Rhinoplasty procedure is designed to change the shape and appearance of the nose to achieve more desirable, acceptable shape of the nose or to correct post traumatic changes and deformities.
Typically you do not need to wait more than 2 weeks to have reasonable result (although speed of recovery may obviously vary between patients). Your results will improve further over the next several months.
Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) FAQ
How is rhinoplasty done?
The procedure can be performed in two ways: as so-called “closed” or “open” rhinoplasty. The only visible difference between these two types of procedures is the small inconspicuous incision placed on the skin under the nostrils. Otherwise all the incisions are placed intranasally (inside of the nose) and do not leave any noticeable scars. After the soft tissues of the nose and the skin are separated from the underlying framework, the cartilage and the bone that are causing external deformity are altered and reshaped. The procedure takes usually about 1.5 hours and is performed under anesthesia and on outpatient basis.
Can my breathing be improved during the rhinoplasty procedure?
Usually rhinoplasty or nose reshaping does not improve the nasal airway. However a complementing procedure, such as septoplasty, can be performed at the same setting. This operation straightens the nasal septum, improving therefore one’s nasal airway. This part of the procedure is usually covered by the health insurance (if available), as opposed to a cosmetic operation of the nose. Frequently, these two procedures, cosmetic and functional, are combined together.
What is a typical recovery?
After the nasal surgery a dorsal splint (nasal cast) is applied. It is removed within a week. The swelling is mostly gone at this time but some bruises may stay for another week. At this point however, they can be covered easily, if necessary, by camouflage make-up. Pain is usually very minor and well controlled by oral medications. There will be some swelling and stuffiness for several weeks, but patients usually resume their activities after a week.
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