Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a type of plastic surgery that alters the shape of the patient’s nose. It is one of the most common plastic surgeries in the world. Depending on the patient’s needs, rhinoplasty may be performed to change the patient’s nose for aesthetic purposes, to improve breathing, or to achieve both goals.

Rhinoplasty can involve altering the bone (upper portion of the nose), cartilage (lower portion of the nose), skin, or a combination of all three. If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your nose, or if it causes functional issues for you, rhinoplasty is your ideal solution.

The Procedure and What to Expect

Rhinoplasty is, in most cases, an outpatient procedure. This means that you won’t have to spend a night at the hospital and can go home after the surgery is completed.

Your plastic surgeon will use either local anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia in order to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Understanding your options before your procedure is key.

With local anesthesia, you will be sedated but not fully unconscious. You will be numb and won’t be able to feel any pain during the surgery, even if you are aware of what is going on. With general anesthesia, you will be in a state of unconsciousness for the duration of the surgery and will not be aware of anything that is happening.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will make tiny incisions within your nostrils, or if your condition is more complex, they will make an incision across the base of your nose (on the columella). The bone, cartilage, and soft tissue of the nose are then reshaped to achieve your aesthetic and functional goals.

What Is the Recovery Like?

After your rhinoplasty, you will require a period of downtime, since it will take some time for your nose to heal and function normally. Temporary post-surgical bruising and swelling are to be expected.

For the first week or so, you may have to wear a nasal splint to provide support and protection. For most patients, internal dressings will remain in place for up to a week after surgery. During this time, blowing your nose is not recommended.

Make sure to keep your head in a higher position than your chest when you sleep. You may experience some congestion in your nose due to the swelling or the splints.

Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your nose, or if the current structure of your nose is causing issues for you such as breathing problems, then you may be an ideal candidate for a rhinoplasty.

A good candidate must be at least 18 years of age or older. In addition, it is important that you have realistic expectations from the surgery. Always remember to consult your doctor first so that they can guide you and help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Make an Appointment for a Rhinoplasty Consultation

If you wish to opt for rhinoplasty, make sure to consult a skilled and experienced surgeon who will guide you through the entire process – from consultation to recovery. At Anson, Edwards & Higgins Plastic Surgery Associates, our plastic surgeons are well-versed in a variety of procedures and will be happy to help you get the quality results you deserve. Contact us today.