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What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty in Chicago can reshape the nose to bring it into beautiful balance to highlight your other features. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is one of the most complex cosmetic surgeries, demanding detailed attention, dedication, and an eye for refinement. For excellent results, your facial plastic surgeon should be a master of the most advanced techniques.

  • Price range: $10,000- $11,500
  • Recovery time: 3-5 days
  • Discomfort level: Mild to moderate
  • Anesthesia options: General
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Am I a Candidate?

Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty in Chicago would like to reshape and improve the size or look of their noses. The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for rhinoplasty is through a consultation with Dr. Sulyman-Scott. She will examine your nose, study your medical history, and discuss your goals for your appearance. 

Candidates for rhinoplasty surgery meet the following requirements:

  • Have nasal skin that is not too thick or thin.
  • Have a strong, visible underlying cartilage framework. 
  • Are in good general health.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Dislike the appearance of your nose (size, shape, and/or structure). 
  • Snore excessively or have breathing problems.
  • Have realistic expectations about what a rhinoplasty procedure can you for you.

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Why Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Sulyman-Scott has a motto: “Everyone deserves to feel beautiful.” Sadly, some people feel a lack of confidence due to the appearance of their noses and, as a result, find it difficult to present their best selves in different aspects of their lives.

Contemplating surgery can be frightening due to uncertainties regarding the surgery itself or worries about the result. The need for an extraordinarily talented facial plastic surgeon cannot be overstated – revision rhinoplasty surgeries are far too common and sometimes can be avoided. It is wise to choose a highly educated surgeon who has access to the latest techniques, as you will find in Dr. Sulyman-Scott.

Rhinoplasty in Chicago can help you resolve any of the following nose concerns:

  • Nose too large
  • Nose too wide
  • Wide nose bridge
  • Hanging nose tip
  • Bulbous nose tip
  • Uneven nose
  • Crooked nose 
  • Broken nose
  • Overly large, long, or wide nostrils
  • Pinched nose tip
  • Hump on bridge
  • Oddly shaped nose or nose tip
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Your Journey, Step by Step

Once it is established that you are healthy and safe to undergo surgery, your date for the procedure will be set. On the actual day of your surgery, you will arrive at the surgery center where you will be prepped for surgery. Once you are in the operating room, general anesthesia will be administered by a certified anesthesiologist, who will be monitoring you throughout the procedure. Every nose reshaping surgery is different, and there is no “cookie-cutter” approach to this procedure. Dr. Sulyman-Scott is one of the very few plastic surgeons in the country that is trained in both closed and open rhinoplasty techniques.

  • Closed Rhinoplasty: This approach is feasible for a large number of rhinoplasty patients. The incisions are placed within the nostrils with no external scars.
  • Open Rhinoplasty: This approach involves placing an incision at the base of the columella – the strip of tissue between your nostrils. This allows for total access to the nose structure, which is necessary for most complex nose reshaping surgeries.

Based on the changes you need, tissue, cartilage, or bone will be altered to bring your nose into balance with your other features. When performed by Dr. Sulyman-Scott, this procedure is executed with meticulous attention to detail, employing the latest surgical techniques to bring about a beautiful, natural-looking result.

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What to Expect

The first step in planning your nose surgery in Chicago is a conversation with Dr. Sulyman-Scott. While her clinic is elegant, sophisticated, and private, as a person she has a rare quality – the ability to listen and understand. Feel free to bring pictures of noses you like, and to speak freely about why you want to change your nose, and what aspect of it bothers you. You have a voice when you work with her – nothing is more important than your personal vision of beauty. Your consultation is the starting point for a future in which you glow with confidence, knowing you look your best.

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Cosmetic vs Functional Rhinoplasty

In many cases, a rhinoplasty procedure addresses aesthetic concerns, adjusting the shape, size, and symmetry of the nasal features. When the main purpose of rhinoplasty is to achieve a more attractive nose, this is called cosmetic rhinoplasty. Functional rhinoplasty, on the other hand,  addresses problems with external or internal structures of the nose that impair easy breathing and cause excessive snoring and other concerns. 

