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Rhinoplasty Newport Beach & Orange County

Balance and harmonize the overall profile of the face through surgical sculpture of the nose.

Your nose is the central feature of your face — it defines your profile and shapes your midface, bringing harmony and balance to the upper and lower face. However, if your nose is too small, too large, or has an unnatural curve to it, it can dramatically affect your appearance, drawing attention away from other beautiful and flattering features. If you wish to improve the shape or function of your nose, you may be a good candidate for nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, with facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Kevin Sadati in Newport Beach, CA.


Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job,” is one of the most complex surgeries of the face. The purpose of this procedure is to reshape and restructure the nose to balance its proportions and create symmetry and visual harmony with other facial features.

For many patients, the primary purpose of a rhinoplasty is to enhance the cosmetic appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty can also be performed for functional purposes, such as to correct a nasal obstruction, or to correct deficiencies from a prior nose surgery. One of the most common causes of nasal obstruction is a deviated septum which can block the airway in one or both nostrils.


A rhinoplasty procedure is one of the most technically complex surgeries of the face. For this reason, it is important to select a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and uses the most advanced surgical techniques.

As a facial plastic surgeon with a background in head and neck surgery, Dr. Sadati is one of very few surgeons who specialize in cosmetic and complex reconstructive surgery of the nose.

Nasal surgery cannot be performed with a one-size-fits-all approach. Every patient is unique with regards to their facial proportions, ethnic features, and what would bring aesthetic balance to their face. Dr. Sadati performs rhinoplasty with the objective to create a beautiful, natural-appearing nose that harmonizes with your unique facial features.


Dr. Sadati uses the “open” rhinoplasty technique which involves placing a small incision under the nose to lift the skin and soft tissues so that the underlying structural anatomy is fully exposed. This allows Dr. Sadati to meticulously craft the cartilage and bone to the desired shape. This is different than a closed rhinoplasty, which does not provide as much access to the tissues of the nose and septum as an open surgical procedure does.

Cartilage grafts, typically taken from the septum, can be used to optimize the projection and angle of the nasal tip, stabilize the nose and improve the airway. The incision at the base of the nose is designed and positioned in a manner that the scar is almost imperceptible after the healing process is complete.



A cosmetic rhinoplasty can be performed for a variety of purposes. This includes reducing a hump or overall size of the nose, narrowing the width of the nose, refining and/or lifting the nasal tip, fixing a crooked nose, or creating a more symmetrical shape.


A functional rhinoplasty is performed to address breathing problems. One of the most common causes of nasal obstruction is a deviated septum which can block the airway on one or both sides of the nose.  By improving the structure of the nose, a functional rhinoplasty can improve breathing ability and thereby improve your sleep, energy level, and overall quality of life.


An ethnic rhinoplasty is performed to enhance the beauty of the nose while maintaining an aesthetic that is consistent with an individual’s ethnic and genetic background. This must be performed by a rhinoplasty expert who understands cultural aesthetic ideals and is proficient in advanced nasal reconstruction techniques to achieve the desired shape.

Examples of ethnic rhinoplasty include Asian rhinoplasty, which commonly involves adding structure and definition to a flat nasal bridge, or Middle Eastern rhinoplasty which maintains classic features to highlight the Middle Eastern face while avoiding an overly small or unnaturally scooped nasal profile.


We recognize the fact that because rhinoplasty is such a popular procedure, there are people of all ages interested in this surgery. Teenagers are no exception. Teenage rhinoplasty can often help a young patient increase their self-confidence and highlight their inner beauty during the formative years of their life.

Whether you are a teen considering rhinoplasty, or you are a parent interested in more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sadati today to discuss your options and determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.


