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Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of the nose or to correct functional issues with breathing. At Southwest Michigan Plastic and Hand Surgery, we offer this surgical treatment to patients in and around Portage, MI.

Dr. Raghu Elluru is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing this delicate procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Elluru will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

How Long Does a Rhinoplasty Last?

The procedure is performed by an experienced surgeon who will make incisions in order to access the bone and cartilage. They will then sculpt the nose to the desired shape and size before closing the incisions. Surgery can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete depending on the extent of the surgery. However, the results of a nose job are usually permanent, and many patients are happy with their new noses.

If you are considering getting this surgical procedure, be sure to consult with our board-certified surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations for the treatment. We will be happy to help you improve the appearance of your nose.


Here at Southwest Michigan Plastic and Hand Surgery, we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. That’s why we offer free consultations for anyone considering this procedure. Here are a few things you can expect during your consultation:

A Discussion About Your Goals

A nose job is a very personal procedure, and everyone has their own reasons for wanting it. Maybe you want to change the way your nose looks, or perhaps you’re having difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum. Whatever your reasons may be, we want to know what you hope to achieve through surgery.

An Assessment of Your Nose

A big part of determining whether or not this treatment is right for you is examining your nose to see what kind of work needs to be done. This examination will also give us a better idea of what goals are achievable.

For example, if you’re hoping to completely change the shape of your nose, that may not be possible depending on the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage. However, if you’re simply looking to reduce the size of your nose, that is definitely something we can do.

A Walk-Through of the Procedure

You can expect to receive a detailed explanation of the surgical procedure during your consultation. This will include information on the incisions that will be made, the steps of the surgery, and what you can expect in terms of recovery and results. The surgeon will also go over the risks and potential complications of the surgery.


There are several reasons why it is essential to have a clear understanding of what the surgery will entail. First, it will help you make an informed decision about your treatment. Secondly, it is essential to understand the potential risks and complications associated with the surgery. Thirdly, we want to ensure that you are comfortable with the anesthesia and pain management plan.

Fourth, it is crucial to set realistic expectations for the results of the surgery so that you don’t get any disappointments later on. Finally, we want to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about the procedure. By taking the time to discuss the details of the surgery, we can help ensure that you have a positive experience as you look forward to achieving your desired results.

Computer Imaging

This technology can be immensely helpful in achieving the results you desire from your surgery. We will start by taking measurements of your nose from different angles. These measurements will be used to create a 3D model of your nose. You and your surgeon will then be able to visualize how your nose will look after surgery and make any necessary adjustments to the planned procedure.

Computer imaging also allows you to see how different surgical techniques could affect the final results. For example, if you are considering a reduction procedure, the surgeon can show you how different approaches to the surgery could change the shape of your nose. This can help you make an informed decision about which technique is right for you.


Overall, computer imaging is a valuable tool that can help ensure you are happy with your results after surgery. Your surgeon will be able to use it to give you a realistic preview of what to expect and make sure that your expectations are realistic. If you have any specific concerns or requests, computer imaging can be used to address them and ensure that they are taken into account during your surgery.

A Review of Your Medical History

Not everyone is a good candidate for this type of surgery. There are certain medical conditions that can make rhinoplasty a risky proposition. That’s why you should review your medical history with your surgeon before making any decisions. Here are six medical conditions that could make you ineligible for surgery:

1. Autoimmune Diseases

If you have an autoimmune disease such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, you may not be a good candidate for a nose job. That’s because people with autoimmune diseases are more susceptible to infection and inflammation.

2. Bleeding Disorders

If you have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, you may not benefit from this treatment. That’s because people with bleeding disorders tend to bleed more during and after surgery. This can lead to serious complications and even death. If you have a bleeding disorder, be sure to tell your doctor before scheduling surgery.

3. Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease describes any condition which affects the heart or blood vessels, and can include conditions such as coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure. People with cardiovascular disease may not be able to safely undergo treatment because of the risk of complications during surgery.

There is a risk of abnormal bleeding during surgery as well as a risk of infection. In addition, people with cardiovascular disease may be more likely to experience negative side effects from the anesthesia used during surgery.

4. Diabetes

Uncontrolled diabetes can cause damage to blood vessels, which could lead to bleeding during surgery or slow healing after surgery. In addition, people with diabetes often have impaired immune function, which means they may be more susceptible to developing an infection after surgery.

5. High Blood Pressure

People with high blood pressure are at greater risk for complications such as bleeding and infection, and they may also have a higher risk of anesthesia complications. As a result, people with high blood pressure often need to undergo a more extensive preoperative evaluation before they can be cleared for surgery. In some cases, the risks may be too great and the person may not be able to have the procedure at all.

6. Lung Disease

There are several factors that need to be considered before someone with lung disease can undergo surgery. First and foremost, the severity of the lung disease needs to be taken into account. If the patient’s lung function is severely impaired, it may not be possible for them to tolerate the anesthesia and surgery required.

Additionally, patients with active lung infections or those who are currently experiencing difficulty breathing may also not be candidates for surgery usually due to immunosuppression and a decreased ability to take deep breaths. Ultimately, the decision about whether or not to proceed with surgery in patients with lung disease is a complex one that needs to be made on a case-by-case basis by an experienced surgeon.

Is a Rhinoplasty Covered by Insurance?

The answer to this question depends on the purpose of the surgery. If you’re looking to repair a broken nose, then insurance will most likely cover the procedure. However, if you’re looking to have surgery to change the shape of your nose for cosmetic reasons, insurance will not cover the procedure. We offer a variety of payment options and loyalty programs to make cosmetic surgery more affordable.

Transform Your Appearance and Feel More Confident

If you are concerned about the shape, size, or symmetry of your nose, a rhinoplasty can help you to achieve a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance. In addition to improving your appearance, this procedure can also boost your confidence and self-esteem. The results of the surgery are typically permanent. Contact Southwest Michigan Plastic and Hand Surgery in Portage, MI, today to learn more about what we can do for you!


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