Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to repair or reshape the nose. It can make your nose larger or smaller, straighten the bridge, reshape the tip, narrow the opening of the nostrils, and change the angle between your nose and upper lip. It can also be used to correct defects resulting from trauma or birth, and may be used to help individuals with breathing difficulties. It is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, and offers excellent results.
It is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, and offers excellent results.
Rhinoplasty can be performed using either local or general anesthesia. The procedure typically takes 1-2 hours, but may last longer and require a short hospital stay if the surgery is complex. The surgeon will make an incision inside the nostrils and either remove bone and cartilage or augment it with tissue, depending on the procedure. Afterwards, a splint is placed on the outside of the nose to maintain its shape, and nasal packing may be placed in the nostrils to provide extra support.
After Your Surgery
Usually, you’ll return home the same day as your surgery, unless you’re having a more complicated procedure. Your doctor will have you rest in bed with your head elevated above your chest to reduce swelling and bleeding, and you’ll be asked to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks. Dressings may remain in place for up to a week, depending on how quickly you heal. Your face will be puffy, and you’ll likely experience some minor bruising and numbness around your eyes and nose for several days or longer. Cold compresses and ice packs can be used to relieve pain and swelling. Full recovery takes several weeks, and final results might not be complete for a year.