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Rhinoplasty or "nose job"

Surgery of the nose in Tampa, FL

 

Your nose is your most defining facial characteristic—having rhinoplasty or a “nose job” removes a distraction that can make a smile seem less beautiful or radiant eyes less becoming. This procedure reshapes the nose to make it more complementary, creating greater symmetry, balance and harmony among the rest of your facial features.

Rhinoplasty is by far the most complex cosmetic procedure; your results depend heavily on the skill and knowledge of your surgeon. Having performed thousands of these procedures over the course of 25 years, Dr. Farrior is one of the most experienced rhinoplasty surgeons in the world. Book a personalized consultation with Dr. Farrior today to see how rhinoplasty can transform the way you look and feel about yourself.


  • You’re not alone. On average, over 50,000 rhinoplasty procedures are performed in America every year.
  • Farrior performs over 100 rhinoplasty procedures each year.
  • Many local doctors refer rhinoplasty patients to Dr. Farrior due to their trust in his results and the level of difficulty and artistry required.
  • Unsure of what you would look like after rhinoplasty? Digital imaging is part of our consultation process!
  • Numerous pre and post-op pictures are also available at consultation as well as acute recovery pictures to help plan the return to your normal routine.
  • Everyone is different, but many of our patients indicate that recovery is not so much painful as it is uncomfortable due to congestion.
  • Your splint comes off on day eight. Even though you will not be healed completely, you may return to work as soon as the splint is removed depending on the nature of your employment.
  • Bruising last typically three weeks although it is different for everybody. Swelling usually subsides 80% by three weeks. You may return to cardio exercise at three weeks and full exercise routine at six weeks.

We follow you postoperatively for the scheduled period of a year and prefer to remain in touch for a lifetime. Post-op appointments are all included in the initial cost. Photos are taken initially at six months and 12 months to measure progress.



Your consultation includes a review of your medical and surgical history, examination and a thorough discussion of your expectations for rhinoplasty. Dr. Farrior and his team will educate you on how to prepare for surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and what will take place during the recovery. Photographs will also be taken during your consultation and digital imaging software will be used to demonstrate the anticipated outcome of your rhinoplasty.

There is a cost for the consultation, which is later applied to your surgery. If concerns remain after your rhinoplasty consultation or if a family member or your support person would like to get informed, a follow-up consultation will take place at no charge.



  • Avoiding products that may thin the blood and make you more likely to bleed. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, Ibuprofen, alcohol, vitamin E, energy drinks and any nutritional supplements that are not approved by Dr. Farrior.
  • Avoiding sun exposure and especially a sunburn prior to surgery. This thickens the skin, causes vasodilation and increases the risk of bleeding.
  • Swabbing the nasal opening with antibiotic ointment to reduce the risk of infection for 10 days prior to rhinoplasty.
  • Increasing your intake of vitamin C to 2000mg per day and taking Arnica starting the day prior to rhinoplasty and continuing afterward for two weeks.


You should arrive early for your rhinoplasty. Arriving late, fighting traffic and being in a rush cause stress, which can compromise your ability to recover. The goal is to control everything that might influence the outcome.

When you arrive at our office, you will be greeted by the staff, escorted to the surgical suite, given your surgical attire and asked to change. Medications to help with the post-operative recovery may be given at that time. The anesthesiologist will review his plan for your care. Dr. Farrior will meet with you again to discuss the plan and desired outcome for your rhinoplasty once more.

After you are taken into the operating room, the anesthesiologist will start an IV and administer medication to begin the sedation. Dr. Farrior performs rhinoplasty under general anesthesia. This allows for your maximum comfort and safety while giving Dr. Farrior the luxury of time to perform the best rhinoplasty possible. The surgery will take approximately two hours to perform. This may be longer or shorter depending on the complexity of the nasal anatomy. With a revision rhinoplasty,* the surgical time can (on occasion) take as long as six hours.

You will awake in the recovery room with your post-operative care and the recovery nurse, an R.N., B.S.N. who is expertly trained to help manage any pain prior to your discharge. There will be a gauze dressing beneath the nostrils and a splint on the nose. To help reduce swelling, ice packs will be on your eyes and cheeks. You will also be severely congested due to post-operative swelling inside the nose. The stay in recovery after a rhinoplasty is usually one hour, at which point you will be cleared to head home.

The remainder of the day, you should remain quiet and at rest. Stay in bed except to go to the bathroom, keep your head elevated and keep ice on your eyes as much as possible. You will need to have a caregiver that day and night.

Initially, consume small volumes of liquids and soft foods like the kind typically given to a child with an upset stomach: ginger ale, cola, 7 Up, broth, bananas, crackers, chicken soup and Jell-O. After you have been able to consume these things without problems, you can advance your diet. Avoid products that have no substance such as water as well as diet beverages—these will make you feel more nauseated.



Eight days after your rhinoplasty, you will return to our office to have your splint removed and your nose once again decongested. On some occasions, Dr. Farrior may reapply tape to your nose for added support or to reduce swelling. You will be given instructions on how to care for and protect your nose as you continue to heal. Some rhinoplasty patients are asked to do nasal exercises to reduce swelling.

For the following six weeks after your rhinoplasty, it’s crucial to sleep with your head elevated. You should also refrain from wearing glasses without the splint on your nose and avoid blowing or picking your nose. Do not do any strenuous activity such as weight lifting. You can ease into cardiovascular exercise after three weeks. Above all, use common sense: if any activity causes discomfort or swelling of the nose, discontinue that activity immediately and do not attempt it again for a week. Your nose knows and will tell you if you pay attention.

Even though you are healing, the nose usually remains significantly swollen for six weeks after a rhinoplasty. The overall improvement will be noticeable; however, the subtleties will not be apparent. It takes a full year for all healing to take place. Throughout your recovery, it is imperative that you get all care and information regarding your nose from Dr. Farrior and his staff. Do not take advice from the internet. Everyone heals differently: they are not you and do not have any knowledge of your case. If you have any questions contact Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery immediately; our staff is informed, experienced and totally committed to your care and recovery.

*Revision Rhinoplasty is much more complex. It may require grafting from the ear or rib, is complicated by scar tissue and the unknown anatomic changes from the previous surgery.