If you have previously had nasal surgery and are unhappy with the results or are left with new cosmetic or functional issues, this can be highly distressing. Revision rhinoplasty is a highly complex surgery that requires a surgeon to utilize a broad range of surgical techniques to counter challenging problems with the nose, including a collapsed nose, asymmetric nose or nostrils, or breathing issues. Dr. Sadati specializes in revision rhinoplasty, which oftentimes requires cartilage grafts from the ear or ribs to execute complex nasal reconstruction. 


non-surgical rhinoplasty is performed using injectable dermal fillers to correct minor deformities, defects, or asymmetries of the nose.  The advantages of non-surgical rhinoplasty include a short recovery process, lack of any external incision, and reversibility (i.e. use of dissolvable filler). Non-surgical rhinoplasty should always be performed by a specialist with a detailed understanding of nasal anatomy and injection planes to minimize risks of injecting the nose.


During your initial consultation with Dr. Sadati, you will discuss your concerns regarding your nose and your overall goals for the procedure. This is one of the most important steps of your consultation process, as it establishes an understanding and trust between patient and surgeon. Dr. Sadati will carefully examine the skin, external structure, and the inside of your nose to evaluate its aesthetic form and to identify any structural problems that may be affecting your breathing. This will help Dr. Sadati determine the best surgical techniques for your nose that will yield a beautiful, harmonious result that is both flattering and functional.

Once your consultation is complete, our experienced nursing team and patient coordinators at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery will guide you through every step of the scheduling and pre-operative process.

The recovery process after rhinoplasty can vary from patient to patient. Factors that affect the timing of recovery include primary versus revision rhinoplasty, the complexity of the surgery, skin thickness and type (e.g., small vs. large pores), and adherence to post-operative instructions.

The Day of Surgery

Because you will be undergoing general anesthesia, a family member or friend will need to drive you home and help take care of you for the first day and overnight. For out-of-town patients, we can assist in arranging your overnight stay at a luxury post-operative recovery facility in Orange County, or arrange for overnight nursing care at a local hotel.

1 week

You will wear an external nasal splint for 1 week. During the first week, symptoms such as fatigue (1-3 days), congestion, and variable amounts of bruising and swelling can be expected. Swelling peaks on the second or third day after surgery and then starts reducing. The majority of visible swelling subsides in the first 7-10 days. Bruising, if present, typically clears within 7-10 days after surgery. For the first week after surgery, you should sleep on your back only and with your head slightly elevated (e.g., stack 2 pillows).

Your splint and sutures will be removed at the clinic at your 1-week appointment. After this point, you can gently wash your nose. For the first 2 weeks after surgery, you should avoid exercise and strenuous physical activity to minimize the risk of bleeding. Most patients feel comfortable returning to work after 1 week.

2-3 weeks

After 2 to 3 weeks, a significant amount of swelling will have subsided. At this point, most patients feel comfortable being in public or around their family and friends, without feeling self-conscious about swelling or bruising. By this point, your nasal congestion should also resolve.

2-3 months

By 2-3 months, the majority of swelling will have cleared and your nose will appear more defined, refined, and natural. In patients with greater than average swelling, a steroid injection to the nose can be performed in the clinic to help reduce swelling. At this point, you may resume more strenuous physical activity including contact sports, swimming, and running.

1 year

For the majority of patients, the healing process after a primary rhinoplasty is complete around the 1-year mark. This includes resolution of swelling and fading of your surgical incision. For some patients, this process can take up to 1.5 to 2 years depending on their skin type, healing rate, and complexity of surgery (e.g. revision rhinoplasty). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do nose jobs last forever?

Yes! Typically, nose jobs last forever. It will not stop the normal signs of aging or how gravity affects the nose, but overall, after the surgery, your nose grows the hump or droopy tip.

How long are you swollen after rhinoplasty?

Most of the swelling from a rhinoplasty will go down after two to four weeks, but the ultimate swelling takes up to one year.

How long does a nose job take to perform?

Generally, rhinoplasty takes about 2-3 hours to perform.

How long is recovery from rhinoplasty?

Many of Dr. Sadati's rhinoplasty patients return to work 7u201310 days after their procedure. You may still have some bruising and swelling, but you can return to most normal, non-strenuous activities within two weeks.

How should I sleep after nose surgery?

