A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that can make the nose smaller or to narrow it. But it can also make the nose larger or help you breathe better. A rhinoplasty can also be performed to change the way the bridge or tip of your nose looks. It can correct bumps or other problems. It can also change how your nostrils look.
A rhinoplasty can adjust the:
Rhinoplasty can be done as a closed or open procedure:
Nasal surgery performed to improve an obstructed airway requires careful evaluation of the nasal structure. Surgery can correct a deviated nasal septum, a common cause of breathing impairment, by adjusting the nsasal structure to produce a better alignment.
Nasal surgery may be done with all incisions inside the nose or with a small incision crossing the narrow part of the columella. The surgeon sculpts the bone and cartilage framework of the nose to achieve the desired result. Excess bone, cartilage or skin may be removed or repositioned. In some cases, cartilage taken from the nasal septum (the wall of tissue dividing the two nasal air passages) or the ear and is used to add structure or support where needed. Other materials are sometimes used as well. Breathing difficulty may be improved by the surgery on the septum ("septoplasty") or by other techniques. After the surgery, a splint is often placed to protect the nose.
Most patients resume household activities within one or two days. Pain and discomfort following the surgery are typically controlled with oral pain medication. Most stitches/splints are removed within one week after surgery. Within one to two weeks most patients can return to work. Most bruising and/or swelling resolves within two weeks; more subtle swelling may persist longer, depending on the exact nature of the surgery and the patient.
Any surgery has risks. Possible complications of a rhinoplasty may include the following:
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