Surgery of the nose, or Rhinoplasty, can accomplish a variety of things. It can reduce the overall size of the nose, improve the tip, remove a bump, narrow or widen the width, improve the angle between the nose and the upper lip, or improve obstructions inside the nose that cause breathing problems. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today but it is regarded by the experts in the field to be the most difficult. The technical skill and experience of the surgeon and his complete understanding of the details of nasal anatomy, physiology, and facial aesthetics is imperative. The surgeon must also be able to predict the changes that will result from the alteration of each anatomic element of the nose. Rhinoplasty can also be performed in conjunction with reconstructive nasal-septal surgery to relieve obstructions that may impair breathing.
Monitored anesthesia with intravenous sedation is the anesthesia of choice and is administered by the anesthetist.
A splint is applied to the outside of the nose to help retain the new shape while the nose heals. Your face will feel puffy, especially the first day after surgery. Some swelling and bruising of the nose can be expected, but usually subsides within the first few days, and the bruising is gone within 7 to 10 days at which time most patients return to work and many of their normal activities.