A Guide to Rhinoplasty

Commonly, referred to as a Nose Job, Rhinoplasty is one of the most common in plastic surgery. Its objective is mainly to resize or reshape the nose. This is achieved by modifying the cartilage or the bone.  It is a relatively safe procedure which can have a huge impact on overall facial appearance. Since the nose is a central and prominent feature of your face, you most likely want it to be perfect. A Rhinoplasty procedure can help you get the nose of your dreams.

The Reasons

Why would someone decide to get a nose job? Most people who get a nose job are either trying to get it back into shape after an injury or just not happy with the way their nose appearance. Other reasons could include correcting breathing problems or congenital disability.

Possible changes that a rhinoplasty procedure can make to your nose include a change in size, change in angle, straightening the bridge, tip reshaping and narrowing of the nostrils.

Unless it is an emergency procedure like after an injury or to correct breathing problems, it is advised that you wait until your nasal bone is fully developed. For girls, you need to wait until you are 15 years old if you are attempting to improve your facial appearance with a nose job.

The Risks

Any surgery has its risks, for Rhinoplasty, it is bleeding, infection or an adverse reaction to anesthesia. It could also lead to breathing difficulties, a numb nose, scars and an asymmetrical nose. On some occasions, patients are not satisfied with the outcome of the surgery. For another surgery, you will have to wait for about a year. However, the success of a nose job can only be judged after a year period. It is because nose job results can take a while to show.

Nose Job  Preparation

An honest talk with your surgeon is where it all begins. You will explain why you want the surgery and what you hope to accomplish. You will be examined on your medical history and current medications to judge whether you are a suitable candidate for a Nose job procedure. If you are diagnosed with hemophilia, an excessive bleeding disorder your surgeon will advise against any elective surgery. A physical exam will determine what changes can be made to your nose.

Many people go for a nose job also get a chin augmentation surgery. A surgeon will make consideration of whether an additional surgery can be done along with rhinoplasty. Photos of your nose will be taken for assessment of the results and may be used for reference during surgery.

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty is commonly not covered by your insurance, so it’s important that you clearly understand its costs.

In weeks before the surgery, you should avoid painkillers, alcohol and anti-inflammatory medication. Not adhering to this will make you bleed more because these substances slow down your blood clot.

Cigarettes should also be avoided since they also slow down the healing.

The Procedure

It can take place at the doctor’s office, an outpatient surgical facility or the hospital. Your doctor will likely use anesthesia. A simple procedure will involve getting a shot of anesthesia on your nose. The anesthesia will numb your nose as a counter for pain. Medication through an IV line will make you feel groggy, but you won’t lose consciousness.

For complex procedures, you will be given general anesthesia that will make you lose consciousness. A surgeon will start the procedure by making cuts inside or between your nostrils. Your skin will be separated from the bone and cartilage before reshaping begins.

Extra cartilage needed will to taken from deeper inside your nose or from your ear if the need arises. Extra one could also be added to the nose. Rhinoplasty normally takes one or two hours, however, if it’s a complex one it could take a little longer.


A splint, usually metal is placed on your nose after surgery. It is to maintain your nose shape while it’s healing. Nasal packs can also be placed in your nostrils for septum stabilization.

You will have to be placed in a recovery room for a few hours of monitoring after undergoing a Rhinoplasty procedure. If all is well, you can leave later that day. You might need someone to drive you home, because of the anesthesia in your system. A complicated procedure might force you to stay in the hospital for a whole day or two.

Keep your head raised and elevated to avoid swelling and bleeding. If your nose is swollen or filled with a pack, you will likely feel congested. You may be required to leave the dressings and splint on for even a week after the surgery. Your stitches may be absorbable or non-absorbable, if it’s the latter, you might need to see your doctor again for the stitch removal, a week after surgery.

Medications side effects

Most drugs have side effects. The ones taken for a Rhinoplasty procedure are no exception. Their side effects include;

  • slow reaction time
  • impaired judgment
  • .Memory lapse

It is a good idea to have a trusted friend or relative stay with you on the first night after surgery.

Things to Avoid                

You won‘t be advised to engage in the following activities post-surgery until the surgeon approves it;

  • Swimming
  • Excessive chewing
  • Blowing your nose
  • Pulling cloth over your head
  • Brushing your teeth vigorously
  • Any facial expressions that require a lot of movement




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