RHINOPLASTY & SEPTOPLASTY (Nose reshaping)
Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose by reducing or increasing the size, removing humps, changing the shape of the tip or bridge, narrowing the span of the nostrils, or changing the angle between the nose and upper lip. Septoplasty may be performed to relieve some breathing problems and may be covered by insurance if performed for medical reasons. The procedure is usually a 2 to 3 hour outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia or local with sedation. Side effects include temporary swelling, bruising around the eyes and nose, headaches, slight bleeding and stuffiness. Risks may include infection, asymmetry, or the need for reoperation. Patients are typically back to work or school in 1 to 2 weeks and may perform more strenuous activities in 2 to 3 weeks. Patients need to avoid the sun, and also activities that could result in bumping the nose for at least 8 weeks. Because the nose is cartilage, the final appearance may not be realized for 1 year or more. Learn more about rhinoplasty or septoplasty.