Commonly referred to as a nose job, nose surgery is clinically defined as a rhinoplasty. Nose surgery or nose reshaping is intended to improve the appearance of the nose for better facial balance and aesthetics. Although it is a cosmetic procedure, nose surgery can be required following facial trauma or to correct medical conditions. 

Ideal Nose Surgery Candidates

How can you tell if you’re a good candidate for nose surgery? While it’s a very personal decision to make, there are few boxes you should be able to check before pursuing this procedure. For instance, nose surgery isn’t recommended for individuals who are still growing and developing. Generally speaking, human faces stop growing by the time we’ve reached 21 years of age; however, female faces typically are finished growing by the early or mid-teenage years. 

Other factors that are critical to consider before scheduling a consult for nose surgery is your physical health. Also, smokers are not good candidates for nose surgery because cigarettes impair the body’s natural healing process, which could lead to complications during or post-surgery. Provided you’re healthy and a non-smoker, nose surgery could be a viable option for you. 

Just as important, however, is your perspective when it comes to improving your appearance. While nose surgery candidates are looking for a more symmetrical appearance, it’s essential to acknowledge that no face is perfect. All faces feature asymmetry in one way or another, to different degrees of noticeability. 


It’s not uncommon for plastic surgeons to place a splint on your nose to help protect its new shape. Most patients are monitored for a few hours post-surgery, but can go home that same day. Anesthesia will make it unsafe for you to drive, so make sure you arrange transportation home ahead of time. 

Rest up at home, keeping your head elevated above your chest and expect to see your surgeon approximately one week post-op to ensure proper healing. 

Learn more about rhinoplasty surgery from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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I was self-conscious for years of the bumps on the upper part of my nose

I was self-conscious for years of the bumps on the upper part of my nose. I contemplated Rhinoplasty for years but was always worried about the end result. Dr. Sterling understood exactly what my concerns were, reviewed the revisions with me and I am so thrilled with the end result. I still look like me (with not wanting a completely different nose shape) and what I disliked is corrected. I could not be happier and it has increased my self-confidence. I would highly recommend Dr. Sterling and his staff. I cannot thank you all enough!!!

Thanks again Dr. Sterling. I truly appreciate the extra time you spent during the surgery, following up with me for the first few days after surgery etc. Thank you Sarah and staff also! You are a great team and I truly cannot thank you enough!


Ready to consider rhinoplasty and experience how nose surgery can improve the look and feel of your nose? Contact our office today for a consultation with Dr. Sterling. 

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Dr. Daniel Sterling

Meet Your Surgeon: Dr. Daniel Sterling

Dr. Sterling’s ongoing commitment to patient safety and satisfaction is evident in the personal attention and care he provides to each and every one of his patients.

Dr. Sterling treats patients from all over New England including the northernmost parts of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, as well as Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. He provides the entire spectrum of cosmetic surgery and is double board certified with both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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