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What is Rhinoplasty?


Rhinoplasty expert Dr. Catherine S. Chang has a deep understanding of facial anatomy and is a world-renowned rhinoplasty expert. As a craniofacial specialist she understands the importance of preserving one’s unique heritage and identity and enhancing your best features.

Rhinoplasty, better known as a “nose job,” is used to change the appearance of the nose so that it better complements one’s face. The procedure can also be performed to improve breathing, especially for patients who have a deviated septum or some other condition that impairs breathing.

Rhinoplasty adjusts both portions of the nose, including the upper portion, which is bone, and the lower portion, which is cartilage.

There are two techniques that can be used when performing a rhinoplasty:

  • Open rhinoplasty technique which uses smaller incisions placed at the narrowest part of the columella, which is the area between the nostrils.
  • A closed rhinoplasty is when the procedure is performed inside of the nostrils with no external incisions.
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Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Everyone wants to look in the mirror and love the person they see looking back at them. But what if you aren’t entirely happy with how your facial features look? Some patients often feel insecure and self-conscious about the appearance of their nose.

There are many reasons that patients decide to undergo rhinoplasty. Some of the top benefits of this popular cosmetic procedure include:

  • Correcting a deviated septum
  • Improved breathing 
  • Improved size 
  • Facial balance and harmony
  • Refined nasal bridge and profile
  • Removal of nasal dorsal hump
  • Refined nostril width and size
  • Refined nasal tip

“Surgery sans looking surgical”

After many hours spent looking at pictures, studying surgeons' credentials, reading reviews and staring at my aging face, I chose Catherine Chang, MD for my facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty and CO2 laser procedure. It was a leap of faith that came with great anxiety in the midst of a pandemic year. My first visit with Dr. Chang was unhurried and she took the time to explain the procedures she was recommending as well as the results that could be expected. Her confidence and understanding were reassuring. Dr. Chang is a skilled surgeon, talented and perceptive. She understood what I was looking for. State of the art results: Dr. Chang is an amazing young woman, a perfectionist.
Muriel G.
February 2021
Dr. Chang is AMAZING. I’d had incredibly severe breathing issues my whole life—I’m talking sinus headaches, blurry vision, absolutely *no* airflow through one side of my nose—all from an extremely deviated septum. On top of everything else, the septum issue created a huge bump in my nose that proved to be very problematic for my career as a performer. As a woman of color, finding a doctor who could improve my quality of life, adjust my profile, but simultaneously honor my heritage and my ethnicity was a terrifying thought. I wanted to solve my problem, but I wanted to come out looking like me. I was overwhelmed by the fear of not being heard—as I’d had many other experiences where my dignity as a patient was clearly not the priority.
Sydney H.
September 2020
Dr. Catherine Chang changed my life. At 43, I unfortunately had aged prematurely in my lower face and neck and was so unhappy with my changing appearance. I had met with a couple of other surgeons but was too scared to trust them with such a big surgery. Not only is Dr. Chang professionally incredible but she is also cool and sweet as can be and every office visit is a joy. I am so grateful I found Dr. Catherine Chang!
Shana H.
November 2020
"Dr. Chang is absolutely amazing. I am beyond happy and thankful that I chose to have my procedure with her! Words can't describe how happy I am! My recovering was less than 3 days! Same day I was already on my feet! I only took pain medication for about a day. I recovered so fast, not a single issue. Now the best part is the results, the result is INCREDIBLE. Exactly what I wanted! Thank you Dr. Chang!!!"
Los Angeles, CA
May 2019
"Dr. Catherine Chang is a masterful plastic surgeon! I cannot say enough about how happy I am with the results of my recent surgery! I have "cred" as they say because I'm in the business of medical aesthetics--a Registered Nurse in this field since the early 2000's. I have been extremely fortunate to work with legendary plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills. Thank you Dr. Chang for restoring this face and neck!"
Joy E.
Los Angeles, CA
January 2019
"Dr. Cat Chang is amazing! I wish there were more than 5 stars I could give her. After years of contemplation, I went ahead and had the rhinoplasty (nose job) I have always wanted with Dr. Chang. I could not be more pleased with the results! I love my new profile, it is exactly what I hoped for!"
Santa Monica, CA
May 2019
"Simply put, Dr. Chang is phenomenal on so many levels! It was such an easy decision to choose her to perform my breast implant replace and lift surgery. Apart from having a "rock star" academic resume, upon meeting her I was immediately impressed as she has a very caring demeanor, is personable, professional, compassionate, but most importantly, incredibly experienced and knowledgeable."
Redondo Beach, CA
April 2019

Achieve Natural Results

Rhinoplasty is one of the most impactful facial procedures for many patients. Changing the appearance of one’s nose is a skill that takes years to perfect. Quadruple Ivy-League trained facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Catherine Chang has devoted her entire career to studying facial anatomy and understands that rhinoplasty requires a deep understanding of facial balance and ideal proportions to achieve the desired outcomes for her patients desire while also maintaining her signature natural look. Patients want smooth contours and refined features that flow with the rest of the face.

As a craniofacial specialist, Dr. Catherine S. Chang will achieve the most elegant, natural results possible that complement your facial anatomy and unique features. Chang is best known for her meticulous attention to detail and for placing incisions in areas where they are virtually undetectable.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

When performed by rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Chang, her patients often experience a shorter recovery time. Most of Dr. Chang’s patients recover and can return to work in as little as 1 to 2 weeks.

After the procedure, patients may experience some swelling, redness, and bruising to varying degrees. You may also have slight tenderness and bruising on your cheeks and below your eyes. 

Your new nose will be splinted on the outside to provide protection and support and usually no internal packing is used. The dressing is usually worn for a week, and then removed, along with any remaining stitches.

After a week, you will notice great improvements in the shape and size of your nose. As swelling decreases and tissues begin to heal, you’ll see gradual changes to your nose. However, it can take months to one year before swelling completely subsides and this can vary from person to person.

Am I A Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty may be performed for both cosmetic reasons and functional reasons. Some patients undergo the procedure to improve the size and appearance of their nose to achieve a smoother nasal and bridge profile. Others may undergo the procedure for functional reasons, such as fixing a deviated septum or a broken nose to resolve breathing problems.

Whatever your reason is to enhance your nose or improve breathing, there are certain factors that are considered in determining if a patient is a good candidate. These include:

  • Age
  • Facial Anatomy
  • Overall health
  • Result expectations
  • History of prior rhinoplasty
  • History of prior nasal trauma 

If you’re in good health and have reasonable expectations for how you want your nose to look, you may be a great candidate for rhinoplasty.

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“Results So Natural, It Will Be Your Best Kept Secret™”

Undergoing rhinoplasty is life-changing for many of Dr. Catherine Chang’s patients.

Dr. Catherine Chang is dedicated to helping her patients choose the right procedure and treatment plan that will make them look their very best.

To schedule a consultation at our Beverly Hills, CA office, contact us at (310) 424-5330 to book your consultation today.

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