Rhinoplasty at a Glance
Some of the conditions that can be addressed by rhinoplasty include: size of nose in relation to face; size, position or shape of nostrils; width at the bridge of nose; humped or hooked noses — often most visible in profile.
During your consultation, you will discuss your goals with regard to appearance and ability to breathe, your health history as well as any previous surgeries. Together, you and your doctor will discuss your options and choose a course of treatment.
Length of surgery: 1-3 hours
Anesthesia: General or sedation
Length of recovery: Several months
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Frequently Asked Questions
Insurance will often cover the cost of rhinoplasty for patients who have a congenital problem, damage from an injury, or compromised breathing due to nasal problems. Many times, however, rhinoplasty to correct a breathing issue will also improve the appearance of the nose. Your doctor will perform a complete nasal exam to determine if your needs are strictly cosmetic or if there is also a medical reason to perform rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep and feel no pain during the procedure.
With closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nose, resulting in no visible external scars. Open rhinoplasty may leave a small scar on the underside of the nose, but it fades over time.
Patients may experience some discomfort and mild pain after the surgery, but nothing that can’t be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Yes, rhinoplasty can address issues that may be causing breathing difficulties, such as a deviated septum or narrow nasal passages.
It is generally recommended to avoid wearing glasses directly on the nose for a few weeks after surgery. Your surgeon may suggest alternative ways to make sure you’re able to keep quality of life immediately post-procedure.