Aesthetic Rhinoplasty Chicago


Because the nose is such a prominent facial feature, flaws or imbalances are usually noticeable. Some people feel very uncomfortable from a young age about the appearance of their nose. Nose reshaping surgery (rhinoplasty) was developed to correct these imperfections and create a more pleasing and attractive appearance. In order to maximize the chances of a beautiful result, it’s best to trust only experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeons, like Dr. Elias Gikas, with rhinoplasty.

What Cosmetic Issues Does Rhinoplasty Address?

Aesthetic rhinoplasty can be performed to address the following cosmetic issues:

  • Oversized nose
  • Bump on the bridge of the nose
  • Upturned or droopy tip
  • Wide or uneven nostrils
  • Crooked or off-center nose
  • Poor results of a previous nose job

The Surgical Procedure

No two rhinoplasty procedures are exactly alike; Dr. Gikas tailors each treatment plan to the patient’s specific aesthetic concerns and desired results.

Using either an open or closed approach, Dr. Gikas will make the surgical incisions. If he’s taking the open approach, he will make the incisions across the strip of skin separating the nostrils (called the columella); with the closed approach, he makes the incisions inside the nostrils. The open approach leaves a very faint scar on the columella, and the closed approach leaves no external scarring.

Through the incisions, he will surgically alter the bone, cartilage and tissue to reshape the nose and refine its features. If need be, he can graft skin or cartilage from another area of the body to provide additional support to the nose’s new structures.

After Dr. Gikas is finished with his surgical alterations, he will close the incisions with sutures. He may place a splint or nasal packing to support the nose as it heals.

Recovering from Surgery

Post-operative bruising and swelling are common, and will disappear over time. Any pain or discomfort can be controlled with prescription oral pain medication. Dr. Gikas strongly advises plenty of rest and relaxation in the days immediately following rhinoplasty. Any strenuous activity, as well as bending and lifting, should be avoided. Dr. Gikas will schedule a few follow-up appointments to check on the nose’s healing progress and advise when it is safe to return to work and school.

Aesthetic Rhinoplasty Results

It can take several months for the post-operative swelling to completely disappear. Patients will see initial improvement in their nose’s appearance right after surgery, with the final results slowly revealing themselves over time.

Dr. Gikas has an eye for artistry and considers the principles of facial balance and proportion very carefully. His work is well-known for looking very natural, whereas a less experienced surgeon may not produce results that are as subtle or organic-looking.

Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation

If you are unhappy with the way your nose looks and are interested in improving it with rhinoplasty, please call Dr. Gikas at (773) 878-6525 to schedule a one-on-one consultation.