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If you could change one thing about your face, what would it be? For a large percentage of people, the facial feature they would most like to change is their nose. Situated in the very middle of the face, your nose is impossible to hide. Some use cosmetics to try and improve the aspects of this feature they dislike, but the only way to make a permanent change is with a popular cosmetic procedure known as a Rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty is arguably one of the most complex forms of cosmetic surgery. Even small alterations to the shape, size or overall appearance of your nose can have a profound effect on the way you look. A successful Rhinoplasty surgery will create a subtle, natural improvement.

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Types of Rhinoplasty

No two noses are the same and neither are any two Rhinoplasty procedures. What you can expect to happen during your surgery will primarily depend on the type of Rhinoplasty you choose. Most procedures can be performed in less than three hours.

Reduction Rhinoplasty

If you feel your nose is too large compared to your other facial features, you may opt for a Reduction Rhinoplasty, which makes the nose smaller. This is done by removing some of the natural bone and cartilage present in your nose, as well as reshaping the bridge and tip. The result will be an overall smaller nose that is more proportional to the rest of your face.

Augmentation Rhinoplasty

If you have a flattened nose, Augmentation Rhinoplasty is going to be the recommendation for you. In this surgery, bone and cartilage are taken from another part of your body and grafted onto the main structure of your nose in order to open up the nostrils and create greater definition. Because of its ability to add height and width to the nasal cavities, Augmentation Rhinoplasty is usually suggested for patients who seek to alleviate respiratory problems.


There is a small area of cartilage separating our nostrils called the septum. Septorhinoplasty is the name given to the procedure used to correct issues with this part of the nose commonly known as a deviated septum. Septorhinoplasty can be valuable in helping patients who have respiratory issues associated with the way that air passes through the nose and into the lungs.


During this type of Rhinoplasty, only the nostrils and very tip of the nose are altered. This is a popular choice among patients who have an upturned or downturned (hooked) nose.

As you might expect, all Rhinoplasty procedures are performed under general anesthetic, meaning that you are asleep for the duration of the surgery. You will, therefore, need to undergo an assessment to check your suitability for general anesthetic before you can undergo your Rhinoplasty.

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Recovering from Rhinoplasty

When you first wake up after your Rhinoplasty surgery, there is a good chance you will still feel the effects of the general anesthetic. For up to 24 hours, you may feel tired, confused and disorientated. Your nose will be covered with a dressing and will feel tight and sore. This sensation will likely spread across your face, particularly around your eyes and across your cheeks towards your ears. You may notice some bruising, which can take several weeks to subside. Discomfort is fairly normal, and you may be given prescription pain relief to help. It is important that you take the medication as directed in order to achieve the greatest relief from your discomfort and to help expedite the healing process since being in pain can actually slow this process down. You will also be given specific instructions on caring for your nose during your recovery.

You should prepare to take at least a week off from work for your recovery. If you have a fairly physical job, you may need to take more time off to heal. This will be discussed with you during your consultation. When you are home, if you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, seek medical attention immediately.

In most cases, it will take several months for the bruising and swelling to subside completely, at which point the effects of your Rhinoplasty should be fully visible for the first time.

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If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose and would like to discuss whether you are a good candidate for Rhinoplasty surgery, contact us today at 240-837-8400 to schedule your confidential consultation.


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