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Dr. Dufresne's expertise and interest in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery includes cosmetic surgery as well as cancer and congenital reconstruction, which has won him critical acclaim and several awards.

Nose Surgery

 RhinoplastyOne of the most common plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty is performed to reshape, reduce or augment a person’s nose, remove a hump, narrow nostril width, change the angle between the nose and the mouth, or to correct injury, birth defects, or other problems that affect breathing. Results depend on the patient’s nasal bone and cartilage structure, facial shape, skin thickness and age (teenagers should have had their growth spurt).

Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed under either local or general anesthesia and lasts one to two hours unless more extensive work needs to be done.

Surgeons use one of two techniques: the incision is either made within the nostrils, thus hiding scars after surgery, or across the columella (the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils) in an "open" procedure, where scars are small and hidden on the underside of the base. In both procedures the skin is lifted, the bone and cartilage sculpted, and the skin replaced and stitched closed.

For a short time after surgery you may experience puffiness, nose ache or a dull headache, some swelling and bruising, bleeding or stuffiness. Most patients feel like themselves within two days and return to work in about a week. Contact lenses can be worn immediately but glasses will have to be taped to your forehead or propped on your cheeks for up to seven weeks.

Complications are rare and, when they occur, minor. These may include infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to the anesthesia.

Insurance may cover rhinoplasty if it is done for reconstructive or medical reasons, but not for cosmetic purposes . We do not participate with any insurance and Dr. Dufresne is paid-in-full prior to any surgery date. However, we will submit your claim to your insurance for you. If your insurance company decides to cover the procedure, a reimbursement check will be sent to you.

For questions that are frequently asked about facial procedures, please click here.

Facial Procedures

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Testimonials

  • “Dr. Dufresne is by far the most caring/professional Dr. I have ever know his work is unsurpassed,his knowledge as well I was so blessed to have found him on 20/20 during an documentary. I will be coming back for a visit soon . Thanks for everything you do.”

  • “I love Dr. Dufresne! He takes his time with his patients, and if he doesnt feel like you will get a great result, he will recommend another option for you. I highly recommend seeing him, you will not be disappointed.”

  • “I absolutely loved my doctor. At first I wanted to have both upper and lower eyelid surgery but he convinced me not to have the upper eyelid surgery just yet. He is not only an excellent plastic surgeon, he’s also an amazing reconstructive surgeon.”

  • “Dr. Dufresne and his staff are so caring and charismatic; I have never felt more comfortable in a doctors office. Dr. Dufresne gives you his undivided attention during the consultation. He answers all of your questions no matter how silly they may be and gives you an honest answer.”

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