Rhinoplasty is the technical term used for a “nose job.” It is used to shape, mold, or form the structure of the nose to make it fit the face in a more symmetrical way. The process alters the nose, reducing or increasing the overall size, removing a hump, changing the angle between the nose and the upper lip, changing the shape of the tip or the bridge, or narrowing the span of the nostrils. Some patients opt to have rhinoplasty to fix breathing problems.
General anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation will be used for nose job incisions made either within the nose or on both the inside of the nose and one small cut under the tip of the nose. The skin will then be separated from the bone and cartilage, which can then allow the nose to be sculpted to the desired shape. Afterward, the skin is redraped over the new framework, and the incisions are closed.
At the conclusion of the procedure, a numbing agent may be used to keep you feeling pain-free. A splint will be applied to the nose for one week to allow proper healing. The nose will be noticeably swollen for several days, and there will be some bruising as well. It may take up to a year or even longer before all minor traces of swelling disappear, but the nose will deﬁnitely look better by the time the splint comes oﬀ after surgery. Many patients experience increased confidence following rhinoplasty because the nose plays such a prominent role in the appearance of the face, a nose job can often have a dramatic effect on the appearance of the entire face.
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