Rhinoplasty FAQs

istock 1216169582Have you been considering a nose job (also known as “rhinoplasty”)? If so, you are not alone. Rhinoplasty is a very common procedure, which makes perfect sense – the nose is one of the first things people notice, and if you aren’t happy with yours it can make you insecure and self-conscious. However, you may have a few questions about rhinoplasty. Read on for answers to common rhinoplasty questions.

What can rhinoplasty do?

Rhinoplasty may be used to create a more symmetrical appearance; change the angle, size, or shape of the nose; straighten a bump on the nose; or improve nostril appearance. It can also be used to correct a deviated septum, improve breathing, or help to repair the nose after an injury.

What can I expect during rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can be done in about 2 hours, under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. It is an outpatient procedure, and you should ask a friend to drive you home afterwards and stay with you the first day after surgery.

What are “open” and “closed” rhinoplasty?

“Open” rhinoplasty is a procedure that involves a small incision under the nose and between the nostrils and incisions inside the nose. In “closed” rhinoplasty, incisions are only made inside the nose. The open technique is used for more complex cases, such as after a nose injury. For minor changes, the closed technique may be used. Your doctor will be able to decide which technique will be best for you.

Will the procedure and recovery period be painful?

You will be given anesthesia during the procedure and won’t feel pain. After the procedure you may have a headache and your nose will be bruised and swollen, which should go away in about two weeks. You should feel back to normal within a few days and you should be able to return to your normal activities in about a week.

If you have more questions about rhinoplasty, the experts at 22 Plastic Surgery in Cottonwood Heights or Salt Lake City, Utah, will be happy to answer them for you, or you can schedule a consultation. Call (801) 937-9650 today!