Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. During a rhinoplasty, the surgeon is able to reshape, reduce or augment a patient’s nose for cosmetic, and sometimes functional, purposes. A rhinoplasty may be performed to correct a birth defect, to repair an injury, to improve breathing or simply to improve a patient’s appearance.
Candidates for rhinoplasty should be at least 14 years old since it is important that patients have finished their facial growth before proceeding with this surgery. Patients considering rhinoplasty should be in overall good health, should not be smokers, and should have realistic expectations about the outcome. Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia and takes from 1 to 2 hours.
Immediately after surgery there is little pain, but the patient’s nose and eyes are usually bruised and swollen. A waterproof external plastic splint will be worn on the nose for a few days. Our board-certified plastic surgeon seldom utilizes packing. Most patients are able to return to regular activities in about a week. During recovery, the rhinoplasty patient should refrain from strenuous exercise, protect from the sun and avoid nose blowing, vigorous tooth-brushing or any activity that puts pressure on the nose.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved in a rhinoplasty, including excessive bleeding and adverse reaction to anesthesia. Occasionally, a patient may be dissatisfied with the cosmetic results of the operation and a second surgery, called a revision rhinoplasty, may be desired. For most patients, however, a rhinoplasty is an uncomplicated procedure with pleasing results.
In order to fully appreciate the final result of a rhinoplasty, the patient must allow for many months — up to a year — for the skin and soft tissues to fully adjust to the new shape.Back to Top