What Is a Rhinoplasty?

Your nose is one of the first facial characteristics people notice about you. If your nose is too large or too small for your face, people notice. Fortunately, your plastic surgeon can reshape and resize your nose with a procedure known as rhinoplasty, also called a nose job.

What You Need To Know About Rhinoplasty

There are many reasons why people choose rhinoplasty. Some of the medical reasons why you might choose rhinoplasty include having:

  • A deviated septum or broken nose
  • Nasal passages that are too narrow
  • Nostrils that are too small

There are also many cosmetic reasons why you might choose rhinoplasty, including:

  • Making your nose smaller or larger
  • Making your nose more proportional to your face
  • Changing the contours and angles of your nose
  • Narrowing your nostrils

A rhinoplasty procedure is typically performed in an operating room while you are under anesthesia or IV sedation. The procedure usually takes between 1 and 2 hours. During your procedure, your plastic surgeon will reshape the bone or cartilage or may add cartilage or bone to change the shape and appearance of your nose.

After your procedure, you will experience some swelling and bruising near your eyes and over your nose. Your plastic surgeon may prescribe pain medication for the first few days after your surgery. You must irrigate your nostrils and airways with a saline spray to keep your nasal passages moist. You may also need an internal or external nasal splint to cushion and support the surgical area and help you heal.

A rhinoplasty may be performed as an individual procedure, or combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures, including a face and neck lift, brow lift, eyelid lift, and others.

Want To Know More About Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty should be performed by a plastic surgeon, so you obtain the best possible result. Talk with an expert to learn more about rhinoplasty and how it can enhance your appearance. Call your plastic surgeon today.

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