Nose Surgery – Rhinoplasty

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Nose Surgery, also known as Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is used to improve the size and shape of the nose. It is also used to correct deviated septums, balance facial symmetry, and reconstruct noses which have become misshapen due to injury. One of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the world, rhinoplasty is an effective way to refine the physical appearance of the nose, as well as to correct defects in the nasal bone, cartilage and tissues.

Patients choose rhinoplasty for many reasons. The most common issues include bump correction, size reduction, nostril or tip refinement, angle correction and realignment of a crooked nose. Some are genetic, such as bulbous tips, large nostrils, hook noses, or lack of definition in the bridge. Other deformities come as the result of accidents, contact sports, or previous surgeries.

Sometimes, Septoplasty is performed in conjunction with cosmetic rhinoplasty.  Septoplasty is a non-cosmetic procedure that straightens out the septum, the thin wall of cartilage and bone that separates your nasal passages.  Patients with breathing problems due to a deviated septum can benefit from septoplasty, as it can alleviate sinus and sleep problems, and help them breathe easier.

There are two techniques used to perform rhinoplasty: open or closed technique.

Closed rhinoplasty, also called endonasal or scarless rhinoplasty, is very popular today because it does not leave exterior scars on the patient’s nose. During this procedure, the surgeon reshapes the nose via incisions made inside the nostrils. This technique is considered to be less invasive than open rhinoplasty, and has been associated with faster recovery and reduced swelling.

Open rhinoplasty involves creating a small incision beneath the tip of the nose, hidden in the natural crease between the nose and upper lip. This technique is sometimes used for hard cases where extensive reshaping is required. More swelling, pain and bruising can be expected from open rhinoplasty than from closed.

Recovery from rhinoplasty can take months, though patients can typically return to work after the splint and bandages are removed – usually a week after surgery. The length of recovery also depends on the quality of the patient’s skin and  whether the rhinoplasty was open or closed. Regardless of the technique used, any sport or activity which could injure the nose should be avoided for at least 3 months post-surgery.

It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions before and after rhinoplasty to minimize your downtime and reduce the chances of complications. Bruising and swelling are common side effects and can last for several weeks post-surgery. If you experience severe pain, bleeding, redness, or fever, contact your doctor immediately.

The results will be immediately noticeable, but it can take a while for the swelling to go away completely. Expect to see your final rhinoplasty results within 4 to 6 months after the procedure.

The cost of rhinoplasty varies by location, and depends on a number of factors such as surgeon’s fees, anesthesia costs, and the length and difficulty of the procedure.  On average, open rhinoplasty ranges from $3,500 to $7,000. Closed rhinoplasty is slightly less expensive.


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  1. Thanks for this informative write-up. I wish to know how effective is nose surgery when the nose is big, kind of bulbous? What happens when the bridge of the nose is broad? How does the cost work out? I have no idea about the costs but am thinking about rhinoplasty., so have just started looking up information.

  2. Cy. Smith says:

    I have been considering Rhinoplasty for some time. Anyone know how much this would cost in the New York City area? I know things can run a bit expensive here, but if anyone knows a cheap but good surgeon in the area, it would help a lot. Thanks!

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