Nose Job

Reshaping the nose can significantly enhance your facial appearance by creating a more balanced and pleasing profile. The rhinoplasty procedure is completely customized to uniquely compliment your face to achieve the most natural appearance.

What a nose job can do for you
  • Smooth away a hump on your bridge.
  • Lift a droopy tip.
  • Widen or narrow your nostrils.
  • Straighten a crooked nose (deviated septum).
  • Reduce the overall size of your nose.
Are you a candidate for a nose job?

A nose job may be for you if you say yes to any of the following:

  • You are in good health.
  • You have realistic expectations about what the surgery will accomplish.
  • You have a bump on your nasal bridge which can be seen from the profile.
  • Your nose appears too large for your face.
  • Your nose seems too wide when viewed from the front.
  • The nasal tip drops downward.
  • The tip of the nose is thick or enlarged.
  • Your nostrils are excessively wide.
  • Your nose is deformed or appears crooked.
  • A previous injury made your nose asymmetrical.
Your surgery

Within the typical two-hour procedure, the skin of your nose is separated from the supporting framework (bone and cartilage) in order to sculpt the desired shape. The incisions are done on the inside of the nose so scarring is not visible.

During the open procedure, a small incision is made in the columella skin to pull back and reveal the bone and cartilage. The sculpting depends on your desired end result. Once completed, the skin is re-draped over the re-shaped framework and secured with sutures.

After the procedure is complete, a splint is applied to the bridge of the nose to help maintain the new shape.

Your recovery

While discomfort is minimal, some swelling and bruising will occur as a result from surgery and may increase the first two to three days. Most of this will dissipate after 10 days. Applying ice and taking a mild pain reliever will help with relief. It is also recommended that you keep your head elevated for the first 24 hours just to ease the swelling and bruising.

After six days, the splint is removed and a little bit of bleeding is not irregular as a result from surgery. You may also experience some nasal congestion the first few weeks.

When you can get back to work

You will probably be able to return to work after one week.

When you can get back to the gym

Strenuous activity is not recommended for two to three weeks and contact sports are not recommended for up to six weeks.

Your results

Once you've fully recovered, your nose will look more proportionate and balanced with the rest of your facial features.

Complications and risks associated with a nose job
  • Infection
  • Excessive bruising
  • Pain
  • Under or over correction
  • Sensitivity

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Article credits

  • Reviewed By:Dr.MichaelGartner
  • Place:3 Winslow Pl, Paramus, NJ, US, 07652
  • Created: 10 May 2015
  • Published: 10 May 2015
  • Last Modified: 26 Sep 2015
  • Reviewed: 19 May 2015

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