A rhinoplasty, or nasal reshaping, is a very popular type of plastic surgery in which the nose can be reshaped, augmented or reduced in order to give the patient the nose they desire. A rhinoplasty can be performed in order to correct a birth defect or to fix a nose after it has been broken. Other reasons to have a rhinoplasty include:
- Alter the angle between the upper lip and the nose
- Contour the tip of the nose
- Correct blocked nasal airways due to a deviated septum or another issue with the airway
- Create a balance with the size of the nose with the other facial features
- Modify the width of the bridge of the nose
- Narrow or reshape the nostril
- Remove any bumps, humps or depressions
A rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure that is performed under either IV sedation or general anesthesia. After the procedure, patients may experience some minor swelling in their nose and cheeks and there may be some mild discomfort in the nose or some patients may experience a dull headache. Patients may also notice some bruising under their eyes. A splint may be used in order to provide the nose with protection and some patients may have packing in their nasal airway for up to two days following the procedure.
Patients can usually return to work within 7-10 days and only after the splint and any sutures have been removed. 3-4 weeks after the procedure, patients can start to lightly exercise and more rigorous exercise should not begin for at least 6 weeks following the procedure.