What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a nose job, is one of Dr. Moran’s signature procedures. When performing rhinoplasty in Nashville, she is able to sculpt a beautiful nose that looks natural; enhance overall facial harmony, and correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities.

  • Average Cost: Starts at $8k (not including facility and/or anesthesia)
  • Typical Recovery Period: 10-14 days
  • Discomfort Level: Mild to Moderate
  • Anesthesia Options: General or Local (in office for minor procedures) 

What Can a Nose Job Do For You?

While the shape of your nose is usually the result of heredity, the appearance may have changed due to an injury or prior surgery. Depending on your unique needs, nose surgery can:

  • Sculpt a smaller nose that’s more proportionate to your other facial structures
  • Reduce the width of the nasal bridge
  • Correct visible humps and depressions along the bridge
  • Improve a large, bulbous, drooping, or upturned nasal tip
  • Address nostrils that are large, wide, or upturned
  • Improve nasal asymmetry and deviation
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Dr. Mary Lynn Moran, M.D.

Dr. Moran is the only female Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Tennessee, and the first female president of AAFPRS. As one of the nation’s leading rhinoplasty surgeons, she has an intimate understanding of the complex nasal structure and understands how to adjust the bones and cartilage to compose an ideal nose that fits your face and looks organic. 

A sought-after educator and public speaker, Dr. Moran has over 28 years of experience leading her private, concierge practice. She trained at Tufts, the University of Michigan, and Boston University, and is an assistant clinical professor in the department of otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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What to Expect During Surgery

After anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Moran will make incisions inside your nose or across the columella – which is the strip of tissue separating the nostrils. Through those openings, she can reshape the structure of the nose. This is accomplished by removing bone and cartilage and grafting cartilage from the septum. In all instances, Dr. Moran makes conservative changes to ensure a natural outcome. She may also change the size of your nostrils by placing incisions in their natural creases. If you reported breathing challenges before nose surgery, Dr. Moran will straighten your deviated septum and ensure that the internal structures of your nose are positioned for healthy breathing. From there, she will redrape the nasal skin and close the incisions.

What is Open & Closed Rhinoplasty?

Both open and closed are techniques used in rhinoplasty, each catering to specific needs. In an open rhinoplasty, an external incision is made on the columella, the strip of tissue between the nostrils, allowing the surgeon broad access to nasal structures. This approach is ideal for intricate modifications. Conversely, closed rhinoplasty incisions are made within the nostrils, concealing any scars. While this method offers quicker recovery, it might not be suitable for complex alterations. The choice between open and closed depends on the patient's goals, the surgeon's expertise, and the extent of required changes.

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Benefits of Nose Surgery

Nose surgery offers a range of aesthetic and functional benefits tailored to individual needs:

  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Rhinoplasty can modify the size, shape, and angles of the nose, bringing it into better harmony with the rest of the face.
  • Improved Breathing: For those with structural issues, such as a deviated septum, rhinoplasty can open up nasal passages, facilitating easier breathing.
  • Boosted Confidence: By addressing self-perceived imperfections, rhinoplasty often leads to increased self-esteem and confidence in one's appearance.
  • Correction of Birth Defects: Congenital issues like nasal asymmetry or masses can be addressed, restoring both form and function.
  • Revision of Previous Procedures: Rhinoplasty can correct unsatisfactory results from prior nasal surgeries, refining or restoring the nose's appearance.
  • Facial Balance: By adjusting the proportions of the nose, rhinoplasty can create a more balanced and symmetrical facial appearance.
  • Reduced Snoring: In some cases, a rhinoplasty can alleviate issues like chronic snoring, leading to better sleep for patients and their partners.
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Are You a Rhinoplasty Candidate?

Dr. Moran will discuss your candidacy during your private consultation at our Franklin, TN office. After asking about your medical history and aesthetic goals, she will analyze the contours of your nose with respect to your facial structure to determine if nose surgery can meet your needs. In general, the ideal candidates for rhinoplasty in Nashville:

  • Are over 16-years-old 
  • Are non-smokers and in good physical health
  • Have realistic expectations for what a nose job can accomplish
  • Possess specific goals for improving their appearance

Rhinoplasty FAQ

Where is rhinoplasty performed?

What kind of anesthesia is used?

Will insurance cover rhinoplasty?

Can Rhinoplasty be combined with other procedures?

Where is rhinoplasty performed?

Nose surgery in Franklin, TN is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can return home soon after the surgery is over. It will take place at a fully accredited surgery center.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

It depends on the extent of your nose job. Prior to surgery, Dr. Moran will either administer local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.

Will insurance cover rhinoplasty?

Insurance may cover rhinoplasty if it's deemed medically necessary due to breathing issues or congenital defects. However, purely cosmetic procedures are typically not covered by insurance.

Can Rhinoplasty be combined with other procedures?

Yes, rhinoplasty can often be combined with other facial procedures, such as chin augmentation, facelift, mini-facelift, eyelid surgery, or brow lift, to achieve comprehensive facial harmony and balance. Combining surgeries may also be efficient for recovery and achieving desired aesthetic results.

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Liquid Rhinoplasty Procedure Explained

Using dermal fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane, liquid rhinoplasty can temporarily address a wide range of aesthetic imperfections – including a dorsal hump, a drooping nasal tip, and overall asymmetry.

During this procedure, Dr. Moran will inject precise amounts of filler into the nose to recontour the area. It’s a safe and effective – albeit temporary – alternative to rhinoplasty.

The treatment takes around 15 minutes and the results are immediate. There is very minimal recovery time, and you can return to work the same day. There’s no anesthesia, and the results are reversible if you don’t like the outcome. However, if you like the results, they can last up to two years, depending on the filler used. At that point, you’ll need to return to our Nashville office to repeat the procedure and preserve your results.

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Dr. Mary Lynn Moran - Rhinoplasty Recovery

Recovery from rhinoplasty is a crucial phase ensuring optimal results. Post-surgery, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, mostly subsiding within two weeks. A nasal splint is typically worn for about a week to protect and support the reshaped structures. Breathing through the nose might be challenging initially due to internal swelling. It's essential to avoid strenuous activities and keep the head elevated to minimize swelling. Most visible signs of surgery dissipate within a month, but subtle changes and full healing can take up to a year. Following Dr. Moran's post-operative care instructions is vital for a successful outcome.

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Dr. Mary Lynn Moran is a Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who is dedicated to providing patients in the Franklin, TN area with exceptional patient care. If you’re interested in learning more about nose surgery in Nashville, contact our office to schedule your consultation today.

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