Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, our Los Angeles, CA double board-certified plastic surgeon, will carefully examine your nasal and facial structure and provide an in depth consultation to discuss your goals and determine the best treatment to achieve an excellent result. His usual surgical approach is through closed rhinoplasty, which means he does not make an incision on the outside skin of the nose. Everything is done from within the nostril. He is able to perform rhinoplasty using this technique because of his dual board certification in otolaryngology or ear, nose and throat surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery. Rarely, an open rhinoplasty technique is performed when necessary because of severe problems related to a previously performed nasal operation by another surgeon.
Cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is a delicate, aesthetic procedure for the enhancement of the look and shape of your nose. Furthermore, it is performed to correct and improve the function of the nose. Dr. Keyes is an experienced surgeon whose surgical approach to rhinoplasty is based on producing the most beautiful and natural-looking results with excellent function of the nose. While rhinoplasty can consist of subtle changes, results usually are beautiful and dramatic. The objective is to produce a more aesthetically appealing nose that meets your cosmetic desires and functions as it should. Contact Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
"Dr. Keyes and Kimberley are amazing! They treated me with respect and provided incredible care before and after surgery. I am 3 weeks post op from rhinoplasty surgery. The swelling has gone down tremendously and will continue to do so. I am thrilled with how it looks so far and I know it’ll only get better!"- A.W. / Google / May 22, 2019
"I chose Dr. Keyes after looking for the best plastic surgeon in California for my daughter’s rhinoplasty. From the very first appointment, I felt she was in the right hands. He showed us exactly what he was going to do and what we could expect and sure enough, that’s what he delivered. She had very little pain and her nose looks amazing. I’m so glad we selected Dr. Keyes and Kimberley to care for my daughter. I highly recommend Dr. Keyes and staff!"- M.G. / Google / Jun 14, 2019
"Finding Dr. Keyes was fate. After having one of the worst rhinoplasty consultations from a top plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills (that quoted me an obscene amount),I was kind of unmotivated and scared to keep looking. Out of nowhere, Dr. Keyes showed up at my workplace. I remember thinking how kind and welcoming he was in our interaction. When I found out he was a plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty I knew this was meant to be! He answered all my questions right then and there and told me to call his surgical assistant and manager, Kimberley, and let me tell you...Kimberley is AMAZING!!! Not only did Kimberley answer the phone immediately with the most comforting voice but she scheduled a consultation based on what worked best for my schedule. The consultation was so easy. I didn't even have to wait. They brought me in the room, took photos of my nose and next thing I know Dr. Keyes was in the room showing me what my nose could look like. He listened to what I had to say, what I was self conscious about, and really incorporated me into the treatment and what I could get out of it. Dr. Keyes and Kimberley made me feel welcome, comfortable, excited, and confident about my decision on getting my nose done. Scheduling my surgery was crazy because of my schedule at school and work. Kimberley always answered my calls and answered my concerns about rescheduling my surgery which made it very convenient for me. Surgery day was nerve wracking but exciting. The anesthesiology nurse even called me a few days before to make sure I was aware of the process and what would happen, addressed my concerns about surgery, and eased my nerves. Dr. Keyes, Kimberley, and all the nurses made sure I was okay, talked me through the process, and kept me updated on what was happening next. Next thing I know, I was waking up with Dr. Keyes and Kimberley by my side. They called that night to make sure I was okay and scheduled a time for me to come in the next day.From the time I woke up from surgery, I had barely any pain! Besides the swelling and bruising(which is expected), recover was so easy. I was up and about within a few days. The bruising and swelling went down within 5 to 7 days but that's patient specific.When I finally got my cast off, I couldn't believe how amazing my nose looked! I couldn't help but cry my eyes out. It was just what I wanted for sooo long. To this day, I still look at myself in the mirror and get all giddy inside. The best part is how NATURAL it turned out. I still look like ME and I LOVE it. People that knew me before the surgery just look at me and tell me something as changed but they can't pinpoint it. If you are looking for a natural looking nose that compliments your face and who you are as a person then Dr. Keyes is your guy!I have never felt so confident and beautiful in my life. I owe it all to Dr. Keyes and Kimberley!!!"- L.F. / Google / Jun 14, 2019
