What is a Rhinoplasty (Nasal surgery)?

Alteration of the nasal shape can make many patients feel better about their overall appearance and lead to greater self-confidence. Nasal surgery allows the surgeon to make either small changes in the nasal architecture or large changes, depending on the desires of the patient. During the consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss exactly what changes you desire.

Some patients require straightening of the nasal septum or reduction of the interior architecture to allow better flow of air during breathing. Others want a thinner, more angular nose that is more proportional to the rest of the face. It is normal to have  some swelling, but most patients can return to a normal lifestyle within one to two weeks following surgery.

What to expect:

There are a variety of approaches depending on what you would like corrected. Some patients may what a hump removed on the nose while others want a more narrow tip. The width or prominence of the nostrils, a hanging tip, boxy nose can all be altered depending on your goals. During your consultation, we will formulate a specific plan catering to your needs. Incisions can be placed inside the nose or along the bottom which is hidden well. There will be a combination a suture to remove and some that absorb, your nose may be packed with absorbent gauze or stents, and a splint will be placed over the nose.


You usually go home the same day. You should not blow your nose for the first week after surgery. Most patients will need to keep the splints on for about 5-7 days after surgery. Keeping the head elevated will help with swelling. Visible swelling and bruising usually subside within a few weeks but complete swelling may take longer to completely resolve and up to 6 weeks to 3 months. No exercise for about 1-2 weeks and no heavy lifting. Depending on your profession, you may return to work within 1 week.

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