Rhinoplasty Specialist

James C. Yee, MD -  - Otolaryngologist

James C. Yee, MD

Otolaryngologist located in Folsom, CA & Carmichael, CA

You may benefit from a rhinoplasty if your nose structure creates breathing problems. At the otolaryngology practice of James C. Yee, MD, in Folsom and Carmichael, California, Dr. Yee provides this surgical procedure that reforms the shape, size, and function of your nose. Call one of the locations or schedule online to get more information on rhinoplasty procedures.

Rhinoplasty Q & A

Why should I consider rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty changes the function of your nose and can change its look, too. The surgical procedure is a good option when you want to:

  • Correct breathing problems
  • Repair a nose affected by injury or birth defect
  • Alter the angle between the nose and upper lip
  • Narrow the space between your nostrils
  • Change the shape of the tip or bridge of your nose
  • Increase or reduce the size of your nose
  • Alter the angle between the nose and upper lip


If you’re concerned about the function and structure of your nose, schedule a consultation with Dr. Yee. He can assess your condition and offer the best possible treatment plan.

Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

Before undergoing rhinoplasty, your facial features should be fully developed. Girls should be at least 14-15 and boys in their late teens before surgery.

Dr. Yee reviews the procedure with you prior to surgery and sets up expectations, so you have a successful outcome.

You should be generally in good health prior to surgery. Quit smoking prior to your rhinoplasty, too. Smoking can interfere with recovery and healing post-procedure.

What should I expect during rhinoplasty?

Most people are usually placed under general anesthesia for rhinoplasty, but in some cases, local anesthesia may be used. During the procedure, Dr. Yee creates an incision within your nostrils and sometimes across the base of your nose. The exact process depends on the goal of the surgery.

These incisions give him access to your cartilage and inner bone for reshaping and repair.

What is recovery from rhinoplasty like?

Usually, rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure. You go home the same day as the surgery to recover at home. You’ll have some swelling and bruising for the first three days. You may also need to wear a nasal splint for the first week after surgery.

Some mild to moderate swelling and faint discoloration can persist for up to two weeks after your procedure. Dr. Yee recommends you avoid strenuous activity for 3-6 weeks following surgery. Your optimal results usually take about six months to show up.

To learn more about rhinoplasty and how it can restore confidence and nasal function, call one of the offices of James C. Yee, MD, or book an appointment using the online scheduler.