Rhinoplasty commonly referred to as a “nose job” is surgery performed to change the shape of the nose. Rhinoplasty is performed to enhance facial harmony and/or to improve breathing. The shape of the nose is changed by altering the shape of the underlying nasal structure. The nasal skeleton is composed of bone in the upper third and cartilage in the lower half.
Rhinoplasty is performed using either an open or closed approach to gain access to the nasal skeleton. Fine sculpting of the nasal skeleton is performed to achieve the desired change. It is important to maintain adequate nasal structural support to prevent the nose from collapsing and causing nasal obstruction and breathing difficulty. The closed approach uses incisions hidden inside the nose to gain access to the nasal skeleton. The open approach combines incisions inside the nose and one incision on the outside of the nose to access the nasal skeleton.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Rhinoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Following surgery you may have a plastic cast placed on the outside of the nose and rubber splints on the inside. The cast and splints are removed a few days following surgery. Some swelling expected following rhinoplasty; this resolves with time. Straightening of the nasal septum (septoplasty) and reduction of the inferior turbinates may be performed in combination with the rhinoplasty to improve breathing.