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Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that's used to reshape the nose. Ideally, a rhinoplasty procedure helps achieve better balance among all the facial features to create more pleasing aesthetics. Rhinoplasty is more typically called a “nose job.”
Rhinoplasty may be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation and it's usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Incisions will be made in your nose so the doctor can reach the underlying tissues. Depending on the reshaping, bone or cartilage may be removed or some tissue may be added before the skin is placed back in position. Once the incisions are closed, a splint will be applied to support your nose while it heals.
After surgery, your face will be swollen and the areas around your eyes and nose will be bruised. You can use cold compresses to help reduce the swelling, and pain relievers will help you manage any discomfort you may have. Keeping your head elevated, even while you sleep, during the first few days after your procedure can help make swelling resolve faster. About a week after your surgery, the splint will be removed from your nose. The swelling and bruising usually take about two weeks to disappear.
Most patients are able to return to work after about a week, but many choose to take two weeks off so the bruising is reduced.
Yes and no. You can certainly have input in how your nose will look after surgery, and you should share your expectations with your doctor. However, you should also know that your anatomy will impose some limitations on how your nose will ultimately look. Patients expectations are a big part of satisfaction after surgery so if you have specific ideas of what you want, be sure to discuss those expectations with your doctor well in advance of any surgery.
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