Commonly referred to as a “nose job”, rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure designed to reshape the nose. As part of this procedure, multiple areas of the nose can be targeted: the size of the nose can be reduced or increased, the shape of the tip of the nose and the bridge can be modified. Additionally, the nostrils can be narrowed and the angle between the nose and upper lip can be changed.
Patients may decide to have rhinoplasty for aesthetic reasons, but also to correct some problems with breathing.
Given the multiple changes that can be achieved with rhinoplasty, Dr. Kao and Dr. Wallman will discuss your goals, and provide multiple changes that can occur to help determine your desired outcome.
There are two ways Dr. Kao and Dr. Wallman can perform rhinoplasty. In a “closed” rhinoplasty, a small incision will be made on the inside of the nose. In an “open” rhinoplasty the incision is made in the tissue between the nostrils (referred to as the “columnella”). Once either incision is made, Dr. Kao and Dr. Wallman can access the internal structure of the nose and make the required modification.
Rhinoplasty is typically done on an outpatient basis, and does not require an overnight stay. After your surgery, you can expect your nose and eye area to be bruised, swollen and achy, which can last for a few weeks. In one to two weeks, all dressings, splints and stitches should be removed. It is recommended not to participate in strenuous activities for two to four weeks after surgery.