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Rhinoplasty surgery is a popular plastic surgery procedure to change the appearance of your nose. While this is often performed for cosmetic reasons — especially among celebrities — nose jobs can also be undertaken for medical reasons, like to correct breathing problems. The treatment typically involves restructuring, reshaping, or a reduction in size.

As such a prominent part of our face, feeling self-conscious about the shape or size of our nose can be a real confidence killer. Thankfully, rhinoplasty surgery, often referred to as a nose job, provides a straightforward solution. The phenomenon of the nose job has a long history and the popularity of this treatment has increased over recent years.

But, while there are many good reasons for getting a nose job, it’s still a significant procedure to undergo.


You may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty if:

  • Your facial growth is complete
  • You are physically healthy
  • You don’t smoke
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
  • If the patient is over 18,

What should I expect during a consultation for rhinoplasty?

During your rhinoplasty consultation be prepared to discuss:

  • Your surgical goals, with regard to both appearance and breathing
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and previous medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Previous surgeries

Your rhinoplasty surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • The options available to you for nose reshaping
  • Examine and measure your face
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your nose surgery options
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of a nose surgery and any risks or potential complications

The consultation is the time to ask your plastic surgeon questions. To help, we have prepared a checklist of questions to ask your rhinoplasty surgeon that you can take with you to your consultation.

It’s very important to understand all aspects of your rhinoplasty procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.


The edema extending around the nose and around the eyes due to the procedures applied in the operation regresses in about 2 weeks.

The permanent shape of the nose is the state of complete swelling that appears in the 6th month. Stitches placed on the tip of the nose are removed on the 5th day. Silicone supports placed in the nose and on the back of the nose are removed 1 week after the operation.


  •  Numbness
  •  Nosebleeds
  •  Scarring at the base of the nose
  •  Swelling
  •  Nerve damage
  • Under or overcorrection, which can result in the need for a revision rhinoplasty

What results should I expect after rhinoplasty?

The results of rhinoplasty surgery will be long-lasting. While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine. During this time you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome.

As your body ages, it is natural to have some gradual changes to your face including your nose. But most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

A healthy lifestyle and life-long sun protection will help extend the results of your new appearance.

Next: Before and After Photos


What is rhinoplasty or nose reshaping?

  “Rhino” means nose and “plasty” means to shape, mold, or form. Rhinoplasty was the fifth most common procedure performed by plastic surgeons in 2012, according to the latest statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Many plastic surgeons feel rhinoplasty is the most artistic and difficult cosmetic surgical procedure. With a rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon makes three-dimensional changes that instantly alter other areas of the nose.

Who is a candidate for rhinoplasty?

  Candidates for rhinoplasty should be in good health, should not smoke, and should be of an age where their facial growth and development are complete. Some patients choose to have rhinoplasty to enhance their facial appearance, while others may benefit from rhinoplasty procedures that improve nasal, breathing, and other health functions.

What happens after rhinoplasty surgery?

At the conclusion of the procedure, a long-acting numbing agent is used to ensure the patient leaves the surgery center pain-free. A splint is usually placed on the nose for one week. The nose will be noticeably swollen for several days and should not be blown. Half of all rhinoplasty patients have some bruising. It may take up to a year or even longer before all minor traces of swelling disappear, but the nose will feature an enhanced appearance by the time the splint is removed after surgery.

What are the risks and limitations of rhinoplasty?

  The biggest limitation with rhinoplasty is thick skin, as this is difficult to shrink and conform to the underlying framework of the nasal structure. A surgeon can only do so much with a large nose if the skin will not contract. Risks of rhinoplasty include infection, postoperative nose bleeds, numbness, swelling, the possible collapse of the nose, external scarring, fullness, residual deformity, and holes inside the septal area of the nose.