A nose that doesn’t complement your facial appearance can be a huge source of anxiety. You may have been born with a natural defect in your nasal appearance, or trauma to the nose could have affected your nasal aesthetic. Restoring a pleasing facial balance helps many patients feel more comfortable with their appearance. Rhinoplasty is designed to correct physical and functional abnormalities of the nose. Incisions may be confined to the inside of the nose, referred to as closed rhinoplasty, or may an involve an additional small incision under the tip of the nose, referred to as open rhinoplasty.
Once the incisions are made, the skin of the nose is separated from the underlying bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then sculpted to the desired shape and the skin is redraped over the new framework and the incision is closed. Some discomfort can occur during the first couple of days after surgery and pain medication may be prescribed. Bruising may also occur and should fade so that you feel comfortable enough in social situations by around the tenth day after surgery. Swelling is also common and can take months to fully fade. Patients are typically able to return to work within one to two weeks.