Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
Women and men who want to reshape or reduce the size of their nose
may want to consider rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) surgery.
Rhinoplasty reshapes your nose by: changing its size or shape, removing
a bump, reshaping the tip or bridge, reducing the space between nostrils,
or lifting or lowering the angle of the nose. In some cases, rhinoplasty may
be covered by your insurance if it is performed to help relieve breathing
problems. Your Summit Plastic Surgery surgeon will discuss how you can
achieve your desired results and will answer any questions that you may have.
Rhinoplasty nose reshaping surgery typically takes 1-2 hours.
Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty): Common Questions
Who is a candidate for rhinoplasty surgery?
This procedure is for men and women who wish to change the shape of their nose. A rhinoplasty may reduce the appearance of a bump or ridge, slenderize the nose, narrow a person's nostrils or help turn the tip up or down.
How long will it last?
The surgery will change the look and shape of the nose, however slight changes associated with the normal aging process will continue.
Do you have to change the entire nose?
No, you can do just the area that is of concern. The physician will discuss what is best for your particular situation.
Is the procedure done in the office?
For safety purposes it is performed in a surgical facility as an outpatient. The physicians usually request the procedure to be performed with general anesthesia. You would go home couple of hours after the surgery.
Are there any restrictions after surgery?
Keeping the head elevated is a must the week after surgery. You would need to sleep in a recliner or pile pillows up to keep the head above the heart. You may have packing in the nostrils at least until your first follow up appointment. Lifting will be restricted to a gallon of milk or a six pack of soda for at least a week depending on how you heal. It is important not to raise your heart rate or blood pressure to keep the amount of swelling and bruising to a minimum.
What are the risks or complications?
There is the possibility of bruising, swelling, and possible black eyes. If you are a smoker you must quit for at least two weeks before surgery because of a greater risk of scarring and poor healing.
What kind of results can I expect?
The plan is to make you look as close to your expectations as possible. Some slight asymmetry is always possible.