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Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Overview

Many of us notice a person’s nose only when it is not in harmony with their face. It may seem too large, too wide, or misshapen. If you are not satisfied with the shape or proportion of your nose, chances are that you are also less than happy with your overall facial appearance. Rhinoplasty can help reshape your nose, give you an increase in self-confidence and satisfaction when it comes to your facial appearance, or the surgery may simply help you breathe more freely.

Typically the reasons for nose surgery are:

  • Change of the size, shape or projection of the nose
  • Repair of damage caused by an injury
  • Improvement to, or restoration of breathing
  • To complement another facial procedure, such as eyelid surgery or chin/neck liposculpting

What Can I Expect From Rhinoplasty/Nose Surgery?

Rhinoplasty is usually typically performed in the operating room under general anesthesia for safety. The procedure takes about two hours, although more complicated procedures can take longer to complete. Most incisions are concealed inside the nose or along its natural creases. Sometimes cartilage from inside the nose septum is used to help shape and support the nose, and improve breathing air movement.

How Long Will It Take For Me to Recover?

Swelling can last up to three or four weeks on the nose, so no strenuous activity can be done during this time. However, walking and doing light activities are fine. Returning to work will be determined by the amount of lifting you have to do. Again, Dr. Birchenough will follow and advise you closely before and after your procedure.