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What Is a Rhinoplasty?

As one of the most central features on your face, your nose plays a significant role in your appearance. Even subtle changes to the size or shape of your nose can have a dramatic impact on the way you look. This is one of the main reasons why rhinoplasty, also called nose surgery or nose job, consistently ranks among the top plastic surgery procedures performed each year.

If you aren’t happy with the appearance of your nose, consider yourself in good company. Many people experience self-consciousness over this important facial feature. At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, we offer rhinoplasty in Maryland and DC for men and women who would like to improve the appearance of their nose.

Dr. Michael Chiaramonte and Dr. Costeloe have a combined over 25 years of experience performing nose surgery. They understand the characteristics and aesthetics that are commonly present in all beautiful noses. Our facial plastic surgeons also know the subtle differences in the features considered attractive for male and female noses as well as ethnic variations. They will listen carefully to your concerns and goals to devise a customized treatment plan that will deliver the beautiful outcome you desire.

You can learn about your options and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Chiaramonte and Dr. Costeloe in person or during a virtual consultation. Please call 301-567-6767 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia as well as out of state and international patients.

What Concerns Can Rhinoplasty Correct?

Rhinoplasty can be performed on any part of the nasal area, and it can help you address a wide range of aesthetic concerns, including:

  • Nose that is too small
  • Nose that is too large
  • Tip that is too small
  • Tip that is too large, wide or droopy
  • Irregularly shaped nose
  • Crooked, bent or unattractive bridge
  • Nostrils that are too narrow or constricted

While nose surgery will help you improve the appearance of your nose, it often has the additional benefit of creating better overall balance and harmony with your other facial features. Often, making subtle improvements to the chin will further enhance this facial harmony. For this reason, our surgeons may recommend chin augmentation in conjunction with nose surgery to achieve the best possible results.

In some instances, nose surgery in Maryland and DC is performed to improve breathing issues associated with a deviated septum. This procedure is commonly referred to as a functional rhinoplasty.

Who Are the Ideal Candidates for A Rhinoplasty Procedure?

If you live in Maryland and DC and would like to improve the appearance of your nose, you are most likely a good rhinoplasty candidate. In general, ideal candidates:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
  • Have a fully matured nose (this typically occurs around age 15-16 for girls and age 16-17 for boys)
  • Are unhappy with the appearance of their nose
  • Need to fix a functional issue such as a deviated septum
  • Have difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Have a history of trauma to your nose

If you smoke, you’ll need to be willing to quit prior to surgery and throughout the recovery period since smoking can negatively impact healing and results.

What Is the Best Age for Rhinoplasty Surgery?

The best age for rhinoplasty surgery in Maryland and DC is typically after the individual has finished their major growth spurts. For girls, this is usually around the age of 16, and for boys, it may be a bit later, often around the age of 17 or 18. However, these are just general guidelines and not strict rules.

The timing of rhinoplasty also depends on the reasons for surgery. If the surgery is being performed to correct a breathing problem or a deformity due to injury, it may be done at a younger age. It’s also essential to consider emotional readiness. Rhinoplasty is a significant surgery that can alter one’s appearance, so it’s crucial that the individual is emotionally mature and understands the implications of the procedure. Ultimately, the decision should be made in consultation with one of our surgeons, who can evaluate the individual’s physical development and emotional readiness, along with understanding their reasons and goals for wanting the surgery.

Your Customized Rhinoplasty Procedure

Nose surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis in Maryland and DC under general anesthesia. How long the operation takes depends on the complexity of your surgery.

Based on your needs and goals, Dr. Chiaramonte and Dr. Costeloe may recommend one of the following techniques for your nose surgery:

  • Open rhinoplasty – An incision is made across the columella (soft tissue between the nostrils). Bone, soft tissue and cartilage is reshaped to achieve your desired appearance.
  • Closed rhinoplasty – All incisions are made inside the nostrils. Bone, soft tissue and cartilage is reshaped to achieve your desired appearance.
  • Limited rhinoplasty or tip-plasty – This technique is ideal if you are strictly looking to change the appearance of the tip of your nose.
  • Nostril reduction – This procedure is performed to reduce the size of nostrils that are very large or flared out. Our surgeons can perform nostril reduction using either an open or closed technique.
  • Revision rhinoplasty – This is if you have had previous nose surgery.

View Our Rhinoplasty Before And After Photos.

a woman's nose before and after rhinoplasty surgery

What Is the Recovery after Nose Surgery?

Our providers will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. It’s important that you follow these very carefully to ensure proper healing and the best possible results.

Make sure you arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery since you will still be experiencing the lingering effects of anesthesia. Drink plenty of fluids and get a lot of rest for the remainder of the day. We also recommend that you have someone around the house to assist you during the first day of your recovery.

You should expect some discomfort after rhinoplasty surgery in Maryland and DC, but this can be alleviated with cold compresses and pain medications prescribed by Dr. Chiaramonte and Dr. Costeloe. There will be light swelling and bruising around the eyes, which will gradually subside over the first two weeks of recovery.

Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, requires a significant healing period. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect:

Week 1: In the first week following surgery, you’ll likely have a nasal splint or cast to protect and support your nose. You may experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. Six to seven days after surgery I remove the cast and sutures.

Week 2: By the end of the second week, the bruising and swelling will improve enough to where an observer would not know you had rhinoplasty surgery.

3 months: By this time about 80% of the swelling will resolve and you’ll start to see the new shape of your nose more clearly.

Months 4-12: The healing process continues during this period, with the residual 20% of the swelling slowly disappearing during this time. Your nose will gradually refine, and the final shape will become apparent. It’s important to protect your nose from injury during this time.

Keep in mind, everyone’s healing process is unique and can be influenced by factors such as age, overall health, and the specific surgical techniques used.

How Much Does a Rhinoplasty Cost?

The cost varies based on the type of surgery performed and the complexity of the operation. The specific costs of your surgery will be discussed during your consultation. Bella Cosmetic Surgery offers a variety of financing options to ensure your procedure fits into your budget. During your rhinoplasty consultation at our Maryland/DC office, our staff will review these options with you and help you fill out the necessary paperwork.


  • “The staff are friendly and professional. You feel comfortable being there as soon as you walk in the door. Dr. C did a beautiful job! I could not be any happier!” – B.
  • “Entire office was professional, personal and welcoming. Any concerns and questions were answered immediately. Dr. Chiaramonte was very gracious at every visit. I would refer to Bella CS in an instant.” – P.
  • “Dr. C and the Bella staff are like family from the beginning to the end of your process, helping you with every concern. My opinion of Dr. C is he truly enjoys making you happy with your vision. I would go to him again. Thanks Bella Staff.” – A.
  • “I have been going to Dr. Chiaramonte for years, and I am always pleased with my results. The staff is always so professional and knowledgeable. Dr. Chiaramonte truly cares about his patients and has a great bedside manner. I will continue to go to Bella Cosmetics for all my beauty enhancement desires.”

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