Many people who have considered plastic surgery of the nose, otherwise known as rhinoplasty, have many questions about the procedure. When something as serious as a surgical procedure is considered, whether for cosmetic reasons or for medical reasons, all aspects must be understood.

Some of the first concerns is how to get the best answers to their questions. Yet some may not even know the right questions to ask before considering rhinoplasty. Questions of cost, procedures, doctors and recovery time will all have their own concerns and questions. The following list of questions may answer some concerns and lead you to finding other information.


What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgery that involves altering of the nose, whether slightly or greatly changing the nose and the shape. Most surgeons will advise you about their suggestions for how your nose can change to give you more symmetry to your face.

This type of surgery may be covered by your insurance company, but only if it is for correcting a medical condition such as a deviated septum or other obstruction blocking your airways. A deviated septum can also interfere with sleep and other normal activities, in which case most insurance may cover some or all the costs.

There is another option to surgical rhinoplasty, this is a technique called non-surgical rhinoplasty. Also being dubbed as the 15-Minute Nose Job, this medical procedure takes place in a doctor’s office with no anesthetic and is about one-tenth the price of a surgical operation. This option will fill in bumps and dips in and around the nose by using filler, however, this is temporary and only lasts one to two years.


How Is It Done?

Like most other surgeries, on the day of the surgery the patient is put under anesthesia, either local or general, before the surgery begins. After the patient is under, the surgery begins by cutting, usually inside the nose, to reshape and reform the nose. This may be tissue only, or it may involve altering the bridge of the nose, in which case bone and cartilage are adjusted.

Upon completion of the correction, the incisions are sutured and a cast or dressing is placed on the nose. In the recovering process the patient is usually sent home as this is normally an outpatient procedure, recovery instructions will be sent with a list of activities to avoid while recovering.

Recovery will be somewhat restrictive at first, no lifting heavy objects and the patient will have to sleep and rest with the head elevated. Keeping the blood flow low to the nose area is important, as well as keeping it clean and taped.


Who Are The Best Candidates?

The best candidates are those who are physically healthy and have no medical conditions or complications. They must be at an age of full facial growth and do not smoke. There is also the concern for the patient to be sound of mind and have realistic ideas of the end goals, and what to expect after the operation.


What happens on the surgery day?

Rhinoplasty procedures are commonly conducted under a deep sedation and local anesthesia in an out-patient private facility. The surgery itself usually only takes few hours, but time may varies depends on the complexity of the procedure (the external technique takes longer). During surgery, some or all of the nasal elements are sculpted to the desired shape and the patient is carefully monitored to avoid any unwanted events.

After the process is completed, a splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape, followed by nasal packs to stabilize the septum. To monitor patient condition, he/she will be placed in the recovery area prior to discharge.


What happen after surgery?

General procedures after surgery include taking prescribed medications, keeping the splint dry, and keeping your head elevated to reduce swelling. Facial discomfort is the most common side effect, including bruised and swollen face. However, these can easily be taken care of by administering anti-inflammatory drug.

However, bruises and swelling are usually relieved within two weeks. The splint and all external sutures can be removed about 7 days post-op. Bleeding from the nostrils is common for the first few days, but it doesn’t hold back patients from their daily activity. Although some minor side effects such as swelling may occur for weeks, patients can have their normal life back within 6 months after surgery. During this healing process, it is advisable to avoid direct sunlight and to bump nose onto hard surface. To ensure the best result, most patients are requested for a follow-up visit after one-week post-op, followed by a biweekly visit.