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Rhinoplasty Before and after Treatment

Rhinoplasty or Nasal Surgery

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As one of the premier facial plastic surgeons in the Southeast, Dr. Ben Light has helped many patients enhance their appearance and self-confidence with nasal contouring surgery or rhinoplasty. Dr. Light has devoted his career to the art and science of facial plastic surgery and he is board-certified by the American Board of Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. His skill, training, and experience enable him to help rhinoplasty patients breathe more easily and enjoy more attractive nasal contours. Dr. Light performs both rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty at his Decatur, Alabama practice.

If you would like to discuss your options for rhinoplasty in Huntsville, AL, feel free to reach out to us by phone at 1-256-351-2000 or online via our online form. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about this procedure


Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes between one to three hours to complete. Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to return home on the same day you have surgery. (Be sure to arrange to have someone drive you home from the hospital.)

To begin the procedure, Dr. Light will make an incision either on the inside of the nose (closed rhinoplasty) or on the skin between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty). The location of this incision is determined based upon how much access is needed to the underlying nasal bones and tissues. When performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Light, the incision that is made during open rhinoplasty leaves a tiny, virtually invisible scar. The incision that is made inside the nostrils during closed rhinoplasty cannot be detected at all.

Closed rhinoplasty is generally recommended for primary rhinoplasty patients who wish to subtly alter their nasal shape, e.g., by reducing the projection of their nasal bridge or tip slightly. Open rhinoplasty is usually the best choice for revision (secondary) rhinoplasty patients and for primary rhinoplasty patients seeking complex functional or aesthetic changes. Correcting a deviated septum or narrowing the nostrils, for instance, requires small exterior incisions.


Dr. Light will discuss the differences between open and closed rhinoplasty with you during your consultation. He’ll help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of both techniques before selecting the procedure that is most appropriate for your individual needs and goals. If you have specific concerns about scarring, Dr. Light will talk to you about possible methods of scar revision. Laser skin resurfacing and injectable dermal fillers can both be used to minimize the visibility of scar tissue.

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There are a number of techniques that can be used to perform a rhinoplasty procedure. No two patients are the same, and we evaluate each person to determine the best technique for the result they want.


With his extensive experience and detailed understanding of facial anatomy, Dr. Light is able to change the size and shape of patients’ nasal contours to enhance their confidence and improve their breathing.

Our rhinoplasty patients enjoy the benefits of attractive nasal contours that are in harmony with their other facial features. Bringing the nose into better balance with the rest of the face makes the eyes, lips, and cheekbones more visible. Our patients say they feel more confident after having this procedure; they also enjoy having a more photogenic face.

Medically, rhinoplasty can be used to treat snoring and other breathing problems related to poor nasal airflow. This may be achieved by aligning the septum (the thin wall of tissue that separates the nasal passages) or by removing obstructions, such as nasal polyps. Dr. Light can personalize your rhinoplasty procedure to simultaneously achieve functional and cosmetic objectives, so don’t hesitate to discuss both your medical and aesthetic needs during your consultation.


Dr. Light and his staff will give you detailed instructions to follow during the recovery period so that you heal as quickly and comfortably as possible. It is important to get plenty of rest in the days after surgery and to refrain from any strenuous activities. Don’t eat hard or crunchy foods for at least one week after having surgery; stick to softer foods like bananas, pudding, and oatmeal. We also advise our patients to sleep face-up while keeping their head adequately supported with pillows.

Some side effects, including bruising and swelling, may occur in the first couple of days after surgery, but these symptoms can be mitigated with cold compresses and prescription pain medicines. Most patients are able to return to work or resume their normal schedules within one week of surgery, but sports and other activities that could cause injuries to the nose should be avoided for up to two months.

Dr. Light will see you regularly after your rhinoplasty procedure to monitor how you’re healing. You’ll also be able to contact him by phone to discuss any questions or concerns you have during recovery.


Dr. Light is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as a facial plastic surgeon – one of the highest distinctions that a facial plastic surgeon can achieve. He is the only fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon with this certification between Nashville and Birmingham. He focuses exclusively on rhinoplasty and other facial plastic surgery procedures and is dedicated to helping his patients look and feel their best.

How Old Do You Have To Be To Have A Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Light regularly performs rhinoplasty surgery on women older than 15 and men older than 16, once the nose has reached its adult size. Other considerations influencing whether a teenager is a good candidate for nose surgery include emotional maturity and contact sports participation. Also, you are never too old to have a nose job. Long, drooping noses are a telltale sign of aging, and Dr. Light can reposition your nose tip for a more youthful appearance.

Where Can I View Nose Job Before-and-After photos?

We invite you to view our rhinoplasty patient gallery here.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost In Alabama?

Various factors play a role in the total price tag for nose surgery, including surgeon’s and anesthesia fees, prescription medications, and the procedure’s complexity. Dr. Light can quote you an accurate price after meeting with you in a consultation and devising a customized surgical plan.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Rhinoplasty?

The nasal splint from surgery comes off after one week. Any bruising should be gone after a week to 10 days. Swelling is typically down 80% in two to three weeks and 90% in three months. Many nose surgery patients return to work after their splint comes off. However, it is crucial to avoid lifting, bending, or straining for two weeks after surgery.

Will Dr. Light Pack My Nose After Rhinoplasty?

We do not pack the nose after rhinoplasty, so patients are more comfortable during recovery. Instead, Dr. Light sutures the internal nasal tissue back in place. Eliminating nasal packing significantly reduces pain, bleeding, swelling, and discoloration.

Do You Break The Nose During Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Light makes a precise incision into the nasal bones for repositioning, eliminating the antiquated process of breaking the nose and resetting it.  

Will My Nose Fit My Face After Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Light strives to make everyone’s nose add balance to their face. For example, some noses are too long, some have humps, some project far from the face, etc.

As the best rhinoplasty surgeon in the greater Huntsville area, Dr. Light will use his experience to determine necessary alterations based on several factors, including height, skin thickness, ethnic background, and configuration of other facial features like the forehead, eyes, and chin. In addition, Dr. Light will create a natural-looking, pleasing nose appearance that adds balance and aesthetics to your facial contours.


Rhinoplasty can change the way you see your face by bringing your best features into focus. This procedure can also give you the attractive profile you’ve always wanted, with only minimal recovery time. Modern rhinoplasty methods are both gentle and precise when utilized by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Ben Light.

Call today to learn more about Dr. Light’s approach to rhinoplasty and view examples of his past work, contact us to arrange a one-on-one consultation at our practice in Decatur. You can call us at 1-256-351-2000 or request a consultation through our online portal. Dr. Light and our team look forward to helping you explore the benefits of this safe, versatile procedure.

Rhinoplasty before and after treatment