Rhinoplasty | Nose Surgery

What is a Rhinoplasty | Nose Surgery?

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as nose surgery, is an aesthetic procedure to address several aspects of the nose. This procedure address a patients desire to improve the look of their nose. For those who are unhappy with the shape, size and/or angle of their nose, this procedure can improve all those areas.

Nose surgery is not limited to just improving the look but also can help patients who have difficulty breathing may seek to get a rhinoplasty.

Depending on the need of each patient and desired outcome, the surgical procedure may require the addition of cartilage to adjust the overall look of the nose as well as adding structural support. By adding or removing cartilage and also adjusting the supporting structures, the size and shape of your nose can be increased or reduced and the nose may be shortened or lengthened.

Since every patient is unique, the incisions needed may vary in location. However, all incisions are aimed to be hidden within the contours of the nose. Refinement of the nasal tip, reduction of the nasal “hump” and straightening of the nose, are frequently the goals of this surgery. The soft tissues of the nose, mostly skin, will usually “re-drape” over the bone and cartilage over time, or “shrink” to fit over the new shape of the nose, given it a more refined look.

What to expect from surgery?

Rhinoplasty is usually done under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure.

After discharge from the surgery center:

  • Once home, there should be no bending over, no sleeping with the head lower or even with your heart, no nose blowing, and coughing or sneezing (do so only with your mouth open).
  • Overtly strenuous activities and situations in which the nose could be injured (tennis, volleyball, weight-lifting, running, etc.) must be avoided for six weeks. Even minimal bumps or pressure to the nose can cause the healing nose to be pushed out of place. You will not be able to wear eye glasses, including sunglasses, on your nose for six weeks.
  • When the nasal bones are manipulated during rhinoplasty, an external splint is put in place. These will usually be removed at the first post-op visit in the office about one week after surgery. After these are removed, the nose will almost always swell, as the tape and splint are not in place to inhibit swelling.
  • The inside of the nose is stabilized with internal plastic splints that are about as thick as your fingernail. They are usually removed in the office by the doctor about two weeks after surgery.
  • Some degree of bleeding is expected for the first few days after nasal surgery. A “mustache” dressing is needed to catch any dripping. Significant bleeding is not expected, but if it does occur, medical attention is needed.

Possible complications from surgery

Complications with brachioplasty include but not limited to seroma, paresthesias (numbness) of the arm and wound formation. Although these complications are rare in comparison to other body contouring procedures, they remain a source of morbidity if they occur.