Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

September 5, 2016

Many people who have had lifelong self-image issues with the appearance of their nose, as well as those who have breathing difficulties and other problems with nasal function, can benefit from rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery). Rhinoplasty can correct aesthetic imperfections in the nose and bring it into better balance and harmony with other facial features. This popular procedure can also improve functionality and correct a deviated septum, as well as make it easier to breathe through the nose.

Rhinoplasty can improve a number of conditions associated with the nose. This procedure has the ability to:

  • Increase or decrease nose size
  • Change the shape of the nostrils
  • Reduce the nasal bridge or tip
  • Correct nasal deformities
  • Improve breathing
  • Correct a deviated septum

The procedure typically begins with incisions made either outside or inside the nostrils. One of the benefits of rhinoplasty is that outside incisions can be made along the natural creases of the nose, making scarring virtually invisible. The incisions are then closed and a temporary splint will help the nose retain its new shape. The nose may need to be packed with gauze for a short period of time to control bleeding and stabilize the septum. The procedure usually takes from one to two hours to complete and can be performed as an outpatient.