What is a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a procedure to restructure the nose for better balance and proportion to the face. A rhinoplasty can also be a functional procedure to improve breathing from structural problems within the nose.  Many different techniques can be used to modify the bony and cartilaginous components of the nose. A rhinoplasty can correct problems such as a dorsal hump, wide dorsum, bulbous tip, and under or over rotation of the nasal tip.

What to Expect:

The procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia.  Incisions are well concealed in the columella and inside the nose. The duration of the procedure can range from 3-5 hours depending on the nasal anatomy. An external nasal splint and an internal splint or packing will be placed.


The internal nasal splint or packing is typically removed 5 days after surgery. The external nasal splint is removed on day 5-7. Swelling and bruising are common after this procedure. It can take several months for the swelling to completely resolve.

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