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Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is sometimes referred to as “nose reshaping” or a “nose job.

Nose cosmetic surgery improves the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhancing facial harmony and self-confidence. Nose surgery may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.

While the shape of your nose is usually the result of heredity, the appearance may have been altered in an injury or during prior surgery.

Rhinoplasty surgery can change:

  • Nose size, in relation to the other facial structures

  • Nose width, at the bridgeNose profile, with visible humps or depressions on the bridge

  • Nasal tip, that is large or bulbous, drooping, or too upturned

  • Nostrils that are large, wide, or upturned

  • Nasal asymmetry and deviation


After your procedure is completed, a splint, internal tubes, or packing will likely be placed inside your nose and a splint or bandage placed on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing.

You will be given specific instructions to follow during your recovery from rhinoplasty:

How to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.


Before nose surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.

Special instructions you receive will cover:

What to do on the night before and the morning of surgery

The use of anesthesia during your nose surgery

Post-operative care and follow-up

You’ll need help. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.




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