"After searching for a board Certified surgeon for rhinoplasty Dr Keyes proved to be the one to fulfill my expectations. From the day I had my consultation I knew I could trust him and his great assistant Kimberley. I'm only 9 days post op for a closed rhinoplasty and the result is exactly in what we went over to achieve. Swelling has gone substantially and I now feel even better than before with my new nose! With no doubt I highly recommend Dr Keyes' services to anyone coming across his name."- A.P. / Yelp / Jul 25, 2019
"It took me decades to work up the courage to have rhinoplasty. I'm so glad I waited for the right time and chose the right doctor. Dr. Keyes specializes in ear, nose, throat surgeries as well as rhinoplasty, and that made me feel at ease that he was not only good at making the exterior look nice but the structure internally was in good hands. He gave me the best nose for my face--nothing too over the top and very natural looking. I am two weeks post op and I have to say I LOVE MY NOSE. What was important to me is the experience. I'm very turned off by the glitzy hyper superficial plastic surgeons who (in my opinion) seem like used car salesmen (albeit fancy used cars). Not true of Dr. Keyes, there is a humbleness that only comes with experience and confidence.Also, Kimberley, his right-hand, is friendly, professional and helps you along the way. She is easily accessible and has been with Dr. Keyes for decades (very telling that they make a good team and they value each other). I found this seemingly innocuous detail important, it says to me the doctor values experience and substance over flash. -Lori Amos, 52"- L.A. / Google / Oct 02, 2019
Rhinoplasty Ideal Candidates
Both women and men seek consultation for cosmetic nasal surgery. If you're displeased with the overall look of your nose and have specific concerns you wish to enhance or repair, this surgery may be the recommended answer. It is very important for the expectations of the patient are clearly understood to achieve the best surgical result.
Once you are determined to be a candidate, we will discuss how to accomplish your surgery. There are various techniques and approaches that Dr. Keyes implements during rhinoplasty. Prior to undergoing a procedure, Dr. Keyes will talk with you about which surgical method he intends to use and explain what he would be doing to your nose. He will be educating you on the surgical technique and answer questions that you may have about rhinoplasty. This will also simply take the mystery out of your surgery. Our goal is to make you feel prepared and confident with the long-lasting alterations that we will be making to your nose
Rhinoplasty Surgical Technique
Rhinoplasty surgeries are performed in a local facility on an outpatient basis. Dr. Keyes prefers to utilize the closed rhinoplasty technique (also known as endonasal rhinoplasty) when performing nasal surgery. The reason many surgeons do not use the closed rhinoplasty technique is that the technique requires a more advanced, complex approach to reveal the composition of the nose and internal structures. Closed rhinoplasty is performed from within the nostrils using a variety of surgical tools and state-of-the-art instruments. Incisions are made from within the nose so scarring isn’t visible. This lack of a visible scar is important to many patients.
Open rhinoplasty means that an incision is made along the soft tissue between the nostrils, making the misshaped cartilage more visible. Many doctors believe that using the open technique allows them to alter and manipulate the contour of the nose with heightened precision and control. It is important to remember that either technique can be used, but it is the skill of the surgeon that determines the result. Exposure of the tip cartilages allows them to be sculpted. The goal, in most cases, is to make the nasal tip look more refined and have an adequate degree of projection. Slight rotation of the nasal tip helps to soften the appearance of both the frontal, or forward-looking view, and the profile. Advantages of this technique include a single, camouflaged incision is created and the preservation of facets is maintained. Successful tip plasty surgery is crucial to the improvement of the appearance of the nose. For boxy-tipped noses, Dr. Keyes offers nasal structure reshaping, dome division, and cartilage grafting. For crooked, misshaped noses may perform septoplasty, a nasal hump reduction, an alar base reduction, turbinate reduction, tip plasty, or a cartilaginous spreader with plumping, and tip grafts.
