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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

One of the most common plastic surgery procedures, nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) is performed to reshape, reduce or augment a person’s nose, remove a hump, narrow nostril width, change the angle between the nose and the mouth, or to correct injury, birth defects, or other problems that affect breathing. In some patients with breathing difficulties, correction of a deviated septum or enlargement of the turbinates (internal nasal structures designed to heat and humidify the air we breathe, but which can enlarge as a result of allergies and, thereby, obstruct breathing) can be combined with the cosmetic portion of the procedure. Results depend on the patient’s nasal bone and cartilage structure, facial shape, skin thickness and age (teenagers should have had their growth spurt). The procedure may be done in the office or the hospital, depending on personal preference and insurance coverage.

For a short time after surgery you may experience puffiness, nose ache or a dull headache, some swelling and bruising, bleeding or stuffiness. Most patients feel like themselves within two days and return to work in about a week. Contact lenses can be worn immediately but glasses may need to be taped to your forehead or propped on your cheeks for up to several weeks.