For cosmetic or reconstructive purposes, nasal surgery (also known as rhinoplasty) reshapes the nose. A physician can change the size of the nose, change the shape of the tip or bridge of the nose, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and upper lip. In some cases, nasal surgery can be used to correct a birth defect or relieve breathing problems.

Do I Need a Consultation for  a Rhinoplasty?

face (5)A detailed consultation with a plastic surgeon is essential to ensure patient satisfaction. It is critical for the patient to clearly describe his or her desired outcome. The surgeon can then evaluate factors such as face and nose structure, and set expectations accordingly.

Dr. Thomas performs this procedure at the hospital or surgical center, usually on an outpatient basis. Following surgery, the patient’s face will feel puffy and the nose may ache. Healing after nasal surgery is slow and gradual. Bed rest is recommended for the first full day after surgery, with most activity resuming within approximately one week. Swelling will subside in about two weeks, but the final result can take several months to appreciate.

This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to render medical advice.

For more information please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.