Rhinoplasty is surgery to change the size or shape of your nose. It is also called a nose job. This procedure is usually used to make the nose smaller or to narrow it. But it can also make the nose larger or help you breathe better.
Rhinoplasty can be done to change the way the bridge or tip of your nose looks. It can correct bumps or other problems. It can also change how your nostrils look.
In many cases, rhinoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.
Some possible complications of rhinoplasty include:
In some cases, you may not be happy with the results of your rhinoplasty. You may need to have another procedure to correct any problems.
You should not have rhinoplasty until you are an adult and your bones have stopped growing.
You may have other risks that are unique to you. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider before surgery.
The surgeon will examine your nose and face at a meeting called a consultation. This meeting will give you a chance to discuss how you would like your nose to look. Your surgeon will also explain the results you can realistically expect from the surgery.
The surgeon will probably take photos of your face at this meeting.
Rhinoplasty is often done in an outpatient facility or in a plastic surgeon’s office.
You may be given a general anesthesia medicine that puts you into a deep sleep. Or your nose area may be numbed with a local anesthesia medicine and you will have IV (intravenous) sedation to make you feel sleepy. Talk with your surgeon about the type of anesthesia that is best for you.
You can usually go home the same day you have the procedure. With more extensive surgeries, an overnight hospital stay might be needed.
Generally, rhinoplasty follows this process:
After the rhinoplasty surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area where nurses will watch you until you have recovered from the anesthesia. Once you are alert and stable, and can take fluids well by mouth, you will be able to go home.
It’s important to follow all your surgeon's instructions and keep all your follow-up appointments. This way you can discuss any questions or concerns as they come up. Your splint and nasal dressings will be removed at one of these visits.
During the first few days after surgery, you will likely feel sore and have trouble breathing through your nose. Your face may look swollen and bruised for a short time after the surgery. You may have headaches.
Your surgeon will give you medicine to relieve pain. Follow his or her instructions for taking any pain medicines or disease-fighting medicines (antibiotics).
At first, your nose may not look like you thought it would. The swelling and bruising will go away as you heal. Final results may not be seen for up to 1 year.
Follow your surgeon’s instructions on what types of foods to eat. You should be able to go back to a normal diet if your body can handle it.
You will slowly be able to go back to your normal activities over a few days. You may need to wait a few weeks before returning to physical activities. Ask your surgeon when it is safe to return to work or go back to certain activities.
For the first few days after the procedure, you should rest as much as possible. You may need to keep your head elevated at first. You should also:
Call your surgeon if you have any of the following:
Before you agree to the test or the procedure make sure you know: