Rhinoplasty is any procedure performed to reshape the nose. Our plastic surgeons can enlarge the nose or make it smaller, augment or realign the nose bridge and tip, correcting most types of injuries and birth defects.
The overall idea is to sculpt your nose so that it fits in well with your other facial features. Often, a patient wants a rhinoplasty procedure because their nose does not blend in with their face. Patients might feel their nose is too big, too crooked, etc.
The vast majority of procedures are conducted through the nostrils – so there are never any visible scars. Sometimes, an “open nose” procedure must be done. This means a small incision is made, usually directly underneath where the nostril bridge touches the face.
Recovery time takes anywhere from one to three weeks. Most patients take about one week off from work and social activities. There will be some initial soreness and swelling, but in a few weeks your nose will be fully functional and pleasing. Most patients find that rhinoplasty improves the appearance of their entire face and are extremely happy with the results!
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The procedure itself varies depending on what needs to be accomplished. Your plastic surgeon will explain this all to you in more detail during your consultation.
Often, a patient’s nose is aesthetically unappealing because it does not achieve a balance with the rest of the patient’s face. Rhinoplasty helps harmonize your nose in with the rest of your features. This can involve size reduction, straightening, and more. It all depends on your nose and your face. Your plastic surgeon will explain to you what can be specifically improved and what sort of results you can realistically expect.