Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery
973 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 244-1000
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Rhinoplasty

Choosing the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery for rhinoplasty (nose job) in Rochester, New York, means having one of the pioneers of modern cosmetic nose surgery techniques perform the operation. Dr. Vito C. Quatela has dedicated much of his career to perfecting surgical techniques and achieving consistently excellent results. In addition to performing hundreds of rhinoplasty procedures, Dr. Quatela is a noted instructor who has taught this technically challenging operation to several generations of surgeons, including Dr. Heather Lee and Dr. Alex Montague.

In addition to Rochester, NY, locals, men and women considering rhinoplasty travel from Buffalo and Syracuse to have their procedures performed at the Quatela Center. Request your consultation to meet personally with one of our facial plastic surgeons using our online form, or call our office at (585) 244-1000 to schedule an appointment.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Vito C. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 30 years of experience performing facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Quatela is a past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is highly respected by his peers as a recognized expert in all areas of facial plastic surgery, including rhinoplasty, facelift, and other facial procedures.

Dr. Heather Lee is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and a board-certified otolaryngologist who has trained extensively with Dr. Quatela. She specializes in both aesthetic and functional procedures and is known for her meticulous surgical results and compassionate care.

Dr. Alex Montague is a highly-trained facial plastic surgeon and board-certified otolaryngologist who trained under Dr. Quatela for a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship. He has exemplary skills in both technique and patient care and specializes in aesthetic and functional procedures.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) improves the nose aesthetically – making it harmonize better with the other facial features – while maintaining or improving function. Septorhinoplasty can also restore function to the nasal passages in patients who struggle to breathe through their nose. Because it is the most defining feature of the face and vital for proper breathing and comfort, the nose and its size and shape significantly affect a person’s appearance.

Nasal surgery consists of reshaping the cartilage and bone of the nose to achieve aesthetically pleasing results while maintaining or optimizing function and making sure the patient can continue to breathe well.

Ideal Rhinoplasty Candidates

People seek rhinoplasty for various reasons. Some patients want a straighter nose and others want their nostrils narrowed. A person may also opt to have rhinoplasty if he or she feels the nose is disproportionately large. The nasal tip also has a tendency to lose support and droop as a result of the normal aging process, and many patients are seeking to reverse that.

Ideal candidates for cosmetic rhinoplasty are concerned with the shape or size of their nose and the way it fits their facial features. It is important for a patient to be in overall good health, with realistic expectations for what can be achieved with nose surgery. Certain medical conditions may need prior clearance from a patient’s family physician or specialist before surgery.

Your Guide to Rhinoplasty Surgery

Ready to discover how a rhinoplasty can reshape your nose? Get the facts about the procedure when you download our free eBook, Your Guide to Rhinoplasty Surgery. The guide offers extensive information about rhinoplasty, including what to expect before, during, and after the surgery. You'll also find answers to your most pressing rhinoplasty questions and a helpful surgery prep list.

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Functional Nose Surgery

Other patients in Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse may require nose surgery for reasons other than a cosmetic change. These patients struggle to breathe through their nose due to constricted or collapsed nasal valves, a condition that may occur with the aging process, trauma, infection, or scarring from previous surgery. To correct these conditions, Dr. Heather Lee and Dr. Alex Montague perform a procedure called functional rhinoplasty and/or septoplasty to repair and widen the nasal valves within the nostrils, restoring function to the nose. They also perform septorhinoplasty, which combines rhinoplasty and septoplasty procedures.

How Much Does a Rhinoplasty (“Nose Job”) Cost in Rochester, NY?

The cost of a rhinoplasty in Rochester, Buffalo, or Syracuse, NY, varies, depending on your specific needs and goals. All prices quoted from the Quatela Center are all-inclusive and include pre and postoperative appointments, surgeon’s fees, surgery center fees, and anesthesia costs. For more information, see our page on Plastic Surgery Costs.


Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.

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Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

When most patients come in for a cosmetic surgery consultation, they may only focus on one aspect of their appearance. Facial plastic surgeons are trained to focus on the patient’s whole appearance. During your initial consultation, your surgeon examines the function and form of your nose as well as the bony architecture and soft tissue. He/she will take into consideration your ethnicity and skin type, and will give you an idea of what you can expect from rhinoplasty surgery with the aid of computer imaging.

What Procedures Can Be Combined With Rhinoplasty?

