Nose (Rhinoplasty)

Surgery to reshape the nose is a common cosmetic procedure that aims to create a harmonious balance with your facial features and can have profound results on your appearance. Many people are not happy with the shape of their nose, one of the main reasons being that they find it very conspicuous. The nose should not dominate the face – it should harmoniously complement your overall profile.

Rhinoplasty may include any number of changes, including increasing or decreasing the size of your nose, narrowing the nostrils, changing the bridge or tip of your nose, or altering the angle.

One important issue that patients often overlook is nasal function. The nose’s primary purpose is to humidify, purify and warm the air we breathe. The function and form of the nose both have to work, and any operation done in this area has to balance the two. At times an operation is performed mainly for functional reasons, but you may choose to use the opportunity to refine the aesthetic appearance of the nose at the same time.

Generally an outpatient procedure, rhinoplasty is most commonly performed under general anesthesia.
You may engage in light activity the day after your surgery; a return to more normal activity may take 1-2 weeks. The appearance of your nose will gradually refine over the following 4-6 weeks, although it may take up to 6 to 12 months for the final result. Proper skincare and sun protection are essential during healing.

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