Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

What is a Rhinoplasty?

A Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. It reshapes, reduces or augments a person’s nose, to remove a hump, narrow nostril width, or change the angle between the nose and the mouth. This corrects 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). Insurance may cover rhinoplasty if for reconstructive or medical reasons, but not for cosmetic purposes.

What should I expect during an rhinoplasty procedure?

Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure using local or general anesthesia and lasts one to two hours. Surgeons use one of two techniques. Either they will make an incision 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.

What should I expect during my rhinoplasty recovery?

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. You can wear contact lenses immediately but you must secure glasses to your forehead or prop them on your cheeks for up to seven weeks. Complications are rare and, when they occur, typically minor. These may include infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to the anesthesia.

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