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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

An Introduction

Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) is a procedure to reshape the nose in order to create a more pleasing look and, in some cases, to correct severe breathing problems. After this procedure you achieve a better facial balance and enhance their overall appearance.

Adults, as well as adolescents whose facial growth is complete, can choose nose surgery for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Bringing a better proportion to the nose and facial features
  • Reducing the size of a nose that is too large or too wide
  • Reforming a crooked or elongated nose tip
  • Restoring the nose if damaged from an accident or sports injury
  • Correcting breathing problems by rebuilding the nasal passage
General Procedure

Rhinoplasty usually involves reshaping of the nose by removing and sculpting the nasal tissues in order to enhance the facial appearance. The results are unique to each individual and depend upon such factors as skin condition and thickness, nasal and facial structure, genetic contributions, and age.

The rhinoplasty procedure lasts from one to three hours.We prefer general anesthesia for this procedure.To begin the surgery, tiny incisions are made that allow the surgeon to access the underlying nasal structure. Once the skin is opened, the cartilage and bone are reshaped to form the basis for the new look.

Recovery

Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and to reduce the recovery time after nose surgery. Some swelling may be noticed; however, it will disappear within a few weeks. A splint, bandages, and/or gauze are applied immediately following surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize movement of the nose.

Patients must refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after their surgery. In addition, any corrective glasses that are worn must be taped up and off the nose. The nose will need to be well-protected from the sun for the first year after the procedure while the body is adjusting to the new look.

Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with rhinoplasty surgery. Pain can be effectively treated with oral medication and/or cold compresses. While complications are rare, you can minimize the risk of potential problems by carefully following the post-surgical directions given by your surgeon.