Rhinoplasty is a procedure to correct structural concerns or to enhance the appearance of your nose, making it more in proportion to your face.
Most rhinoplasty procedures are for cosmetic purposes. However, the procedure can also be valuable in the wake of an injury resulting in a change in shape or damage to internal structures which may affect breathing. Reconstructive procedures to correct such problems are usually done in a hospital setting and may be covered by insurance carriers. Other procedures can be done at the same time, for your chin and cheekbones, to optimize facial proportions and harmony.
HOW IT WORKS
Usually, rhinoplasty procedures are done under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. Some patients with more extensive airway problems may require general anesthesia. Rhinoplasty surgery takes approximately 90 minutes. More complicated reconstructive procedures may take longer.
After the surgery, you will have an external nasal splint and cool compresses over your eyes. You will be able to go home shortly after the procedure.
The first day after surgery, any discomfort may be controlled with pain medication. Five to seven days later your splint will be removed and you will have an idea of your final result. Many patients return to work as early as three to four days. You should be able to resume full exercise routines within four to six weeks.
IS RHINOPLASTY RIGHT FOR YOU?
There are age considerations with rhinoplasty surgery. Usually surgery will not be done until age 15 for girls and 16 for boys, when facial bones have completed growth. It’s important to remember that the nose continues to grow and change in shape as we age. There is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty.
Learn More About Rhinoplasty
If you’d like to learn more about rhinoplasty, please watch our educational video below. Just select the procedure from the dropdown video menu below. You can also learn more about rhinoplasty from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is also a good source of information about rhinoplasty. Dr. Carney is a member of both medical societies.
Individual results may vary.