesia. In most cases involving a reduction in shape or size of the nose, or change in angle or removal of a hump, the skin of the nose is separated from the underlying skeleton of bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then reshaped and the skin re-draped over the surface. Patients who have a deviated septum may benefit by correction of this problem. The incisions are placed inside the nose, unless Dr. Petersen uses an open approach, in which case the incisions are made across the tissue between the nostrils. In cases where the nostrils flare, Dr. Petersen may make an incision at the junction between the nose and the skin of the upper lip to narrow the flared appearance. It is not unusual to combine rhinoplasty with chin augmentation to improve the overall profile of the face.

Post-Operative Rhinoplasty Information

The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people resume their normal activities within a week or two. Expect swelling and bruising. Rhinoplasty patients tend to look like they have been through a lot of trauma. But you look scarier than you feel. Arnica is an herb that can be found in natural food stores and can lessen bruising or speed it’s healing.

Following surgery, a lightweight splint is applied to maintain the new shape of the nose. The splint is removed within a week. Nasal splints may be inserted at the time of surgery to protect the septum. These are removed within a week. There is always some stuffiness of the nose, especially when work has been done on the nasal septum.

Pain is minimal and is controlled with medications. Bruising occurs around the eyes, but begins to fade within a few days. Discoloration usually disappears in two weeks. Many patients say that day three post-surgery is the worst. The bruising is at it’s worst and you begin to question the sanity of your choice to have a rhinoplasty. But hold on. You will begin to see improvement soon and feel much more confident about your choice. The results of your rhinoplasty surgery will take time to fully appreciate. Right away you will see improvement, but it will take months for the swelling to fully disappear.


Your insurance company may pay for all or part of the costs associated with your surgery if it is performed as a result of nasal obstruction. It is recommended that you check with your carrier to determine if there is coverage.

Learn More: Five Reasons to Get Rhinoplasty