Nose Job / Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Last Updated: January 08, 2013

Rhinoplasty or “nose surgery” is one of the most popular of all cosmetic surgical procedures in America. Hundreds of thousands of people undergo this operation annually because the overall appearance of the face can be significantly improved by altering the size and shape of the nose or reconfiguring the bridge.

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Individuals need to be patient during their recovery, because although the real results will not be seen for weeks, the satisfaction factor with nose surgery is quite high.

Most of the nose surgery procedures are made to improve the appearance of the nose. Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is however to a large extent performed on people with breathing problems.

Nose Job - The Procedure

Rhinoplasty can either reduce or enlarge the nose, because the underlying soft cartilage is easily manipulated and sculpted to produce fairly dramatic aesthetic enhancements.

The surgeon gains access to the cartilage by entering either through the nostrils or by making an incision on the outside of the nose. The operation is typically performed in a surgeon's office on an outpatient basis with only local anesthesia, which reduces the time required and the surgical expense. That means that only local anesthetics will be required and patients get to return home on the same day.

Nose Surgery is Safe

Nose surgery is a mildly invasive procedure that usually requires only light reconstruction of underlying tissue. It's a safe and a well-understood technique that can benefit anyone with a concern about his or her nose shape.

The basic technique involves the separation of the skin from the underlying tissue and cartilage. The cartilage is easily shaped for enlargement or reduction, depending on the patient's needs. A simple procedure is completed within two hours, with more complex contouring taking a bit longer. Once done, the skin is put back on top of the cartilage and possibly sutured. A splint will be necessary for the first week or so in order to provide support and shaping for the newly redesigned nose.

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Whatever your situation, with a trained, certified and experienced cosmetic surgeon, you should expect a significant improvement in your appearance.

Recovery From Nose Surgery

Because the face is generally more sensitive to invasive surgery than other parts of the body, rhinoplasty can be one of the more difficult cosmetic procedures from which to recover.

The swelling and bruising often lasts for weeks, during which time bandages and dressings may continue to be required. Within a few months, however, the nose should be fully healed. Individuals need to be patient during their recovery, because although the real results will not be seen for weeks, the satisfaction factor with nose surgery is quite high.

Many patients, however, do not realize that rhinoplasty is an involved process. You need to go in fully informed about all aspects of the surgery, from costs to the time investment required.

Nose Surgery Result - Realistic Expectations

Most patients are extremely satisfied with the results. They're permanent and will leave you with a lasting happiness that stems from a boost in self-confidence. Get involved with your self-image and think about a nose surgery today.

Only patients with realistic expectations who are in good physical and mental condition should move forward with a nose surgery. Whatever your situation, with a trained, certified and experienced cosmetic surgeon, you should expect a significant improvement in your appearance.

Learn Your Options

We highly recommend potential nose surgery patients receive several professional consultations and fully recognize the consequences of undergoing the procedure.

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To learn more about nose surgery please fill in the contact form below, or call us today at the number found in the upper right corner of this page. You will then get the option to schedule a free consultation with a board certified surgeon in your local area. The majority of surgeons also have financing plans available to offer their customers who may need it.

For more information on a Rhinoplasty procedure, visit our risks and recovery articles.

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