What to Expect with Rhinoplasty
After your nose surgery, you will be monitored closely in a private recovery room to be monitored by one of our registered nurses. Once the effects of the anesthesia have worn off, Dr. Keyes will release you to recover at home. Dr. Keyes will call the night of surgery to check on you and to make arrangements for your first follow up visit. The area around the nose will be very swollen and bruised for a week or so. In almost all patients, there is bruising beneath the eyes in addition to the nose. Cold compresses and prescription medication can assist with these effects. Your post-operative appointment with Dr. Keyes will be scheduled within 48 – 72 hours after surgery to assess your healing progress. On average, it takes around 2 – 4 weeks to heal from nose surgery. Within this process, strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided.
Dr. Keyes will call the night of surgery to check on you and to make arrangements for your first follow up visit. You will typically come in for a check-up the day after your rhinoplasty. You will have additional follow-ups at one week, two weeks, and at one, two, and three months. Dr. Keyes proudly provides complete post-operative care for life. You can schedule as many check-ups as you want at no additional charge. Typically, you will be able to see improvement in the shape of your nose immediately after your dressing is removed at your one-week postoperative visit. You should expect the initial post-surgical swelling to last at least six weeks with final swelling subsiding over the course of a year.
Rhinoplasty Frequently Asked Questions
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty varies based on what technique is used and how complex your procedure is. Before estimating costs, Dr. Keyes will listen to your concerns and goals to help develop your custom treatment plan. When this is done, he can discuss costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. For your best results, it's important to focus on selecting an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Keyes, instead of the lowest cost. To help make your surgery easy to afford, Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. accepts several payment methods and our office can help you find low-interest financing.
Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
Although rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not paid by insurance, functional rhinoplasty that is medically necessary to improve your breathing may be covered. If you may be applying for reimbursement from your insurance, please tell Dr. Keyes in your consultation. We can help you submit any needed information and paperwork to your insurance to process your claim.
Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
If you want to smooth lumps and bumps on your nose, a wrinkle filler (like Restylane or Juvéderm) might be an option. A filler can temporarily improve minor imperfections, which might help you decide to get a rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for larger changes, long-lasting results, and to adjust the internal structure for better function. At your consultation, Dr. Keyes can tell you more about nonsurgical nose reshaping.
What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is about improving the nose while still keeping your cultural identity. This is often a concern if you are African-American, Asian, or Middle Eastern. In your consultation with Dr. Keyes, you can talk about what you want to keep and what you want to change. This will allow him to personalize your treatment plan to give you your best results.
Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Some patients think about combining rhinoplasty with another procedure, like cheek or chin augmentation. Having multiple surgeries for a dramatic result can be reviewed during your consultation with Dr. Keyes. Once he understands your goals, he can help you choose which procedures will be in your custom plan. Rhinoplasty can help your whole face appear more balanced, so you should wait to see your results before getting another procedure.
Are You ready to learn more?
If you are interested in looking and feeling your best but find the undesirable qualities of your nose are holding you back from truly feeling confident, contact Dr. Keyes. His surgical skills are unparalleled and our team’s faithful commitment to making patients’ cosmetic desires a reality cannot be beaten. By scheduling your consultation with Dr. Keyes, who is one of the best-recognized rhinoplasty surgeons in Los Angeles, CA, you are taking the first step toward enhancing your beautiful qualities, which make you unique! We encourage you to contact Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. for your appointment today.
Rhinoplasty to Improve Nasal Symmetry
Rhinoplasty has the ability to improve Nasal Symmetry.Read
Rhinoplasty to Narrow the Bridge of the Nose
All sorts of revisions can be made to the nose, and we'd like to focus right now on surgery to make the bridge thinner and narrower.Read
Hump Reduction Rhinoplasty: Enhancing the Bridge of the Nose
Rhinoplasty can be performed to address various kinds of aesthetic flaws.Read
Improve the Shape of the Nose with Rhinoplasty and Cartilage Grafts
As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes commonly sees patients who are dissatisfied with the size or shape of their nose.Read