Every year, thousands of people choose to change the shape or size of their nose. Nose surgery is a small change that can have a tremendous impact on how you feel about yourself. Besides improving appearance, nose surgery or rhinoplasty can also correct birth defects or breathing problems. Teens are best treated after their growth spurt, around age 14 for girls and 15 to 16 for boys.
Nose surgery is performed in the surgeon’s office, an outpatient surgical facility or in a hospital. Most procedures are on an outpatient basis, although complex procedures may require a short overnight stay. Either local or general anesthesia may be used. Incisions are often made inside the nostrils or base of the nose, allowing the cartilage and bone to be sculpted into the desired form.
If the nostrils need reshaping, small wedges of skin can be removed from the base, bringing the edges closer together to improve nasal breathing. The septum also may be reshaped or partially removed. After nose surgery there will be a “full” feeling to the facial area, some nasal discomfort, and perhaps a dull headache controlled with pain medications.
After Nose Surgery
Most patients spend the first 24 hours in bed with their head elevated on a pillow. Swelling and bruising around the eyes is common for the first few days but can be reduced with cold compresses. Within one or two weeks all dressings, splint and sutures are removed and the “full” feeling subsides. Most patients avoid work or social situations during the first week of recovery and strenuous activity must be limited for the first few weeks. Results from nose surgery can last indefinitely.
As with any medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with nose surgery, which should be discussed with Dr. Schusterman.