It's commonly assumed that a rhinoplasty is only used to reduce overall nose size. Although this procedure does that in many cases, it's far from being the only use for rhinoplasty. This type of surgery can widen or narrow the nasal bridge, eliminate bumps or depressions, change the tip of the nose, improve overall nose symmetry, and much more. Rhinoplasty can help a patient get a nose that is not only beautiful, but is also ideally suited for their specific face.
In most cases, a rhinoplasty procedure is a quick one, lasting around 1-2 hours on average.
In an open rhinoplasty, an incision is created across the tissue separating the nostrils. The skin is then peeled back so the surgeon can reshape the bone, cartilage, and tissue. Once the reshaping is complete, the skin is re-draped and the incision is sutured. In a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made internally, as the surgeon works within the nostrils. Closed rhinoplasty allows less access to the bone, cartilage, and tissues so it's best for less extensive changes. Our surgeons discuss both options with the patient to determine which method is best for the desired result.
After the rhinoplasty, patients wear a nasal splint for 5-8 days, and nasal packing is often used to help alleviate swelling and bleeding. The packing is removed the day after the surgery. It's common to feel stuffed up following the surgery, so decongestants can alleviate this issue. Pain is well managed with prescribed or over the counter medicines, but most people feel better after around 48 hours. Cold compresses can also help with swelling. The nose may be noticeably swollen for around 2 weeks, but it can take up to a full year for the nose to heal completely. Some patients develop bruises under the eyes, as well. Patients have to sleep on their backs to avoid damaging their nose after a rhinoplasty. Most patients are able to return to work within around 10 days following a rhinoplasty.