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As humans, the nose is one of our most prominent features. It is important to our overall appearance that it is well shaped, functions properly, and fits within the natural contours on our face. For those unhappy with the shape, size or proportion of their nose, rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose surgery) may offer the improvement they seek. Dr Samer Bassilios Habre is a rhinoplasty expert. He performs rhinoplasty surgery and creates natural, soft results. There are many variations to the rhinoplasty procedure. The technique used will depend upon your individual features and aesthetic goals. Alterations can be made to change your nose angle, reshape the tip, narrow the nostrils or change the size or width of the nasal bridge.



Dr Habre is one of the few in Lebanon to use the new technology of Piezosurgery during Rhinoplasty. It allows cutting and rasping of the bone with extreme precision and control, in comparison to the older technique of using a hammer and an osteotome. This creates better control during surgery, and less bruising and swelling after surgery.


Rhinoplasty, or nose job, offers benefits to individuals of most any age. However, children and teens should wait until their facial growth is complete, around age 17. Good candidates for a rhinoplasty include healthy individuals with any of the following issues:


  • A nose that is disproportionately large for the face

  • A hump or depression on the nasal bridge

  • A wide shape nose

  • A nasal tip that droops

  • An enlarged nasal tip

  • Excessively flared nostrils

  • An off-center or crooked nose

  • A nose that is asymmetrical caused by injury or birth

  • A nose that impairs breathing


There are a couple of different ways to perform nose surgery, that being the closed technique and the open technique. In the open technique: The incision is made between the nostrils and inside of the nose. Once this incision is made, the skin is pulled back and the bones, cartilage and tissue within the nose are exposed so that reshaping and reconstruction can occur. Once the incisions are closed, scarring is minimal and will not be seen. Closed rhinoplasty is less invasive. It is generally used when only mild reshaping is needed, or if the tip of the nose is being addressed.


Rhinoplasty is considered an outpatient procedure. It is performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia. Patients will be swollen and bruised around the eyes and nose for up to 7 days. These are the primary side effects after surgery. Nasal packing, which is the insertion of gauze or cotton into the nasal chamber to control bleeding, is rarely used. After surgery, patients will wear a nose splint for 7 days. Once this splint is removed, the newly shaped nose will be revealed. It can take a few months for the nose to gain its sensation, as well as its final contour and softness.



Noses that are too large or too wide, or have a specific deformity may only be able to be enhanced through nose surgery. Rhinoplasty can make a nose look smaller, more defined, softer in appearance, and natural looking as it pertains to the rest of the face. Countless patients have had rhinoplasty surgery with our rhinoplasty expert, Dr Samer Bassilios Habre and love their results.



Dr Samer Bassilios Habre philosophy in rhinoplasty is to avoid over-reduction of tissues that can reduce the ability to breath through the nose. The aim is to have an individualized treatment of each segment of the nose to give a balanced, natural and refined look without compromising function.



Usually, Rhinoplasty takes from 1 to 2 hours depending on the complexity of the condition of the nose. Nearly all rhinoplasty operations are done as outpatient surgeries.



This depends again on how complex the procedure is, but in general most patients experience five to seven days of purple discoloration and swelling around the eyes and upper cheeks. The nose itself will be swollen for around ten to fourteen days or longer, but subtle resolution of the swelling at the tip of the nose can take months to go away.

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