Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

What is Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)?

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. This well-known and effective surgery is designed to not only change the appearance of the nose, but also to create facial symmetry that can improve the appearance of the entire face. Rhinoplasty can also be used strictly to correct a deviated septum, a structural problem that interferes with breathing.

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Benefits of Nose Surgery

There are several benefits of nose surgery; they include facilitating breathing as well as improving appearance. During rhinoplasty, the surgeon may attempt to do one or more of the following:

  • Balancing nose size in relation to face
  • Reducing nose width at the bridge
  • Improving the profile by removing nose bumps or depressions
  • Reducing nostril size and position
  • Reducing nasal tip malformation that can cause the nose to appear bulbous, drooped, upturned or hooked


Correcting the physiological problem of a deviated septum, one of the most common natural causes of difficult breathing, can be achieved by adjusting nasal structure to improve alignment.

Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

To ensure the best outcomes, rhinoplasty candidates should be healthy and realistic about possible results. They should also be old enough that their facial growth is complete (between 16 and 20 years of age). With this surgery, it’s particularly important that patients don’t smoke.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

Depending on the extent of revisions, nose surgery will require either local or general anesthesia and takes about two hours. Your doctor will recommend either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your procedure:

  • Closed Incision Procedure: Incisions are hidden inside the nose (within nostrils)
  • Open Incision Procedure: Incision is made across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.


Do you Reshape my Nose During Rhinoplasty?

The skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilages is raised, allowing access to reshape the nose structure. Surgery varies depending on the alternations being made, for example:

  • A large nose: Often reduced by removing bone or cartilage, and may require cartilage grafts
  • A deviated septum: Straightened and any projections inside the nose reduced to improve breathing


Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, nasal skin and tissue is re-draped and incisions are closed.

Nose Surgery Recovery

During initial healing, a splint and/or packing is usually placed inside the nose and a splint or bandages is also placed on the outside. Initial swelling should subside within a few weeks, but may be worse in the morning during the first year following your surgery. It can take up to a year for the nose to fully refine, but during this time, gradual improvement should be noticeable. Your experience will be unique to you, and your surgeon can answer specific questions about what to expect during the recovery period.

You will have specific instructions for:

  • Incision care
  • Any bandage removal or changing
  • Necessary medications, topical and oral
  • Activities, food and medications to avoid
  • Problems to watch for
  • Resumption of normal activities/exercise
  • Follow up appointments


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Rhinoplasty Results

Great improvement will be noted within a few weeks with full healing over the course of several months. This is a surgery with a long history of successful results.

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*Individual results may vary

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Schedule a Consultation

If you’re considering nose surgery, call (616) 459-1907 to schedule a consultation at Elite Plastic Surgery. Our practice serves Grand Rapids, Byron Center, and surrounding areas in Michigan. For additional detailed information visit www.PlasticSurgery.org

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