“Rhinoplasty” or “nose surgery” sometimes referred to as “nose reshaping” or a “nose job,” improves the appearance and proportion of the nose, enhancing facial harmony and self confidence. Surgery of the nose may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.
During Rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions to access the bones and cartilage that support the nose. The incisions are usually made inside the nose so that they are invisible after the surgery. Depending on the desired result, some bone and cartilage may be removed, or tissue may be added (either from another part of the body or using a synthetic filler). After the surgeon has rearranged and reshaped the bone and cartilage, the skin and tissue is re-draped over the structure of the nose. A splint is placed outside the nose to support the new shape of the nose as it heals. Nasal packing may be used inside the nose to provide additional support.
Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, patient may be able to return to work within a week or ten days after surgery. Most normal activities including exercise can usually be resumed within three weeks. It will be a few months before the reshaped nose can be exposed to direct sunlight.