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Dean Toriumi

Meet Dean Toriumi, M.D.

Dean Toriumi, M.D.’s long career as an expert in functional and aesthetic rhinoplasty, both as a clinician and teacher has earned him national and international recognition from patients and peers alike. Now fully dedicated to his private practice, Dr. Toriumi’s focus is on providing long-term aesthetic and functional outcomes in all facial plastic procedures.


Board-certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Toriumi has been named one of the world’s top five rhinoplasty surgeons by W Magazine, one of the Best Cosmetic Surgeons by Town and Country Magazine, one of the Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and has been mentioned multiple times on Castle Connolly’s list of one of the Best Doctors in America, as well as by Chicago Magazine’s Top Doctors issue.


Physicians worldwide frequently refer their patients to Dr. Toriumi to manage complex nasal deformities including revision rhinoplasty. Dr Toriumi has received outstanding reviews from hundreds of patients over the years.  He also has delivered more than 700 lectures, demonstrations, and presentations to peers all over the world and has authored or coauthored more than 125 peer-reviewed papers and books. His latest book, Structure Rhinoplasty:  Lessons Learned in 30 Years, is a three-volume text on the “Toriumi Technique,” where Dr. Toriumi demonstrates how he has refined his approach to produce the best patient outcomes with minimal complications.


Dr. Toriumi is formerly a Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Head of the Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Director of Resident Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.   A graduate of Knox College and Rush Medical College, he completed his residency training at Northwestern University Medical School as well as two fellowships, Tulane University Hospital and the University of Washington.

Dr. Toriumi featured in Chicago Magazine.

Dr. Toriumi has been featured in the January 2020 issue of the distinguished Chicago Magazine.

Nasal Tip Contouring: Anatomic Basis for Management.

An Article Written by Dr. Toriumi

Contouring the nasal tip can be quite complex due to the multitude of techniques that are available to the rhinoplasty surgeon. In an effort to simplify the exercise, I provide a reasonable way to think through the process of choosing a technique and emphasize some of the technical pearls in execution.

Evolution of a Rhinoplasty Master: An Interview with Dean Toriumi, MD.

Interview by John S. Rhee Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Dean Toriumi: My motivation for this article was primarily to try to help rhinoplasty surgeons navigate through the various rhinoplasty techniques that are available to them today. It is very confusing to surgeons who are investigating new techniques and philosophies. In this article, I really tried to provide some clarity on the goals of tip surgery and principles of management.


How does a Dr. Toriumi determine if I am a good candidate for surgery?  

If you are in good health, typically you are a good candidate for plastic surgery. Of course, Dr. Dean Toriumi will give you a thorough health evaluation to ensure you are fit to undergo surgery. During your consultation, it’s important that you honestly go over your medical history. Dr. Toriumi also wants you to communicate your expectations, plastic surgery goals, and concerns. He will go over what you can realistically expect and how you can best prepare for surgery. 

What is the difference between facial plastic surgeons performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Dr. Toriumi, performs a variety of procedures for a variety of reasons. Cosmetic surgery reshapes normal structures of the body to improve appearance and confidence. It’s usually not covered by insurance because it is elective. Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is performed because the natural structures of the body are negatively affected by defects, disease, infection, or other reasons. Reconstructive surgery is usually covered by insurance, though the level of your coverage may vary based on your policy. Dr. Toriumi treats both kinds of patients, but the result is always the same: they love the way they look. Toriumi Facial Plastics can help you love the way you look, too. Call now for a consultation and to start on the road to confidence and self-esteem today. 

What is the recovery from facial plastic surgery like?

As with all medical procedures, your recovery from surgery depends on your body and how closely you follow the Dr. Toriumi's instructions. As far as pain is concerned, each patient will handle and tolerate the pain in different ways. But you don’t have to worry about pain levels becoming unbearable. Dr. Toriumi will prescribe the appropriate types and quantities of pain medication so that you can recover both safely and comfortably. Most of our patients report minimal discomfort in the post-op period. 


Why should I trust Dr. Toriumi to be my facial plastic surgeon? 

You won’t find a more qualified or respected plastic surgeon. Dr. Toriumi has more than three decades of experience in facial plastic surgery, is board-certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has co-authored more than 125 peer-reviewed papers and books during his career as a facial plastic surgeon. On paper, he is the absolute best plastic surgeon you can get. But Dr. Toriumi and his team go above and beyond what’s expected of them as far as bedside manner and patient care are concerned. They know that your face is the most personal part of who you are. When people think of you, they think of what your face looks like. Your face is a huge part of your identity as an individual. For that reason, Dr. Toriumi takes the utmost care to listen to your needs, wants, and concerns. He listens to what you love—and what you don’t love—about yourself, and then he provides solutions that help you love every part of your face. His world-renowned surgical techniques combined with his unmatched patient care and compassion make him your top choice for facial plastic surgeons. If you’re ready for a change and want the best surgeon in the industry, call now.   


Is facial plastic surgery safe? 

Like any medical procedure, there are risks associated with facial plastic surgery. To reduce your risks, Toriumi Facial Plastics employs highly professional medical staff to give you the best possible outcome. The best way you can prepare for a safe and successful surgery is to follow Dr. Toriumi's instructions. Follow all pre- and post-operative guidelines and be totally transparent about your medical history, physical and emotional well-being, and anything else you think might affect your surgery or your results. One of the ways you can work toward a safe procedure is to take every precaution to prepare your body for surgery and then take care of your body afterward.


What are my payment options with Dr. Toriumi?


Here at Toriumi Facial Plastics, we know how your life can be completely changed when you love yourself. For that reason, we do our very best to make sure all of our patients knows their options and what to expect financially when they come to us for care. Our friendly staff will walk you through the payment process so nothing will take you by surprise. Please give our offices a call and we can walk you through your options.


How can my facial plastic surgeon help me minimize swelling and bruising? 

Because facial plastic surgery is just that—surgery—you can expect your body to bruise and swell as it heals. However, there are steps you can take to ensure the healing process is as smooth as possible. Before surgery, you’ll have consultations with your plastic surgeon where he will tell you the best ways to care for your body up to the surgery date. How you prepare your body will greatly affect your recovery, including bruising and swelling. After surgery, you’ll receive more post-op instructions. The most common mistake patients make in the recovery process is rushing along their healing, often because of unreasonable expectations. Your body has just undergone a major operation. It needs time to rest and heal. If you don’t give yourself time, you will increase bruising and swelling and put yourself at risk for hurting yourself even further. 

What does post-operative care look like with Dr. Toriumi? 

Every patient is different, as is post-op care and the healing process. For most of our procedures and patients, you undergo an outpatient procedure and are home the same day. While with us, you will be cared for by a team of expert and compassionate staff. If you are able to go home and have someone there to care for you, Dr. Toriumi will send detailed instructions on how to clean the procedure site and what you need to do to heal best according to your specific situation. 

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