The nose is a very prominent facial feature. Any deviation from a “normal” size, shape and position can disrupt the proportionality and aesthetic of the face. It is very common to seek surgery to repair the nose after an injury, to correct breathing problems, or to improve the overall appearance of the nose.
A rhinoplasty is done to alter the shape, size and position of the nose. Bone and cartilage can be removed, added and shaped to achieve a more desirable proportion. If you wish to correct a deviated septum or improve nasal breathing, a septorhinoplasty should be performed.
A rhinoplasty involves shaving and shaping the cartilage and bone into an ideal position. Incisions are made under the nose or inside the nostril, so scarring will not be visible on the face and will fade in time. Different methods to a rhinoplasty depend on the extent of the surgery and desired outcome, and will be provided by your surgeon during your consult.
For the first two weeks after surgery, the patient should avoid large groups of people, hot baths and physical activity. Although recovery time varies among individuals, patients can expect to resume normal activities within 2-3 weeks after surgery. It may take a few months for swelling to completely settle, although swelling should significantly decrease after the first three weeks.
When to consider a rhinoplasty:
• Unsatisfied with size, shape or position of nose
• Previous nose injury needs correction
• Breathing problems due to irregularities inside your nose
Other cosmetic procedures that may be performed with a rhinoplasty include:
• Otoplasty (ear surgery)
• Neck lift
• Performed under general anesthesia
• Outpatient procedure