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Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery is a procedure that reshapes the nose in order to create a more pleasing or refined look.  Rhinoplasty may involve reducing the size of the nose by removing and sculpting the nasal tissues.  Sometimes grafts will be placed to enhance a nasal feature like the tip.   The results are unique to each individual, and depend upon such factors as skin condition and thickness, nasal and facial structure, ethnic contributions, and age.  Major changes or subtle enhancements can be achieved.  In general, having nose surgery provides the patient with a better facial balance and overall appearance.  At times, breathing problems are addressed at the same time as rhinoplasty.  Although performed at the same time, internal and external nasal surgeries are totally separate procedures.  Only occasionally will one surgery affect the other.

The rhinoplasty procedure takes one to three hours to perform.  It is usually done under general anesthesia, but may be done under local anesthesia depending upon the complexity of the operation.

Tiny incisions are made which allow the surgeon to access the underlying nasal structure. This can be done entirely through intranasal incisions (called ‘closed’) or with a small connecting external incision (called ‘open’).  The cartilage and bone are then reshaped accomplish the patients goals.  The nose is then re-inspected and any adjunct procedures that need to be done are performed.  The surgeon will discuss which technique is best at the initial consultation visit.

After surgery a splint is applied to aid in the healing process and to minimize movement of the nose. Patients report minimal pain associated with the surgery. Any discomfort can be effectively treated with oral medication and cold compresses. Some bruising and swelling is usually the results are quite good early but improve greatly over time as the swelling reduces and the details of the new nose become apparent.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk of potential problems by carefully following the post-surgical directions given by the surgeon.