Located right in the middle of the face, noses are dominant features that attract attention. When your nose doesn’t ‘fit’ your face, a rhinoplasty can be performed to reshape the nose and achieve a more attractive and proportional effect. An effective rhinoplasty will enhance the overall symmetry and harmony of your facial features, making you feel more confident in your appearance.
Depending on your facial shape and characteristics, your surgery may involve reducing the size of the nose, changing the profile, narrowing the bridge, reshaping the tip, sliming the nostrils, or improving the symmetry of this prominent feature.
A rhinoplasty can offer a subtle improvement or a dramatic change, depending on the specific treatment you decide to undergo. Sometimes, a slight adjustment is all that’s needed to restore harmony to your facial features. In other instances, the change is more immediately noticeable.
Your results will be permanent, although it can take several months for post-surgical swelling to subside, and your nose may continue to “settle” into its ultimate shape for up to a year.
During rhinoplasty, the surgeon will first make incisions to gain access to the bones and cartilage that support the nose. These incisions are usually invisible, as they’re made inside the nose. Depending on the specific results you wish to achieve, the surgeon may remove bone and cartilage to reduce the size of your nose, or they may add volume in places with synthetic filler or cartilage taken from another part of your body.
After the surgeon has reshaped the nose and smoothed the skin and tissue into place, a splint is applied to the outside of your nose, and gauze may be used to pack the inside in order to support and protect the nose while it heals.
Immediately after surgery, you’ll need someone to take you home and care for you during the first 24 hours. The surgical packing inside your nose will be removed within 48 hours, and the splint can be removed within a week. You will notice bruising under the eye area during the first few days. This is common and within 5-7 days the darkness will subside and you can apply cover-up to hide any remaining discoloration.
You may be taking pain medicine during this time if your surgeon recommends it. It can take 10-14 days for the swelling and bruising to subside, so plan on taking at least a couple of weeks off work.
No surgery is risk-free, and rhinoplasty is no different. However, if you are in good health, this is a relatively low-risk procedure. Your risks may include: