Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty Grand Rapids MI | 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 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.

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:

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


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

Rhinoplasty Candidates

To ensure the best outcomes, rhinoplasty candidates should be healthy and realistic about possible results. They should be at least 16-20 years of age. This is to ensure that their facial growth is complete. 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 inside the nose (within nostrils).
  • Open Incision Procedure: Incision is across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.


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 the desired shape, the surgeon will re-drape nasal skin and tissue and then close incisions.

Nose Surgery Before & After

rhinoplasty before and after

*Individual results may vary

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Nose Surgery Recovery

During initial healing, your surgeon will place a splint and/or packing inside the nose and a splint or bandages 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. 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

Patients can see great improvement 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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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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