The nose is the most defining characteristic of the face; therefore, the size and shape of the nose can make quite an impact. Even minor changes in nasal shape can significantly improve one’s appearance and facial symmetry. Altering the appearance of the nose may be something you have wanted to do for a long time.
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure designed to change the size or shape of the nose. It can be used to change the entire nose or a section of the nose, such as the tip, or reducing a nasal hump. Rhinoplasty surgery may be performed under general anesthesia or “twilight sleep” using local anesthesia and IV sedation.
The majority of incisions are made within the nose, where they are invisible. Still, there may be a small incision in the area of skin separating the nostrils, where it is inconspicuous. The underlying structure of the nose is then re-contoured by removing, adding to, or reshaping underlying bone and cartilage.
The tip of the nose can be narrowed by sculpting the cartilage in this area. The angle of the nose with the upper lip can also be adjusted to provide a more youthful appearance. A splint will be in place on the nose for one week after surgery to reduce swelling and provide protection and stability. Patients usually take a week to recover from this surgery.