After rhinoplasty, you should sleep with your head elevated and on your back. The position reduces swelling and helps with any congestion you may be feeling after surgery. Sleeping on your side can cause one nostril to close and it can become plugged.

Will the tip of my nose get smaller after rhinoplasty?

Dr. Sadati has more than a decade's experience in performing tip rhinoplasty to fix round, drooping, or bulbous tips. He can refine your nose's lower lateral cartilage to correct the shape of the tip as desired.

What is revision rhinoplasty?

At the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, a large portion of our practice revolves around correcting and refining patient's noses that have had Rhinoplasty surgery with another surgeon and were not happy with their nose job results. Revisional corrections in nasal surgery are the most difficult cases, but they often will result in the happiest patients.nnThere is no revision Rhinoplasty, or second nose job, problem that Dr. Kevin Sadati considers too challenging to repair. A basic nose surgery may be to simply reduce a hump on the bridge of a patient's nose, and this type of surgery may only take an hour. A nose that requires more correction, such as the septum, narrowing the base, or changing the tip of the nose might take up to three hours and will be performed comfortably under general anesthesia.

Who is a revision rhinoplasty candidate?

Our goal at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, located in Orange County, is to provide an improvement in our patient's self-esteem. An ideal revision nose job candidate is both psychologically and medically healthy and ready to take the necessary steps to get the perfect nose that they have always wanted. Furthermore, successful candidates are motivated to get through nasal surgery to fix their nose because of the random insensitive comments from friends, relatives, or associates.nnIt should be noted that candidates for Revision Rhinoplasty have realistic expectations and have a clear understanding of the risks and possible letdown of a less than perfect outcome. As with any surgery, there are no guarantees written or implied that they will get a perfect celebrity nose. Each patient is different and may experience dissimilar results.

What is it like to heal after nose surgery?

Your cooperation is essential. It is imperative that all written and verbal instructions are followed. We set guidelines for our patients in order for them to have a quick nose job recovery, and to prevent the occurrence of any complications during the healing process. The after-surgery instruction we provide are specific to each patient and will give you the best opportunity for healing, so you can go out and enjoy your new nose, sooner rather than later!

What is the first few days like after a nose job?

Sometimes patients experience a brief “let down” or period of depression after cosmetic surgery. This is mostly due to a set of unrealistic after surgery expectations. Some patients expect instant nose job results and it can be emotionally draining, but know that this too shall pass. Patients commonly question their decision to have RevisionRhinoplasty surgery during the first few days of recovery.nnSecond-guessing your initial decision is normal and as the healing occurs, these thoughts usually disappear quickly. If you feel depressed, just try to remember that this is a healing process, and there are stages for each phase. Be assured that you have entrusted your looks and your esteem to a highly skilled doctor with many years nose and sinus surgery experience. After your incisions heal and the swelling subsides, you will look and feel nothing less than wonderful!

How dangerous is a nose job?

When performed by a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon, rhinoplasty is a safe and effective procedure. Dr. Sadati has more than 600 5-star reviews and councils patients on what to expect, so you will be fully informed about your nose job.

Does a rhinoplasty hurt?

Dr. Sadati uses general anesthesia, so your procedure will be pain-free. Every patient has a different pain tolerance, but most patients only need ibuprofen to reduce discomfort after surgery. While recovering, you may have a headache or feel like you're stuffed up, but this goes away as the swelling goes down.

How do I know if I am a candidate for rhinoplasty?

If you have cosmetic or functional concerns about your nose and wish to discuss treatment options, having a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon who can offer both non-surgical (injectable filler) and a surgical rhinoplasty is an excellent option. Dr. Sadati always gives each patient his honest opinion about their candidacy for surgery and realistic outcomes. Early teenage patients (and younger) and pregnant patients are not candidates for rhinoplasty surgery. Patients who have undergone multiple revision rhinoplasties may not be safe to undergo further surgery. It is always best to discuss your options directly with your plastic surgeon.

What is the recovery process and down-time after rhinoplasty?