If you have a deviated septum and also want to reshape the appearance of your nose, the functional concern can be corrected as a part of your cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure. While this is not the purpose of cosmetic rhinoplasty, this functional aspect of your procedure may be included to meet your needs.

After Surgery Care

Dr. Sulyman-Scott and her team will provide you with detailed information regarding your post-surgery care and recovery. You will be provided with medications to ensure that you have a safe and comfortable recovery. Dr. Sulyman-Scott is dedicated to closely monitoring the healing process of her patients after surgery and she will arrange to see you multiple times after your procedure. At That Face, we are invested in ensuring that our patients receive the best care possible and that their road to becoming confidently beautiful is paved with positive experiences.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Dr. Sulyman-Scott attended medical school in Chicago and is one of the few female African American facial plastic surgeons practicing in the USA. She brings a woman’s eye for balance and beauty to every nose procedure. The goal of your surgery will be to create a beautiful balance and harmony among your features, drawing attention to your natural good looks. Dr. Sulyman-Scott has mastered the art of facial plastic surgery, and when it comes to ethnic rhinoplasty, she is a dedicated artist.

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Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips

To make your recovery as smooth as possible, we will provide detailed aftercare instructions. Some tips to improve recovery are as follows: 

  • For the first 8-12 hours after your surgery, use an ice pack wrapped in a cloth over your eyes to help reduce bruising and swelling. Apply it on the eyes for 15 minutes, then off for 15 minutes. 
  • Sleep with your head elevated using pillows or a recliner for the first three days.
  • Keep your nose protected while it heals by avoiding any activity that could possibly expose it to harm. 
  • For at least two weeks, do not wear glasses with heavy frames.
  • Do not exercise for at least a week while you are still in the initial healing process.
  • Drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest as you heal. Take care of yourself and give yourself the time you need to rest and recuperate.

Cost of Rhinoplasty in Chicago

The cost of rhinoplasty varies based on a number of factors. Rhinoplasty is individually tailored to suit your unique needs and goals. Some of the factors that determine the price include which rhinoplasty technique is required and how complex the procedure is, how many parts of the nose are being addressed, and whether or not your rhinoplasty is combined with another procedure. Once your personalized treatment plan is determined, Dr. Sulyman-Scott will be able to give you an exact price. Generally, the cost of rhinoplasty ranges between $2,000 to $15,000.


Will I have any visible scars after rhinoplasty?

When can I return to work after my nose surgery?

Will rhinoplasty fix my deviated septum?

What is the cost of rhinoplasty?

Can I exercise after a rhinoplasty?

When will the swelling fade after rhinoplasty?

Will I have any visible scars after rhinoplasty?

If you have open rhinoplasty, there will be a very small, thin scar in the columella, the skin between the nostrils. This scar is hidden in the natural folds of the skin, making it extremely difficult to notice.

When can I return to work after my nose surgery?

Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most people are able to return to sedentary work after one to two weeks.

Will rhinoplasty fix my deviated septum?

Rhinoplasty can be performed solely to address a deviated septum, or resolving the deviated septum can be incorporated into your cosmetic rhinoplasty.

What is the cost of rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty costs vary depending on the complexity of your procedure and the type of rhinoplasty surgery that is required to address your cosmetic concerns about your nose. During your consultation, an individualized surgical plan will be developed for you, which will include your exact cost.

Can I exercise after a rhinoplasty?

Light walking is encouraged to improve circulation and prevent blood clots, but any other exercise or strenuous activity should be on hold until you’ve healed. Most patients are able to return to regular exercise after about two weeks.

When will the swelling fade after rhinoplasty?

A significant amount of swelling will fade in the first month. After about three months, approximately 90% of the swelling will have subsided. More minimal swelling will continue during the following months and may fluctuate for the following year.

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If you feel less confident due to some issue with your nose, you deserve to have your confidence in your look renewed. Imagine your face looking balanced, with your nose no longer drawing unwanted attention but rather enhancing your other features perfectly. Achieving that result demands the skills of an excellently trained, talented surgeon with a keen eye for detail.


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