Many people combine rhinoplasty with other procedures for a more balanced enhancement of the face. Options include:

Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

Our surgeons perform rhinoplasty using either the open or closed technique. Here are some differences:

  • Open rhinoplasty involves an incision along the undersurface of the outer portion of the nose called the columella. This incision generally heals very well with minimal scarring. This technique provides unobstructed access to the internal structures of the nose.
  • Closed rhinoplasty is an option for some patients that involves several incisions made on the inside of the nose with no external incision. 

These options will be discussed in detail at your individual consultation appointment with your surgeon.

Your Rhinoplasty Procedure

The rhinoplasty procedure is done under monitored anesthetic. Your surgeon will address the changes you would like to make to your nose using the imaged photo from your consultation as a reference. Rhinoplasty surgery is different for each patient; your procedure will be customized to your desired outcome.


Dr. Heather Lee Dr. Heather Lee

Heather Lee, M.D.

Specializes in Facial Procedures

A board-certified facial plastic surgeon and a board-certified otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedures of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.

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What Can I Expect After Rhinoplasty Surgery?

You will have a cast over your nose for the first 7 days, which must be kept dry. Sutures will be removed on the third day after surgery. When the cast is removed, your nose will be swollen. The degree of swelling and bruising around the eyes and cheeks varies between patients but is normal after this surgery.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Nose Job?

Many rhinoplasty patients return to work 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Sports, bending, lifting, and strenuous physical activities are restricted for about 3 weeks.

Once you return to regular exercise, ease into it by gradually increasing your activity level. It takes about 6 weeks for the nasal bones to heal fully, so contact and semi-contact sports should be avoided for 4 to 6 months. Swimming is allowed after 6 weeks.


Dr. Alex Montague, M.D. at Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery Dr. Alex Montague, M.D. at Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery

Alex Montague, M.D.

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Known for his exemplary skills in both technique and patient care, Dr. Montague is a highly-trained facial plastic surgeon and board-certified otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon. He specializes in cosmetic and functional facial surgery and injectable treatments.

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How Long Does It Take to See Results After Rhinoplasty?

It usually takes from 6 months to a full year to evaluate the final results following rhinoplasty. However, after 3 months, most patients are approaching it, with about 90% of their final result. Do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns arise during your recovery.

Instructions for Before and After Rhinoplasty

Prior to your nose surgery, a nurse provides detailed instructions for incision care and surgical site care. These are designed to allow for proper healing and to help you achieve the best results. Closely following the postoperative instructions is important for a successful recovery.

It is important to know what to expect during all phases of the rhinoplasty procedure. For proper healing and to achieve satisfactory results, patients must closely follow their doctor’s instructions both before and after the operation. Our goal at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery is to ensure a safe surgical procedure and recovery.

You will meet with our nursing team before surgery during a 1-hour pre-operative visit. We will review your medical health history and obtain medications, perform a physical exam, and review and order postoperative medications. We also provide information about what to expect both before and after surgery. You will also receive written educational information for your reference.

These instructions are available to download and print.

Rhinoplasty FAQ

What is the best age to get a rhinoplasty?

People of many different ages can benefit from nose reshaping surgery. On the younger end, it is best to wait until your nose has finished developing, which is typically in the teen years. On the older end, you can have a rhinoplasty done at any time as long as you are in good enough health to undergo surgery safely.

Is rhinoplasty safe?

Rhinoplasty is a low-risk procedure when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. While there are some risks, complications are rare. Potential complications include infection, difficulty breathing through the nose, an unsatisfactory appearance, and changes in skin sensation around the nose. The Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery team takes every precaution before, during, and after your rhinoplasty to keep your risk of complications very low.

Can I see what my post-surgical nose might look like before surgery?

Yes, your surgeon will use digital imaging during your rhinoplasty consultation to show you what your nose might look like after surgery. Your desired changes will be discussed and shown using photos taken at the consultation.

How long do I have to have packing in my nose?

Packing is not always placed after nose surgery. When used, packing will typically remain in place until the day after surgery. Small splints are also sometimes placed inside of the nose and left in place for 7 days post-procedure.

What is the downtime after rhinoplasty surgery?

Patient experiences vary after rhinoplasty. Bruising and swelling typically last 7 to 10 days. A cast will stay on the outside of the nose for about 7 days. Residual bruising can be camouflaged with makeup, which can be taught to you by our experts at Q the Medical Spa at Lindsay House. Many patients return to work 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Sports activities, heavy lifting, etc. are restricted for about 3 weeks.

How long will my nose appear swollen?

It can take some time for swelling to resolve after rhinoplasty surgery. Most of the swelling usually goes away after the first few weeks and months, but a small amount of residual swelling can take 6 months to 1 year to resolve.

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