What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (also referred to as a nose job, nose reshaping, and nose refinement) is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose. It can correct a variety of concerns, including a visible bump on the nasal bridge, a droopy or enlarged nasal tip, a nose that’s off-center or crooked, or asymmetry due to a previous injury. In some instances, rhinoplasty may also correct breathing problems.

The procedure can change the nose size in relation to the rest of the face, the width of the bridge, the appearance of humps or depressions, the position of the nasal tip, the size of the nostrils, and asymmetry.

How is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?

There are a variety of techniques that may be used for Rhinoplasty, depending on the specific concerns and the desired outcome of the patient. The two main incision approaches are the Closed and the Open approach.

For a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside the nasal passages. Because these incisions are hidden, they are invisible after surgery. The closed approach allows for a more treatment of the nasal structures and is best suited when minimal tip alteration is necessary.

For an open rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside the nasal passages, as well as a small access incision on the underside of the nose across the columella (the narrow portion between the nostrils). The open rhinoplasty approach fully opens the nose, providing better visualization of the nasal structures and allowing for a more extensive and precise surgical correction.

Our Rhinoplasty procedures are performed in our San Diego AAAASF accredited facility, usually under general anesthesia.

Recovery and Healing from Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)

Recovery from rhinoplasty can take up to three weeks before all regular activities may be resumed, however, most patients return to work and light activities within 7-10 days.

An external cast or splint is often placed. Nasal packing is rarely used. The cast or splint is usually removed in one week. External sutures are removed in one week. Internal sutures dissolve. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication.

The majority of swelling and bruising subsides progressively over 2-4 weeks. However, some residual swelling can persist for up to 6-12 months.

Early results are evident when the splint is removed. Final results may take 6-12 months. Patients are generally very pleased by 4 weeks.

Common Concerns with Rhinoplasty Procedure

What will my nose surgery incisions and scars be like?

The open rhinoplasty approach fully opens the nose, but the small scar at the base of the nose is barely visible once it heals. The closed approach eliminates the visible scar at the base of the nose.

How long will the results last?

The results of rhinoplasty are permanent, so it is important that the patient has clear aesthetic goals when this procedure is planned. Rhinoplasty should only be performed on a nose that has finished growing; complete development has usually occurred by age 16 for women and 18 for men. If rhinoplasty is performed before development is complete, continued growth can change the outcome of the surgery and cause potential problems and complications.

Other options and information on Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)

Chin Augmentation is sometimes recommended to help balance the facial profile.

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