Rhinoplasty (also referred to as nose reshaping) is a procedure performed for both men and women to alter or enhance the appearance of the nose and create a greater level of facial harmony and a more balanced appearance. Nose reshaping is also performed to correct injured or misshapen noses, as well as improve the shape or breathing function of the nose for those who suffer from nasal problems. Each rhinoplasty procedure is fully customized based on the patient’s personal goals.
There are several techniques used for rhinoplasty. The approach taken will be based on the complexity of the surgical case and the overall goal of the patient. For patients requiring mild reshaping a “closed” approach, where all incisions are made inside the nose is often utilized. For more complex cases an “open” approach is required, which involves an additional, very small incision on the underside of the nose.
For minor reshaping, some patients may opt to try an injectable filler (i.e. Voluma) to achieve results. A filler can help add volume to hide small deformities, such as a bump or a bony appearance. It is important to note that fillers can only do so much in the reshaping process. For most patients, surgery is a better option and will offer a permanent solution.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 1-2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will wear a nose splint and will experience bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes. Once the bandages and splint are removed, the nose will look normal, but it may take longer for the bruising to subside completely. It can take up to a full year for the nose to gain its final contour and softness.