Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is an effective way to improve and transform facial appearance, symmetry, and proportion by reshaping or resizing the nose. Nose surgery can also correct defects, improve breathing, or repair and restore an injured nose.

Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery

Nose reshaping surgery is highly individualized and varied, and the type of change or correction desired will determine the surgical technique used. Nose surgery can smooth bumps, increase or decrease nose size, correct certain problems with breathing, or improve the appearance of the bridge, tip, nostrils, or angle of the nose. During the procedure, incisions may be made on the ridge separating the nostrils, or inside the nose. Nasal structures can then be re-set, repositioned, sculpted, and reshaped to create the desired result.

Whether you prefer a subtle or significant correction or change, the skilled plastic surgeons at Healing Waters can help you achieve natural looking, beautiful results. To learn more about nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), and whether it can benefit you, we invite you to contact Healing Waters today to schedule a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate?

Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) may be performed for cosmetic improvement, repair after trauma, or for a variety of medical, aesthetic, and personal reasons. Ideal candidates include people who are in good general health, nonsmoking, fit for surgery, and free of medical issues or medications that can lead to unwanted risk or complications.

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance or proportion of your nose, are suffering from a nasal injury, or have issues with nasal breathing and would like to explore rhinoplasty, contact Healing Waters to arrange a personalized consultation with a plastic surgeon.

What to expect post-surgery?

Following surgery, you can expect to have swelling, bruising, pain, and discomfort that can be managed with rest and medication. After surgical remodeling of the nose takes place, incisions are closed, tape is tightly applied to the skin and nasal packing may be applied. A splint is worn over the nose to protect and maintain the new shape or position. Patients should avoid blowing the nose for up to four weeks. Patients should also avoid wearing reading or sunglasses for four weeks after surgery. 

While a significant amount of swelling will resolve in the weeks following surgery, mild swelling may continue for several months or up to a full year. Many patients resume a normal routine within a week or two, but it is important to protect the nose from injury and avoid strenuous activity for four to six weeks. Initial results will be visible once the splint is removed, but final results may take six to twelve months.

Progress is monitored through follow-up visits with the surgeon, and detailed post-operative instructions and advice will be given.

What are the risks?

Although infrequent, some of the complications associated with rhinoplasty include bleeding, hematoma, infection, problems with anesthesia, unfavorable scarring, perforated septum, or the need for revision. As smoking and certain medical conditions or medication may increase the risk of complications developing, it is important to let your plastic surgeon know about your past and current health history and lifestyle. Your surgeon will review the procedure and risks with you in detail prior to surgery.

Will I have a scar?

The surgical technique used will determine the location of the scarring. Incisions may be made within the nose, leaving nonvisible scars, or between the nostrils under the tip of the nose, leaving a thin scar that should fade well with time. Patients who are known to be prone to problematic scarring, such as keloid (red and raised) or hypertrophic (dark in color) scar formation should discuss their options with their plastic surgeon prior to undergoing rhinoplasty.

Are the results permanent?

The results of nose surgery are usually lasting, though the nose may change shape slightly as part of the natural aging process.

How much work will I miss?

Many patients who undergo nose surgery return to work within the first week to ten days, though this will depend upon the patient and the nature of their occupation. Strenuous activity should be avoided for a few weeks.

How soon can I wear glasses after surgery?

Generally, glasses should not be worn for approximately four weeks following surgery to avoid putting pressure on the bridge of the nose. Contact lenses may be worn a few days after surgery. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with the best advice for your individual circumstances.

Will my nose be broken?

Osteotomies (fine, controlled fractures in the nasal bone) are not necessary in every case and will depend upon the nature and degree of the reshaping needed. Patients with asymmetrical or wide nasal bones, or prominent, bony humps, may sometimes require more extensive reshaping work. When performed, osteotomies can result in some bruising and swelling, which typically resolves in approximately three weeks.

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