Rhinoplasty, also known as a ‘nose job,’ is the procedure of choice for patients looking to address cosmetic imperfections of the nose. Plastic Surgeon – Dr. Ruston Sanchez performs rhinoplasty in Baton Rouge to correct dorsal humps, flaring nostrils, and other cosmetic and functional deficiencies. In addition, many patients who receive this procedure notice profound improvements in their facial features and proportionality, resulting in improved self-esteem and confidence.

Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. In 2015, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal reported satisfaction rates for nose reshaping surgery on average 83.6% from 2326 reviews from RealSelf. In addition, female satisfaction rates were 87.6%, while male satisfaction rates were 56.1%.

Board-certified plastic surgeon – Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped numerous men and women from Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans achieve their aesthetic goals with nose reshaping surgery.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Rhinoplasty

Dr. Ruston Sanchez recommends this procedure for patients whose facial growth is complete. Nasal bones usually fully develop at 16 for females and 18 for males. Typically, a good rhinoplasty candidate is an individual who is in good health and trying to address the following concerns:

  • Depression or hump on the nasal bridge
  • Wide-shaped nose
  • Enlarged nasal tip
  • Disproportionately large nose
  • Drooping nasal tip
  • Noticeably flared nostrils
  • A crooked nose
  • Asymmetrical nose due to birth deformity or injury
  • Impaired breathing due to the structure of the nose

Surgical Technique

Nose reshaping is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. First, Dr. Ruston will place incisions in the area of the nose just about the lip (columella) or hidden within the nose itself. Next, he will add or remove tissue from the nose to get the desired shape. Then, absorbable internal sutures that dissolve over time will close the incision. Next, Dr. Ruston will usually use external splints to support the nose. These are typically removed within 7 – 10 days and replaced with topical taping support. In some cases, the surgeon may use internal splints that are usually removed between two and five days. During surgery, the surgeon takes extreme care to achieve the desired outcome with minimal risk of scarring and other side effects.

Types of Rhinoplasty

Dr. Ruston Sanchez has several rhinoplasty procedures, depending on the patient’s needs.

Closed Rhinoplasty

During the closed technique, the surgeon will make an incision inside the nose through the nostrils. With this type of nose reshaping, there are no visible scars. This procedure option is ideal for patients looking for minor adjustments in the appearance of their noses. Patients who need a more severe adjustment will need open rhinoplasty.

Open Rhinoplasty

This procedure option entails an incision between the nostrils, which provides the surgeon with a better view of the internal nasal structure. Next, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will peel back the skin and manipulate the bone and cartilage as needed. Once this is done, the nose will be re-draped to reveal the new look. Because incisions involved in this type of rhinoplasty are very tiny, they result in hardly noticeable and very small scars.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

A non-invasive nose job option, also known as liquid rhinoplasty, is for men and women looking to achieve minor cosmetic improvements without the downtime of surgery. This procedure involves the use of injectable fillers or dermal fillers – which are liquid-based substances – to achieve the desired changes. Fat can also be transferred from other body parts to the nasal region to smooth humps or fill in a bony appearance.


Septoplasty, considered functional rhinoplasty rather than cosmetic surgery, can correct a deviated septum. This condition occurs when the thin wall of cartilage and bone that separates the two sides of the nose is not in its proper position. During this procedure, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will make an incision inside the nose to access the septum and then reshape it to be straight and centered. He may also remove any excess tissue or cartilage to improve breathing. After surgery, patients may experience some swelling and bruising, but these should subside within a few weeks.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty can reduce the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or bridge, narrow the nostrils, and correct any asymmetry. Additionally, rhinoplasty can also be used to improve breathing problems caused by structural defects in the nose. The benefits of rhinoplasty include the following:

• Improved facial balance and symmetry

• Enhanced self-confidence

• Improved breathing

• Reduced snoring

• Correction of congenital disabilities or injuries

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Dr. Ruston Sanchez closely monitors his rhinoplasty patients before releasing them to go home after the surgery. Following this procedure, the area around the nose and beneath the eyes will be bruised and swollen for some time. An external nasal splint will be set in place to protect the nose. An Internal nasal splint or packing made up of gauze or cotton will be placed inside the nasal chamber to control bleeding and keep nasal passages clean. Prescription medication will be given to help suppress pain and swelling. After about three days, a post-operative appointment will be scheduled at his office in Baton Rouge so that Dr. Ruston Sanchez can assess your recovery progress. Most nose job patients can recover and return to their regular schedule within 2-4 weeks. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will ask that you only perform strenuous activities or exercise after you get his green light.

Rhinoplasty Consultation

During a nose reshaping consultation, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will meet with you and discuss the goals of the procedure. The surgeon will ask you questions to learn about your worries and expectations after the process. He will also assess your nose and make treatment recommendations. Dr. Ruston Sanchez provides his patients with the personal attention they need throughout the treatment and explains the treatment modalities and consequent recovery.

Plan Your Rhinoplasty In Baton Rouge

The cost of rhinoplasty in Louisiana can vary significantly from one patient to the other. Most of Dr. Ruston’s patients can expect to pay between $6,000 and $10,000. This surgery is completed within 4 hours, and patients can expect to recover within 2-4 weeks. Dr. Ruston Sanchez performs rhinoplasty in an accredited in-office operating room with a full-time anesthesiologist and highly qualified support staff. Because this is an outpatient procedure, the surgeon will require that you have someone to drive you home and help out with chores for a day or two.

Your Nose the Way you Want It.

Rhinoplasty is an excellent procedure to address any discontent you may have regarding the appearance of your nose. This procedure is also recommended for individuals who have difficulty breathing due to structural deformities of the nose. Dr. Ruston Sanchez, a highly seasoned rhinoplasty surgeon in Baton Rouge and the surrounding Louisiana regions, is committed to meeting your precise needs.


Average Cost

$6,000 – $10,000

Average Recovery Time

Within 2 – 4 weeks

Average Procedure Time

Completed within 4 hours


Rhinoplasty FAQ

Surgical vs Nonsurgical rhinoplasty?
Many patients considering having a nose job wonder whether to go for the surgical or nonsurgical option. Dr. Ruston Sanchez offers a nonsurgical treatment, or liquid rhinoplasty, for patients who want to alleviate minor cosmetic issues temporarily. However, surgical rhinoplasty is recommended when a severe and permanent change in the nose’s structure is desired. During your initial consultation with Dr. Ruston Sanchez, the surgeon will examine your nose and let you know the best way forward.

How much does nose reshaping surgery cost?

The cost of nose reshaping surgery will vary significantly from patient to patient based on the procedure’s complexity and the surgeon’s experience. However, Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s patients can expect to pay between $6,000 and $10,000 for this cosmetic treatment. During your initial visit to Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s office, the surgeon’s team will create an initial cost estimate to help you prepare for the procedure.

Can I combine rhinoplasty with other facial procedures?

Yes. Combining nose reshaping with other cosmetic facial procedures, such as cheek augmentation, may be possible. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will seek to understand your goals and expectations before creating an effective treatment plan. More than one surgery may be performed at the same time or consecutively over several months to meet your desired outcome. It would be best to let Dr. Ruston Sanchez know about all your goals and expectations as early as the first consultation visit.

Where are the incision placements?

This depends on the type of procedure being performed. For open rhinoplasty, an incision is made across the columella (the area between the nostrils). This allows for greater access to the underlying structures of the nose and more precise reshaping. For closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nostrils and do not leave visible scarring. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will discuss the technique best for you during your consultation.

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