Few facial features have a greater impact on someone’s appearance than the size and shape of their nose. There is no “ideal” nose, so Dr. Scott Gayner performs rhinoplasty at our Harrisburg, PA, practice with the goal of producing results that look natural and harmonizes well with other facial features. With rhinoplasty or nose surgery (often simply referred to as a “nose job”), a very slight alteration is often all that is needed to create a much more attractive and balanced appearance. Dr. Gayner is a double board-certified, face-focused plastic surgeon with years of experience working with the delicate nasal area. He has both the surgical skill and artistic eye to make the fine adjustments that are necessary to create a beautiful nose through rhinoplasty for his patients.

What Can Rhinoplasty Improve?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that can reconstruct and improve the form of the nose, aesthetically enhance it, balance it in relation to other facial features, and restore lost function. It achieves these goals by correcting congenital defects, damage due to previous nasal trauma, breathing issues, aesthetic disproportions, or a failed primary (first) rhinoplasty.

Dr. Gayner performs rhinoplasty to make one or a combination of improvements to the nose, which may include:

Some of the most common requests for rhinoplasty that patients describe to Dr. Gayner include removing a hump or bump in the nasal bridge, narrowing nostril width, balancing the angle between the nose and mouth, as well as correcting birth defects, injuries, or other issues that affect breathing, such as a deviated septum (often referred to as a septoplasty).

What Our Patients Are Saying

"I had a wonderful experience at Stratis Gayner and would recommend them to anyone. I loved that the staff was friendly and made me feel comfortable in an awkward situation. I called several times with questions and never felt like I was bothering anyone. And best of all, I have an excellent result that is very natural. Thanks a bunch."

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What to Expect from a Rhinoplasty Consultation

After a careful examination, Dr. Gayner may use computer-simulated imaging to guide a discussion of how you would like your nose to look and how that could be accomplished through rhinoplasty. Using our Vectra 3-D imaging device, Dr. Gayner will mock up a 3-D model to compare what you might look like before and after surgery. This imaging allows Dr. Gayner a clear way to communicate the options and possibilities that can be achieved with nose surgery, and patients with a way to visually represent their concerns and what they would like to improve.

You are more likely to be pleased with your results if you have realistic expectations about what rhinoplasty will accomplish, so it’s important to choose a surgeon who will be honest about the procedure. You should also ask your surgeon to provide before-and-after photographs of former patients so you can see actual results.


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What to Expect from the Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty is an incredibly versatile procedure that can correct a variety of aesthetic and functional concerns of the nose. By using leading-edge techniques, Dr. Gayner can reduce the appearance of a nasal hump, resize the nostrils, or adjust the projection of the nose. There are very few aesthetic concerns that can’t be alleviated with surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Gayner reviews your goals with you and helps you determine whether rhinoplasty is right for you.

Dr. Gayner performs rhinoplasty at an ambulatory surgery center using sedation or general anesthetic. Dr. Gayner reshapes the structure of the nose through carefully placed incisions. In most cases, he uses the “open” rhinoplasty technique, which involves an incision between the nostrils at the columella (the fleshy, outer end of the septum), as it provides the greatest access both visually and physically to the internal structures of the nose. An open rhinoplasty is a much easier and reliable method to secure any grafts to the skin, cartilage, or bone.

Once he has made the incisions, he can change the size and shape of the nose by manipulating the underlying bone, cartilage, or both.

After the surgery is complete and Dr. Gayner has closed the incisions, a splint is applied to the outside of the nose to provide support and help it restructure and recover itself. All patients are able to return home the day of surgery.

Recovery and Results

Expect to feel stuffy and wear the nose splint for about a week after rhinoplasty. Sleeping in a recliner or propped up in bed with pillows will help minimize swelling and bruising. Pain is usually minimal but depends on the extent of your surgery. Most patients are ready to return to work after a week.

Although you may see some slight changes in the appearance of your nose for up to a year, your new look should be visible when initial swelling subsides in the first few weeks after your surgery. If the rhinoplasty was performed properly, people will not be able to tell you had surgery (besides the aesthetic improvements). The results should look natural and harmonize well with the rest of the face.

Dr. Gayner advises most of his rhinoplasty patients to wait at least 2 weeks before attempting any exercise that might elevate their blood pressure or heart rate, as it could cause the nose to swell or bleed. Depending on the extent of the surgery and individual healing rates, most patients are able to return to more vigorous exercise after about a month.

Still Have Questions?

If you’re considering rhinoplasty, you probably have a lot of questions. To learn more about what you can expect from your experience at Stratis Gayner, check out our Rhinoplasty FAQ.

Options Beyond Rhinoplasty Surgery

To more completely transform your look, Dr. Gayner offers other facial plastic surgery procedures such as eyelid surgery and facial liposuction.

If after your initial consultation you decide that you are not ready for surgery, you might consider a non-surgical facial procedure to refresh your appearance.

Women and men visit Dr. Gayner in Harrisburg for rhinoplasty, traveling from Lancaster and other central Pennsylvania communities. To discuss what you would like to change about your nose, request a consultation with Dr. Gayner using the online form or call our office at  (717) 728-1700.

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