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Can Rhinoplasty Surgery Affect My Smile?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


When you look in the mirror and smile, you may notice that your nose appears to change subtly in size, shape, or width. With this connection between the nose and mouth in mind, it is understandable that many patients considering rhinoplasty surgery wonder how their smile may change after the procedure. Fortunately, there is virtually nothing to worry about, especially when rhinoplasty is performed by a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. At VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi performs a wide range of advanced nasal surgeries to help patients feel more confident, breathe more comfortably, and love their look without sacrificing their natural beauty, smile, and other features. Keep reading for a closer look at what you can expect after rhinoplasty surgery, including how and why your smile may or may not be affected by the procedure.

How can rhinoplasty improve my appearance?

Because the nose plays such a prominent role in your overall appearance, even subtle enhancements can dramatically improve the harmony and balance between your facial features. With each rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Khorsandi takes great care to listen to your specific concerns, discuss your ideal outcome, and customize your procedure to meet your needs while preserving your natural beauty and personal identity. Common complaints that can be addressed or corrected with Las Vegas rhinoplasty surgery include:

  • Nose is too wide
  • Nose looks too masculine
  • Nose is too narrow
  • Nose looks too feminine
  • Nose is too big
  • Bump in bridge of nose
  • Hooked nose
  • Crooked nose
  • Asymmetric nose
  • Large or small nostrils
  • Flat nose

In addition, rhinoplasty can help to improve a patient’s nasal function. For example, patients with a deviated septum, swollen turbinates, or obstructed breathing may be a candidate for a septoplasty, turbinectomy, or another type of functional rhinoplasty.

Will a rhinoplasty change my smile?

Almost immediately after rhinoplasty, patients may experience numbness and swelling in their nose and upper lip area, which can temporarily impact the look of their smiles. While this may be frightening at first, patients can rest assured that the swelling will resolve and they will regain normal sensation. This process typically takes several weeks or even months, but patients tend to look like their “normal” selves again much sooner.

For patients who have a nasal tip that changes significantly with their smile – often referred to as a dynamic tip – Dr. Khorsandi may recommend a surgical approach that involves severing the small muscle that connects the two. Again, this may result in subtle and temporary changes to the patient’s upper lip and smile, but these should resolve relatively quickly on their own.

Perhaps the most notable change after rhinoplasty is that the patient’s smile and other facial features will be better balanced, giving them a more natural, pleasing, attractive overall appearance.

Your smile will still shine after rhinoplasty in Las Vegas, NV

With a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, patients can rest assured that their smile will remain intact after rhinoplasty surgery. In fact, your smile may appear even more prominent and beautiful after your facial proportions have been improved with nose surgery. To learn more about the life-changing benefits of rhinoplasty in Las Vegas, NV, call VIP Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with expert board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.