Rhinoplasty (nose job) is an operation in which the bones, cartilage, fat, and skin of the nose are trimmed or reshaped to make a better appearance of the nose. Frequently, small incisions are made mostly inside the nose but sometimes in inconspicuous areas on the outside of the nose to produce the desired results.
While rhinoplasty can give a dramatic improvement to the appearance of the nose, patients need to have realistic expectations. Careful pre-operative evaluation needs to be made to inform the patient exactly what can and what cannot be done to improve the nose. If there are problems breathing this can often be improved with a rhinoplasty at the same time.
The operation generally takes 1 ½ – 2 hours and is done as a day stay. A nasal splint is generally worn for 1 week after surgery and black and blue can last for up to 2 weeks. Pain is relatively minimal although the patient will be given pain medication as needed. Return to work is approximately 1 week, for heavy activities started in 4 to 6 weeks.
- Rhinoplasty can produce dramatic changes in the appearance of the nose.
- This improvement can lead to great increase in self-confidence of the patient.
- Realistic evaluation and expectations must be established pre-operatively to what can and what cannot be done.
- Black and blue can last for 2 weeks.