Feel Confident About Your Nose

The nose is a central point on your face, and it plays a major role in how you look. Your nose can be one of the first things people notice. What kind of impression do you want to make? One of beauty, strength, and confidence? At FacesFirst, we want to help you achieve exactly that. Walk into a room feeling amazing in how you look and how you feel.

At FacesFirst, we are facial surgery specialists, which means that we are experts in sensitive surgeries, such as rhinoplasty, and we’re right here in Denver. Trust your face to the most qualified hands available.

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A Skilled Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Meet Dr. Christopher Cote, who has been a leader in the field of rhinoplasty for years. He has become the “go-to” surgeon for both finesse rhinoplasty and the most challenging nasal reconstruction cases. For more than ten years he has been teaching rhinoplasty and training surgical residents at Johns Hopkins University, the Army’s Walter Reed Medical Center and the Navy’s Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. This experience allows him to handle the most complex cases with ease and also create the most beautiful noses. His modern structural techniques lead to lasting results, and he is a true specialist in revision rhinoplasty as well.

Choose Us for Effective Results

Your nose is not simply a fixture on your face but a functioning organ that is part of your respiratory system. It warms, cleanses and humidifies the air you breathe. Therefore, the surgeon who can change the shape of your nose should also understand the effects on the function of your nose. For example, if you desire to make your nose smaller and more fitting to your face, you want to be sure that your breathing passages remain open. The double-board certified surgeons at FacesFirst in Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado are experienced at complex nasal airway reconstruction rhinoplasty as well as the detailed aesthetic techniques of a facial plastic surgeon.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, is the surgical procedure that allows us to change the form or function of your nose. The nose is a central point on the face that plays a major role in how you look. It is also a sensory organ that does more than just help you breathe. A rhinoplasty procedure is designed to improve the aesthetic shape of the nose, and the procedure can also improve its function.

Rhinoplasty can address many issues, including:

  • The shape, angle and size of the nose.
  • Structural issues that restrict breathing.
  • Birth defects

Aesthetics and Function

The shape of your nose affects the function of your nose. It is possible to achieve a well-proportioned nose that works efficiently. Some people have a crooked nose as a result of injury and would like it straightened so that they can breathe better. With the application of the latest techniques in rhinoplasty, the doctors at FacesFirst can help you to achieve the look you want. Our attention to the function of your nose allows you to achieve a balance of clear nasal breathing and facial harmony.

What to Expect

Since every person’s nose is different, we tailor each procedure to your exact needs. Some patients desire subtle refinements that may make a big difference, while others have complex issues or need revision surgery. Your surgeon will explain to you what to expect based on these options. Nasal surgery is generally an outpatient surgery, taking a few hours. You will recover at home with rest, may feel better in less than a week and can return to work in 7-10 days. The nose may still have some swelling at that point, but most swelling is resolved after a month’s time. There will be some subtle changes to the nose over a year’s time, and Dr. Cote will follow up with you during this time to make sure you love your results.

“Dr Cote was amazing! He worked on the inside and outside of my nose and the results are far better than I could have imagined!”

– Cara S.


Your Advanced Consultation

At Faces First, we utilize modern technology to give you an advanced consultation process with a complete understanding of the procedure. Dr. Cote uses the Vectra 3D Imaging program so patients can see potential outcomes of their rhinoplasty. The system creates a 3D model based on photographs of the patient’s face, which Dr. Cote can then manipulate to gain a better understanding of the patient’s aesthetic goals.

To schedule your consultation and see what your rhinoplasty results could look like, call Faces First Cosmetic Surgery at (720) 414-3332 or request an appointment online.


What is a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, is the surgical procedure that allows us to change the form or function of your nose to create a nose that is more proportionate to the rest of the face.

How much does a rhinoplasty cost?

The cost of a rhinoplasty can vary from patient to patient and surgeon to surgeon. There are multiple considerations that can affect the cost of a rhinoplasty, including whether there are breathing issues with the nose, whether the patient has had previous nasal surgery, and the amount of anesthesia that is needed to accomplish the desired goals. Expect to get a number quote from your plastic surgeon that will likely be in the thousands of dollars.

