Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
What is nose
Cosmetic nose reshaping is also known as rhinoplasty. This surgery can change the
of the nose, and also fix some breathing problems. Rhinoplasty involves resculpting
either the bone or cartilage. This procedure can:
Reduce or increase the size of the nose
Narrow the span of the nostrils
Change the angle between the nose and upper lip
Change the tip or bridge of the nose.
Rhinoplasty can be done as a closed or open procedure:
Closed procedure. The surgeon works from inside the nose by making a cut
or incision inside the nose.
Open procedure. The surgeon works from the outside by making a small cut
(incision) across the tissue that divides the nostrils. They extend that incision
up into the nose. This lets the surgeon move the skin to reach the cartilage and
surgery has risks. Rhinoplasty can have many possible complications. Some of them
In rare cases, a second surgery may be needed to fix a minor
defect such as a hole in the nasal septum. Or it may be done if the wound healed
poorly because of the first surgery.
As in any surgery, there is a risk for infection or reaction to the
anesthesia. Nosebleeds can also occur after surgery. You may have numbness, pain,
swelling, and skin discoloration.
Burst blood vessels. Sometimes small blood vessels may
burst, causing tiny red spots on the nose. The spots are often minor in appearance
but can be permanent.
Scarring. With the open
procedure, poor scarring on the base of the nose is possible.
- Trouble breathing
procedure will vary. But nose reshaping surgery generally follows this process:
Locations may include:
Surgeon’s office-based surgical facility
Outpatient surgery center
Anesthesia options may
Local anesthesia with IV (intravenous)
sedation that lets you to stay awake but relaxed
Average length of procedure:
About 2 to3 hours
You will usually be up and around in a few
You will usually return to school or desk work
in a week or so
Your surgeon will provide guidelines for
resuming normal activities
Some possible short-term side
effects of surgery:
A splint may be placed on your nose to help keep the new shape.
Nasal packs or soft plastic splints may be placed in your nostrils to stabilize
Your face will feel puffy.
Your nose may ache.
You may have a dull headache, and swelling or bruising around the eyes.
A little bleeding is normal in the first few days.
Small burst blood vessels may appear as tiny red spots on the skin’s surface.
Healing is slow and gradual. You may have some
swelling for months, especially in the tip of the nose. Final results of nasal
surgery may not be apparent for a year or more.
If you have traditional open surgery, or surgery
to narrow flared nostrils, small scars will be located on the base of your nose.
The scars usually are not noticeable. Scarring is not visible when rhinoplasty is
done from inside the nose.