Why should I have a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, can be used to correct defects in the shape of the nose, damage to the nose, or even in some cases correct a deviated septum.  If you have a deviated septum, you may also be a candidate for a septoplasty.

A rhinoplasty can be used to:

  • make the nose more proportional to the rest of the face
  • alter the width of the nose at the bridge and/or nostrils
  • remove any humps or depressions
  • correct the angle of the tip of the nose
  • create symmetry

What to Expect

The Procedure
Prior to beginning the procedure, IV sedation or general anesthesia will be used to make you comfortable.  Once under sedation, depending on the type of rhinoplasty, the surgeon will make incisions on the outside of the nose, the inside of the nose, or both.  The skin around the nose will then be raised allowing the surgeon to reshape the cartilage to the desired contour, either by removing or adding via a cartilage graft procedure.  The flap is then returned and any incisions are stitched closed.

Post-Op Recovery
During the last portion of the procedure, the plastic surgeon will place a splint or other supportive device on the inside and outside of your nose to protect the procedure and give it support. This will remain for 7-10 days.

Most of the bruising and swelling should be greatly reduced within three weeks and most will be completely gone within two months. A rhinoplasty may seem to become more refined even up to a year after the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are there risks with a rhinoplasty?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks.  Typical surgical risks of infection & adverse reaction to anesthesia can occur.  Along with these, you may desire additional changes to the contour of your nose as it continues to refine over time leading to additional procedures.

What is a typical recovery time?
You can typically resume normal activity around two weeks and vigorous activity after four weeks.  The surgeon will give you a more accurate timeline during post-operative visits.

Do you have more post-operative information?
We provide all of our patients with the post operative instructions for their procedure.  If you would like to download a copy, you can do so under our patient downloads section.