Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is an operation performed to change the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty can involve reducing the size of the nose, removing a bony hump, refining the nasal tip, narrowing the nasal bridge, reducing nostril flare, and altering the angle between the nose and upper lip.
The procedure can take anywhere from 1-2 hours. It is done as outpatient under general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and safe during your procedure.
Following rhinoplasty, an external nasal splint will often be applied to maintain the new shape of the nose during the initial healing period, and nasal packing may be inserted inside the nose if needed. Some degree of bruising and/or swelling in and around the nose is typical, though these side effects are temporary and should subside with time. A significant amount of pain is rare, but any soreness or discomfort can usually be alleviated with medication. Most patients may drive and return to work once they discontinue narcotic pain medicine. Despite this resumption of normal daily routines, any heavy lifting, intense exercise, and/or other strenuous physical activities will need to be avoided for a minimum of several weeks to ensure the nose heals fully and properly
You will be given post-operative instructions and a script for pain medication to help you prepare and plan for surgery in advance