Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery)

Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery)

Rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, is one of the most common procedures performed today. It can reshape, reduce or augment a person’s nose to achieve facial harmony and boost self-confidence. It may be performed as a reconstructive procedure to correct a birth defect or an injury such as a broken nose.


Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery) may be performed for functional rather than cosmetic reasons as well.

Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery) is an excellent procedure for achieving the following:

  • Balance the size of the nose with the other facial features
  • Modify the width of the nose at the bridge
  • Improve the nasal profile, including removing humps or depressions
  • Contour a nasal tip that is too large, “boxy,” drooping or upturned
  • Change the angle between the nose and the mouth
  • Narrow and reshape the nostrils
  • Correct asymmetry or deviation

The best candidates for rhinoplasty (nasal surgery):

  • Have finished facial growth
  • Are generally healthy
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic goals for the procedure


  • Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) is usually an outpatient procedure performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
  • In a closed rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), incisions are made within the nostrils.
  • In an open rhinoplasty, the incision is made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils.
  • The doctor gently lifts the soft tissues covering the nose.
  • The doctor sculpts the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. Any additional cartilage needed to augment the nose can often be taken from the septum, ear or rib.
  • If the patient has a deviated septum, the surgeon will adjust the septum and the inner structures of the nose to improve breathing. Then the tissues are re-draped and stitched closed.

Recovery and Results

  • For a short time after surgery, patients may experience puffiness, nose ache or a dull headache, some swelling and bruising, bleeding or stuffiness.
  • Most patients feel like themselves within two days and return to work in about a week.
  • The results of rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) become gradually apparent as the days pass after surgery and swelling recede.
  • Swelling may reappear from time to time in the first year after the procedure. It is typically more noticeable in the morning and fades during the day.
  • The exact results depend on the patient’s nasal bone and cartilage structure, facial shape, skin thickness, and age.


  • Complications associated with rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) are rare and, when they occur, minor. These may include infection or a nosebleed.
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