Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Rhinoplasty , also called plastic surgery of the nose or a "nose job," is a very popular procedure that can make profound differences not only in the balance of facial features, but also in a person’s self-esteem. The aesthetic improvements that a rhinoplasty surgeon can make include decreasing or increasing the size of the nose, altering the tip or bridge of the nose, and narrowing or changing the shape of the nostrils.
Good candidates Nose reshaping candidates should be at least in their mid teens — 14 to 15 for girls, and slightly older for boys. At these ages, the nasal bone has matured and the shape of the nose has stabilized. You may think your nose is too large, too small, too wide or undesirable in some other way. Perhaps your nose was injured in an accident. If you're unhappy or self-conscious about your nose, and have felt this way for a long time, nose surgery may help you feel better about yourself. Of all patients undergoing cosmetic surgery, those who choose nose surgery are among those most pleased with their appearance change. In addition, if you have breathing problems related to your nose's internal structure, rhinoplasty may improve your breathing. All rhinoplasty patients should have realistic expectations for their surgery. It is helpful for the surgeon to know, prior to surgery, what the patient hopes to look like after rhinoplasty, but it is important that those expectations be aligned with what is surgically possible. Before the rhinoplasty surgery, you'll have a chance to discuss your personal goals in detail with your rhinoplasty surgeon.
Risks Every type of surgery has risks, but you can usually help prevent complications by carefully following your physician's instructions. It's important to talk with your plastic surgeon before surgery to be sure you understand the potential risks and complications. If you don't understand something, ask!
The techniques surgeons use for rhinoplasty minimize the risk of scarring. Any scars from closed rhinoplasty will be hidden inside the nose. Scars from open rhinoplasty will be small and difficult to see.
Preparing for rhinoplasty If you smoke, your doctor will ask you to stop one or two weeks before your procedure. He or she may also ask you to discontinue or even start taking certain medications and supplements.
Recovery Each person heals differently, but most people need one to two weeks to recover from rhinoplasty. After surgery, you may have gauze packing in your nose and a splint for a few days until the nose bones stabilize. You'll also see bruising around your eyes and cheeks for one to three weeks. Although you may feel well, you may not want to return to work for a week until the bruises fade. Your doctor will let you know when you can return to your regular exercise routines, but it will probably be two to three weeks until you've healed adequately.
It may be a full year before you see the complete results of nose surgery, because this part of the face heals slowly.