Nose surgery, Rhinoplasty, can be performed to alter appearance and correct breathing problems. Most rhinoplasty procedures are performed to alter the size and shape of the nose.

Procedure: Rhinoplasty is usually performed through small incisions made inside the nose. External incisions are made to reduce the size of the nostrils. Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose by altering the position of the bones and applying more cartilage to areas that need it. Cartilage may be removed to give it a shorter appearance. To correct breathing problems, a septoplasty is performed. This surgery alters the septum which is the cartilage dividing your nostrils inside your nose. Also a turbinectomy may be performed. This surgery reduces the size of the tissue along the nasal wall. Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure. This surgery can last from 2-3 hours depending on the extent of repair, and uses local or general anesthesia.

Post-op: Most patients return home the same day, but some more complex cases spend a day in the hospital. Normal activities can be resumed within 1 week. You should rest for 12 hours after your surgery. You will be wearing a splint and tape over your nose. The length of time needed with the splint varies with the extent of the repair done. Packing may be placed for 24-48 hours, depending in which procedure is performed. Bleeding from the nostrils is the most common complication and is expected to subside after 1 hour. There will be pain as the anesthesia wears off. Swelling, bruising, and discoloration will occur. Breathing may be difficult for the first few days.


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