Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a “nose job,” refers to plastic surgery to correct the appearance and function of the nose. Surgery may be done to improve function (breathing) and to improve facial balance and proportion. During consultation for nasal surgery, the breathing is assessed at a structural level, evaluating the septum, turbinates, and cartilage support. Functional assessment is made of the nasal airway and difficulty breathing. Aesthetic concerns are addressed as they pertain to the bones and cartilage structures. Attention must be given to improving form and function with an eye for overall facial balance and harmony.
Rhinoplasty may treat:
- Size of the nose
- Width of the nose and nostril position
- Nasal hump or depression
- Nasal tip that is wide, drooping, enlarged or upturned
- Nostril asymmetry
- Widened or upturned nostrils
- Deviation of nasal septum
- Nasal airway collapse or obstruction
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery depends on the extent of surgery, particularly the involvement of the nasal bones and internal structures. An external splint may be used to support the nasal bones and control swelling. Internal nasal splints or packing may also be placed for additional support. Bruising of the face and swelling is common. Swelling of the nose is slow to resolve and occurs over several weeks to months before the final result can be fully appreciated.