Rhinoplasty, also referred to as nose surgery (nose job), is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The motivation for rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, its function or both. When planning rhinoplasty, your surgeon considers your features, the skin on your nose and what you would like to change. The upper portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty can modify bone, cartilage, skin or all three.
A nose job is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight stay. You’ll get general anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you’ll sleep through the operation. During an operation, the surgeon makes cuts within the nostrils and across the base of the nose. The surgeon then reshapes the inner bone and cartilage to produce a more pleasing appearance.
After a rhinoplasty, people usually wear a nasal splint for the first week. You can expect swelling and some bruising around the eyes after surgery that will begin to improve after the third day. It can, though, last up to two weeks.Expect your nose to have a little swelling, which probably only you and your surgeon will notice. This will go away over the next six months. The final shape of your nose will be apparent after it has completely healed.
You should avoid strenuous activity for three to six weeks after surgery. You may return to your social activities as soon as within two to three weeks without any recognizable signs that you had a procedure done.
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