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Nose Surgery by Boston Plastic Surgery Specialist Dr. Bartlett

Doctor Bartlett - Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance and/or functionality of the nose. With the help of rhinoplasty in Boston, patients can finally get the attractive nose they’ve always dreamed of.

No other facial feature has the power to dominate the character of the face more than the nose. If your nose is out of proportion or has an unfavorable shape, it can detract from an otherwise attractive face. Nasal surgery can deemphasize a patient’s dominant nose and rebalance their facial proportions.

Rhinoplasty Expert Dr. Richard Bartlett 

When it comes to choosing the best rhinoplasty surgeon for your procedure, it’s vital that you choose someone with experience and a high degree of skill. Acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard A. Bartlett is one of Boston’s top experts in primary rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and reconstructive rhinoplasty and can improve the shape, size, or angle of your nose.

Because rhinoplasty is an intricate procedure that requires sculpting of the nose, it is important to choose a plastic surgeon who possesses both surgical skill and artistic vision. 

As a craniofacial expert, Dr. Richard Bartlett has a unique appreciation of how anatomy relates to form and beauty. He is able to analyze your facial features and uses computer imaging to determine how to best alter the shape of your nose to improve facial symmetry. Dr. Bartlett will spend as much time as necessary to discuss your goals and create a surgical plan to help achieve them. 

Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?

Ideal candidates for a nose job are patients who are unhappy as a result of cosmetic and/or functional nasal issues. Examples of cosmetic issues include oversized nostrils, a nasal hump, a wide or narrow nasal bridge, a crooked nose, and a drooping or rounded nasal tip.

Ideal candidates are in overall good health and have realistic expectations in terms of the procedure’s results. In order to develop realistic expectations before the date of surgery, patients must review rhinoplasty before and after photos and meet with Dr. Bartlett for an informative consultation.

Rhinoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures. A facelift or blepharoplasty can be performed for more dramatic results.


  • About the Surgery – Rhinoplasty can be used to correct a variety of common cosmetic complaints. It is also a reconstructive surgery alternative for patients with nasal deformities or significant breathing problems, including patients with deviated septums and patients born with a cleft lip and palate.
  • Surgical Setting – outpatient setting
  • Anesthesia – A general anesthetic is typically used.

Nasal Surgery Recovery

Following the nose surgery operation, a nasal splint (plastic cover) is placed on the nose and left on for one week. Packing is usually not used. Pain is mild, but swelling and bruising can be significant and may last for up to 2 weeks or longer.

Nose blowing is prohibited for 2 weeks and stuffiness persists during that time. Light exercise is permitted after 2 weeks, but more serious exercise has to wait for 4 to 6 weeks. Final results are evaluated 6 months from the time of surgery.

My only regret about my surgery is not doing it sooner. Dr.Bartlett seems very conservative in his approach and prior to surgery I was a little nervous that I would come out with such minimal change in my nose appearance that all the money would not be worth it. This was not the case. My results were so natural looking you would never think I had a “nose job”. I could not be happier with how I look. I’d say what sets Dr.Bartlett apart from other surgeons is he uses a conservative approach so that it’s not obvious you just had surgery and that the final result still looks like YOU. I think that’s every clients dream. Best thing about this experience was how easy and pain free it all was. Honestly I could not believe it. This is why I say my only regret is not doing it sooner. My only other surgery was removal of my wisdom teeth, and in comparison the rhinoplasty was a walk in the park. The day after my surgery I was walking around Boston and went to the movies with my mom. *

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Rhinoplasty Cost

In the case of functional rhinoplasty, health insurance may cover part or all of the procedure’s cost. With purely cosmetic nasal surgery, no coverage will typically be provided. Generally, the price of rhinoplasty is dependent on the techniques required, the type of anesthesia used, and many other factors.

Schedule a Consultation for Your Rhinoplasty

If you are unhappy with the shape, size, length, or overall appearance of your nose, contact our office to schedule a consultation and find out more about rhinoplasty in Boston. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard A. Bartlett can formulate a personalized surgical plan for your rhinoplasty and provide you with amazing results.