A rhinoplasty is a surgery designed to alter the form and function of the nose. The nose is the most prominent feature of the face and is critical to overall facial aesthetics.
A rhinoplasty procedure alters the form and function of the nose. This is done by altering the shape and size of the bony and cartilaginous components of the nose.
Any healthy individual with concerns about the appearance of their nose is a candidate for rhinoplasty surgery. Specific concerns that can be addressed with a rhinoplasty include:
- A wide nose
- A narrow nose
- A hump or bump on the dorsum of the nose
- Thick or bulbous or boxy nasal tips
- Excess nasal projection
- Insufficient nasal projection
- Upturned or downturned nasal tips
- Large or disproportionate noses
- Crooked noses
- Residual issues from previous nasal surgery (secondary rhinoplasty)
After rhinoplasty surgery most patients will continue to notice improvements in their nasal shape and form even up to one year after the surgery. Most postoperative swelling usually resolves within 2-6 weeks. Some subtle swelling may last several months, but this is usually only noticeable to you and your surgeon.