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It is not uncommon for patients to perceive a rhinoplasty as a relatively painful procedure. After all, there may be considerable reshaping of the nose required and then … those bones may have to be broken. Ouch! If you have watched any YouTube videos or seen programs explicitly showing the fracturing of the nasal bones, it appears to be pretty brutal. It’s just gotta hurt!

Fortunately, that is usually not the case. A rhinoplasty that just requires cartilaginous work or rasping of an irregularity without the need for breaking of the nasal bones is associated with relatively minor discomfort. If the nasal bones need to be fractured in order to narrow the nose, though there is a significant increase in the extent of swelling, there is often only a minimal increase of pain. For most patients, oxycodone (Percocet®) is more than adequate and is often taken for a very brief period of time.

If you would like additional information on a rhinoplasty, chin enlargement, eyelid surgery or any other aesthetic procedure that I perform or to schedule a complimentary consultation, you can contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

As always, our highest priority is to ensure YOUR safety and well-being.

With coronavirus/COVID-19 still a health issue, we want you to know that we are continuing to take extreme infection control measures in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. This also means that only patients will be permitted to come into our office and everyone will have their temperature checked.

In an abundance of caution, we are requesting that if you are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness, please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment. You may also want to contact your healthcare provider for further evaluation.

We do offer Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through doxy.me. This is best used for specific situations including postoperative questions and as a substitute for some postoperative office visits relating to certain procedures. However, if you are planning to proceed with surgery, an in-office evaluation will be required.

We are all in this together and really appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.