Your “nose job” will be precisely customized to ensure you receive a carefully re-designed nose that enhances your face. Your surgeon will consider your face shape, profile, physical features, and cosmetic goals to give you a more harmonious appearance that can boost your confidence. Rhinoplasty surgery can be performed to meet aesthetic goals or for reconstructive purposes to correct birth defects or breathing problems. After surgery, the patient has a straighter bridge, a well defined nasal tip, and an improved angle between the nose and upper lip.
Preparing for Rhinoplasty
Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions to ensure that you are properly prepared for rhinoplasty. You will also receive guidelines on whether you need to avoid certain medications or supplements before and after your treatment.
What to expect during Rhinoplasty
During the consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, you will choose an incision based on the type of reshaping you require. Most commonly, your plastic surgeon will make incisions inside and at the base of the nose. These incisions are tiny and usually become invisible once they’re healed.
Most rhinoplasty procedures only take a few hours and are performed under general anesthesia. Patients can return home the same day with a light dressing and splint over the nose.
Trimming the septum improves the angle between the nose and upper lip. To improve the nasal airway, the shape or position of the septum may be altered. Or, the deviated portion of the septum may be partially removed.
A splint made of tape and an overlay of plastic, metal, or plaster is applied to help the bone and cartilage of the nose maintain their new shape.
Recovery after Rhinoplasty
You will need to wear the nasal splint for a week after the rhinoplasty procedure. Soft nasal packing may also be required and will be removed after 3-5 days. You will likely experience some discomfort for the first 48-72 hours, which can easily be controlled with medication. After 7-10 days, swelling and bruising will subside and you should be able to return to work and normal activities. Any final swelling may take up to six months to resolve.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty
- Remove nasal humps, bumps or bends
- Narrow overly wide nostrils
- Better nose shape & facial balance
- Prominent nose tip is minimized
- Better angle between nose & upper lip
- Improve breathing, air flow & sense of smell
- Higher self-confidence and self-esteem