How long does rhinoplasty take?

For Dr. Côté, typical outpatient rhinoplasty surgery takes 2 to 3 hours. Revision rhinoplasty cases can sometimes take longer than this. Recovery from anesthesia might take another 1 to 2 hours, after which you’ll be sent home to rest.

How long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty?

After outpatient rhinoplasty surgery and recovery from anesthesia, you will be sent home. Most people feel a bit fatigued for 3 to 5 days, with some swelling and congestion. Pain is typically well-managed, and most people need little pain medicine after a few days. By your one-week appointment postoperatively, you should feel better. You also will have your cast and sutures removed at this time. Typically, patients take about 7 to 10 days off school or work after this operation, but the actual recovery time might vary depending on your normal schedule.

How is a rhinoplasty performed?

A rhinoplasty is performed while you are completely ‘asleep’ under general anesthesia. During the operation, incisions are made to access the underlying bone and cartilage that forms the shape of your nose. Dr. Côté then performs structural work to the cartilage and bone that reshapes the nose and creates the appearance you’re looking for. Every operation is unique, depending on the needs of the patient and the characteristics of the anatomy. When you schedule a detailed consultation with your plastic surgeon, you can receive a more in-depth understanding of what will be done.

What is a ‘’non-surgical rhinoplasty’’?

A non-surgical rhinoplasty refers to the use of dermal fillers to camouflage certain features of the nose. It is usually temporary and is very limited in what it can do, so ask Dr. Côté if you are a candidate.

How to reduce swelling after rhinoplasty

After surgery, ice and homeopathic products such as arnica or bromelain can help with bruising and swelling. Lymphatic drainage can also be improved with warm compresses and increasing your activity levels. Sometimes, your plastic surgeon can perform postoperative treatments that further improve swelling after surgery as well. This is usually assessed on an individual basis.

Can a rhinoplasty be covered by insurance?

Most rhinoplasty are not covered by insurance, except for in a limited number of circumstances. However, there may be some structural issues to the nose such as a deviated septum that need to be addressed at the same time. These procedures inside the nose and sinuses may be eligible for insurance coverage and can be treated the same time as a rhinoplasty.

What is a revision rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty refers to an operation on a nose that has already had previous rhinoplasty or nasal reconstructive surgery. It can be more technically challenging and have special considerations depending on each individual case. Dr. Côté has an extensive amount of experience performing revision surgery.

What is a closed rhinoplasty?

Closed rhinoplasty is a term used when incisions are hidden inside of the nose. This can be appealing since scars can be hidden— however, important visualization by the plastic surgeon can be much more limited. Alternatively, an open rhinoplasty includes a small incision near the nostrils, which can significantly improve visualization for the plastic surgeon and even optimize the results. Ask Dr. Côté about the pros and cons of each.

How should I clean my nose after rhinoplasty?

Cleaning the nose after surgery is typically done with the use of a gentle saline or saltwater rinse. Additionally, medicated ointments can treat incisions near the nostril area. Leakages or crustiness that can occur can be treated with gentle peroxide and Q-tips. In the office, Dr. Côté can also additionally clean out the nose to maximize your breathing as soon as possible.

How much time should you take off work after rhinoplasty?

The average patient takes off about 7 to 10 days after a rhinoplasty. Some people who have more flexibility and control of their schedule can take less time. And others who have very physically demanding work or travel requirements may need more time.

When can I work out after rhinoplasty?

While you will be up on your feet within a few days after surgery and completing easy activities, we generally do not recommend you do any heavy exercise or lifting for about two weeks. Activity such as contact sports should be limited for the first six weeks.

How long should you wear a cast after rhinoplasty?

The cast is removed within one week of your rhinoplasty.

External Links

  1. PlasticSurgery.org
  2. Smart Beauty Guide
  3. American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
  4. WebMD
  5. Health Line




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Dr. Christopher Cote is a plastic surgeon in Denver, Colorado who is double-board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery. He has over 20 years of experience specializing in Rhinoplasty, Facelifts, Brow lifts, Facial Liposculpture, advanced Facial Reconstruction, and many other cosmetic surgeries in Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado.