Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure performed to reshape the nose. This procedure can be done for cosmetic or functional reasons. In the case of cosmetic rhinoplasty, the goal is to improve the appearance of the nose by changing its shape, size, or symmetry. Functional rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is done to improve breathing by correcting structural abnormalities in the nose.
During a rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon may make incisions inside the nostrils or on the outside of the nose to access the cartilage and bone underneath. They can then reshape the nose by removing or adding tissue, or repositioning the cartilage and bone. The procedure can take several hours, and patients may need to stay in the hospital overnight depending on the extent of the surgery.
Recovery from rhinoplasty can take several weeks, and patients may experience swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes. Pain and discomfort can be managed with medication, and patients will need to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks after the procedure. It can take several months for the nose to fully heal and for the final results of the surgery to become visible.
Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that requires significant skill and experience on the part of the surgeon. It is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with a proven track record of successful rhinoplasty procedures. Patients should also have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery and be prepared to follow post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a successful outcome.