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Rhinoplasty - FAQ

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery performed to reshape the nose by reducing or increasing its size, removing a hump, changing the shape of the tip or bridge, or narrowing nostril span.

What are the benefits of rhinoplasty?

Benefits of rhinoplasty can range from improved breathing to enhanced appearance and self-confidence .

What are the risks associated with rhinoplasty?

As with any surgery, a rhinoplasty procedure does carry some risks. Fortunately, complications are rare and usually minor . Nonetheless, complications may include infection, bleeding, and adverse reaction to anesthesia.

Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is ideal for healthy, psychologically stable men and women who are seeking improvement but not perfection in their facial appearance. Most surgeons also consider age as a factor, preferring young patients who have completed their growth spurt.

Will I be put under general anesthesia?

Depending on the preference of the surgeon and/or the patient, rhinoplasty can be performed under general or local anesthesia .

What does a rhinoplasty procedure involve?

Surgical techniques for reshaping the nose vary. However, a rhinoplasty procedure generally involves the separation of nose skin from its framework of cartilage and bone . This can be done either from an incision inside the nose or through an “open” procedure that requires an external incision in the tissue separating the nostrils. The surgeon then reshapes the nose , replaces the skin over the new framework, and applies a splint to help the nose maintain its shape.

How long can I expect the results to last?

With the exception of changes associated with aging, results are permanent .

How do I locate an experienced surgeon in my area?

If you are considering nose surgery, it is important to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and who can evaluate your needs and discuss your best options. Please contact us to locate an experienced board certified plastic surgeon in your area.