Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
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Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is performed by expert cosmetic and plastic surgery physicians at UW Health Transformations in Madison, Wisconsin.
As one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, our Transformation physicians are experienced in adjusting the shape and contour of the nose through a rhinoplasty procedure.
Whether it is to correct a birth defect, injury, help relieve breathing problems, or simply for cosmetic purposes, UW Health Transformations medical staff will use a rhinoplasty procedure that fits you.
The rhinoplasty procedure can help reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip of the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Good candidates for rhinoplasty, or surgery of the nose, are individuals who are healthy, psychologically stable and have realistic expectations about what surgery can accomplish. Although many young people consider rhinoplasty, it is oftentimes better to wait after an individual has completed his or her mid-teen growth spurt. For girls, this falls between the age of 14 and 15 and for boys, this is usually somewhat later. Parents should also consider their child's social and emotional adjustment, and make sure they fully understand the procedure and sincerely want to make a change.
What does a rhinoplasty involve?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose by reducing or increasing its size, removing the hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. The procedure takes from one to three hours and is performed under general or local anesthesia.
During surgery, your surgeon will separate the skin of the nose from the supporting bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then sculpted to the desired shape. Afterwards the skin is redraped and a splint is put in place to assure that the nose retains its new shape.
What should I do in the time leading up to my rhinoplasty surgery?
Your surgeon will give you instructions preparing for surgery and guidelines on eating, smoking, drinking and medications or vitamins to take or avoid taking. You will want to arrange for someone to drive you home following your procedure.
What should I expect following rhinoplasty surgery?
For the first day or two following your rhinoplasty surgery, you will want to stay in bed with your head elevated. Your face will feel puffy, your nose may ache and you may have a dull headache. Other side effects include temporary swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose, which may peak two to three days after surgery. Bleeding is also common during this time.
Recovery time is variable for rhinoplasty, depending upon the amount of work done on your nose. Usually, patients return to work between one and two weeks and resume strenuous activities within two to three weeks. You will want to avoid hitting the nose as well as direct sunlight for two months following surgery. It may one year or longer for the final results of the rhinoplasty to be evident.
Risks of rhinoplasty include infection, small burst blood vessels resulting in tiny, permanent red spots, or incomplete improvement requiring additional surgery.