If you’re curious what rhinoplasty is and have always thought it was something you might see on Animal Planet or The Discovery Channel, we’re here to help you make “scents” of this popular cosmetic procedure.

And no more puns. We promise.

What Does Rhinoplasty Fix?

Rhinoplasty is the medical term for a nose job. It is one of the top elective cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. Individuals turn to rhinoplasty in order to repair or reshape the nose. Depending on the desired outcome, rhinoplasty can change the size, width and profile of the nose; smooth out bumps or depressions on the bridge; correct the nasal tip and reshape nostrils that are considered too large or wide.

People opt for rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons both cosmetic and restorative. The nose is such a prominent feature of the face, many feel embarrassed or uncomfortable with theirs and wish to alter its appearance. A nose job can restore confidence and help you feel better about your overall appearance. Others undergo nasal surgery in order to correct a medical defect, such as a deviated septum, which causes a number of unpleasant side effects including sinus pain and pressure, congestion, runny nose, nosebleeds, snoring and sleep apnea, loss of smell and more. Trauma victims may turn to rhinoplasty in order to improve the appearance or functionality of the nose following an accident or injury.

How is Rhinoplasty Performed?

Rhinoplasty is performed using either a local or general anesthetic. The procedure usually takes two to three hours, but if complex restructuring is required it may last longer. Once the anesthesia has been administered, an incision is made inside the nostrils and the nose is either reduced or enlarged using cartilage from other parts of the body. If a deviated septum is being fixed, the septum is straightened. Once the physical corrections have been performed, the incisions are closed, and the patient has a cast placed to help support the nose during the healing process. Patients return home the same day but are asked to rest and keep the head elevated for several days. Generally, a patient needs to take 10-14 days off to rest and recover before returning to work and physical activities.

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, our physicians can discuss the benefits of rhinoplasty with you.