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Table of Contents:
1. About Rhinoplasty
2. Recovery
3. Incisions


Rhinoplasty is a procedure designed to reshape ones nose by either reducing or increasing the size of the various components. A surgeon may remove a hump, change the shape of the tip or bridge of the nose or narrow the width of the nostrils. In addition to the above considerations a surgeon may facilitate a change in the angle between the upper lip and the nose. The procedure takes between one and two hours and is typically performed in our surgical suite. Our surgical suite is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare. The surgery is done as an outpatient, which means that you will need someone to drive you home the day of the surgery. The short-term side effects from the surgery include swelling, bruising around the eyes and nose, and headache. There may be slight bleeding from the nose and some stiffness. Long-term risks include but are not limited to infection, small burst of blood vessels resulting in red spots, the need for additional surgery.

After surgery a splint is worn for one week and during that time period most patients elect to maintain a low profile. Following removal of the splint at five to seven days you may return to work. Exercise is typically avoided while the splint is on but between the first and second week when we resume activity levels to where they were prior to surgery. While the nose tends to look quite acceptable at ten days post-operatively, it may be months until the final result is obtained.

The incisions for the rhinoplasty may either be made all inside the nose (internal approach) or with a small incision at the base of the columella (external approach). The most preferable option is obviously with an internal approach as there are no external scars that may be detected post-operatively. While the overall majority of the patients may be treated without any visible scars, some patients may require an incision in the base of the nose to obtain optimal results.


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