Dr. Sadati instructs his rhinoplasty patients to avoid strenuous lifting or exercise for 2 weeks after surgery. This is important to avoid bleeding and additional swelling. Most patients are comfortable returning to work 1 week after the external nasal splint is removed. The majority of swelling subsides within the first 1 month after surgery, however complete healing takes approximately 1 year.

Will I have packing inside my nose after surgery?

Dr. Sadati does not routinely place packing in the nose after surgery. Nasal packing can be quite uncomfortable for patients in terms of internal pressure and obstruction of breathing. Instead, Dr. Sharma uses a meticulous surgical technique to properly handle tissues and minimize bleeding.

What is the expected pain level after rhinoplasty?

Almost all patients who undergo rhinoplasty with Dr. Sadati do not experience significant pain after surgery. In most cases, patients may have a few days of pressure or discomfort which can be easily treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and does not require opiate or narcotic pain medication. That said, Dr. Sadatis team always ensures patients are provided with adequate pain control options to ensure a comfortable and safe recovery process.

What are common risks or complications associated with rhinoplasty?

For most patients, swelling takes approximately 1 year to completely resolve after rhinoplasty. In some patients, this can take up to 2 years depending on their skin thickness or history of prior rhinoplasty. Most patients do not experience significant bruising; this typically resolves within the first week after surgery. During the initial months after surgery, a minority of patients may have minor asymmetries of their nose which is normal during the recovery process. Dr. Sadati counsels all patients before rhinoplasty that existing asymmetries or deviations of the nose may not always be fully correctable given natural limitations of facial anatomy. A nosebleed which requires medical attention is highly uncommon after rhinoplasty, however light drainage from your nose can be expected the first few days after surgery.nnA reality facing all cosmetic surgery patients and surgeons is the possibility of having an undesirable final result. Revision rhinoplasty is more common after undergoing surgery with an inexperienced surgeon who uses improper surgical techniques. This can be a highly distressing situation, considering the repeat time, financial and emotional investment required for a revision surgery. To minimize this risk, it is critical to select a surgeon who specializes in complex rhinoplasty and who takes the time to assess your anatomy, discusses the surgical plan and expected outcomes and is dedicated to achieving natural results.

Can Septorhinoplasty help sinus problems?

Yes, a Septorhinoplasty can help with persistent congestion, breathing problems, and related to deviated septum and internal nasal valve collapse.


Dr. Kevin Sadati is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience and over 5000 facelifts performed using his well-known technique. He has been loved by his patients and praised by his peers for his natural-looking results. He has been voted the Best Facial Cosmetic Surgeon in Orange County 6 years in a row. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and is a regular lecturer at the national plastic surgery meetings. His expertise is mentioned in major national beauty magazines and appeared on TV. As a master of facelift, Preservation Lift™ also known as the deep plane facelift and rhinoplasty and an avid sculptor and painter, he can provide gorgeous yet natural-looking results without the tell-tale signs of surgery. Dr. Sadati can help you achieve your highest level of confidence at his luxurious facility. Dr. Sadati has pioneered the Preservation Lift™ also known as Preservation Deep Plane Facelift

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Dr. Kevin Sadati


Dr. Kevin Sadati is a top facial plastic surgeon in the Newport Beach and Orange County area with over 15 years of facial and reconstructive surgery experience. He is particularly known for creating natural, subtle results for his patients who don't appear that they've had work done. This can be credited to his extensive experience, as well as his surgical finesse and natural artistic talent. Along with years of studying and training, Dr. Sadati has experience as a painter and sculptor, which embodies his artistic eye for, and appreciation of, aesthetic harmony. He believes that this is key to creating beautiful, natural-looking results in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Sadati has been voted by his patients: “The Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in OC register 5 years in a row, “Top Plastic Surgeon in Orange County” in Locale magazine and received “Best Overall Facial Rejuvenation” award at the National Aesthetic Show by his peers. He also appeared in “The Doctors” show on NBC.



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