The nose is the anchor of the face, so when it is disproportionate to the rest of the facial features, symmetry can be thrown off. Patients who are unhappy with the size or shape of their nose can undergo Nose Surgery in Concord and Boston to correct any issues they may have.

What is Nose Surgery?

Nose Surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is done to reshape and refine the nose. It can correct a number of issues, including bumps or humps in the nose, a hooked nose, a crooked nose, a hanging nasal tip, flared nostrils, and much more.

How is Nose Surgery done?

During Nose Surgery, a small incision is made along the columella or the strip of tissue between the nostrils. This allows access to the bones and cartilage underneath.  Bone and cartilage can then be removed or added to create the desired nose contour.

During Asian Nose Surgery, the bridge of the nose is raised to increase the projection of the bones in the nose. Cartilage grafts, bone grafts, or implants can all help to achieve this step. A nostril narrowing plastic surgery facial procedure may also be done for desired results.

Who is a good candidate for Nose Surgery?

Good candidates are patients who are unhappy with the shape or size of their nose. Correction can be made to ensure more symmetrical, harmonious facial features. A consultation with Dr. Narasimhan will help to determine which steps should be taken to achieve your optimal nose contour.

What should I expect during recovery from Nose Surgery?

After Nose Surgery, a splint will need to be worn on the nose for 10 days to help protect the nose and ensure it heals correctly. Any bruising or swelling that occurs will subside within three weeks. Pain medication can be prescribed to help with any discomfort, though most patients do not need to take pain medication longer than two to three days.

If you are interested in Nose Surgery in Concord and Boston, contact us today at (978) 369-1579. We would be happy to schedule your consultation.  For more information visit our blog page.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, sometimes called a “nose job” or nose surgery, focuses on surgically reshaping and correcting the nose’s important form and function. A rhinoplasty procedure can accomplish many things, including reducing or increasing the overall size of the nose, reducing or augmenting an over- or under-projecting bridge or tip, bringing the nostrils into harmony with the face, and correcting nasal injuries like a deviated septum, which can impair breathing. The rhinoplasty procedure is one of the most popular facial plastic surgery procedures available because it can give a subtle or dramatic improvement to the overall shape and profile of the face.

How Long Does Rhinoplasty Take?

A given rhinoplasty procedure can vary widely in its time requirement versus another, similar procedure. This is because each rhinoplasty procedure is unique and will include the use of different tools, techniques, and goals. Taking this into consideration, simple rhinoplasty procedures with subtle adjustments can take only around one hour, while extensive reconstructions or procedures that require grafting can take up to three or four hours. The nose is an incredibly complex and delicate structure that requires extensive knowledge and a careful touch, so it’s best to allow plenty of time for a skilled plastic surgeon to produce excellent results.

How Long is Rhinoplasty Recovery?

The timeframe for a rhinoplasty recovery can depend mostly on how extensive and invasive the procedure is. Rhinoplasty patients will usually need to wear a nasal splint for at least the first week in order to support the nose as it heals, and the initial recovery can last for an additional week or two after that. After this period, patients generally return to work or school with full breathing ability and most swelling subsided. Full recovery, however, can take up to six months with final results settling in within a year after the procedure. This occurs because of the nose’s delicate structure that can be prone to changing as the tissues settle into their new form.

How Does Rhinoplasty Work?

Rhinoplasty occurs in a few steps that might be different depending on the intended results. A type of anesthesia will be chosen during your consultation, and then administered as the procedure begins. Then, an incision is made at a chosen location (usually either inside the nostril or across the skin between them). Generally, a rhinoplasty is either open— meaning the skin and cartilage of the nose is pulled back so the structure is exposed— or closed, meaning the procedure is accomplished using tools and techniques completely inside the nasal passages. Grafts to augment the shape of the nose can be taken from areas that carry cartilage like the rib or ear. A deviated septum correction can also occur at this step. Then, the incisions are closed and dressed.

How Do I Reduce Swelling After Rhinoplasty?

During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will give you detailed care steps to follow that are unique to your rhinoplasty procedure. You can expect extensive swelling during the initial recovery period, so you will most likely be unable to breathe through your nose. You’ll be instructed to use a cold compress regularly during this time and regularly take prescribed medication that will also reduce the chance of infection. Keeping your head elevated and avoiding straining or blowing your nose will also allow your body to heal more quickly. You can also expect some bruising to occur during your recovery period, especially around the eyes since this is a natural place for blood to pool.

What Can I Expect After Rhinoplasty?

The best way to determine what your unique recovery and results will look like is through a consultation with your plastic surgeon. However, you can expect to take about two weeks to initially recover at home. You’ll need to carefully follow the care steps given to you by your plastic surgeon to ensure that you heal quickly and effectively. This may include scheduling a follow-up appointment to check your incisions or remove your nasal splint (usually after about ten days). You can manage any pain with medications prescribed by your plastic surgeon, and these can also help to reduce swelling. Most importantly, you can expect to rest during your recovery and allow your body ample time to heal and adjust to the new contours and position.

What is Revision Rhinoplasty?

A revision rhinoplasty procedure, sometimes called a secondary rhinoplasty, is an additional procedure that is performed later on to correct or improve former rhinoplasty results. This can be performed because former results were unsatisfactory or negatively affected the structure or function of the nose. This sometimes occurs because the nose is a highly-complex structure that can settle or shift in unexpected ways during recovery, or be operated on by an unqualified surgeon. A revision rhinoplasty generally follows the same procedure pattern as an initial rhinoplasty, with extra care taken to reinforce structures that have been weakened and ensure the nose retains its important functions.

How Long Does Rhinoplasty Take to Heal?

Rhinoplasty can take the longest period of time to heal versus other plastic surgery procedures because the nose’s structure is very complex. Although initial recovery can take around two weeks, there may continue to be some swelling and minor discomfort within the first six months of the procedure. Most patients see their final, intended results up to one year after surgery, even with minor adjustments to the nose’s structure or appearance. However, the nose can continue to change even after this period, despite being healed. This can sometimes lead to a revision rhinoplasty if the changes negatively affect the nose’s structure or appearance.

How Long Does Rhinoplasty Surgery Take?

Rhinoplasty surgery time periods can vary widely, depending on how extensive the procedure is and what techniques are used. While a closed rhinoplasty with minor changes can take around one hour, an open rhinoplasty with septum corrections and grafting from donor areas can take upwards of three or four hours. This can also depend largely on your plastic surgeon’s skill and experience with rhinoplasty procedures. In this case, however, a longer procedure period may be preferable, since getting good results with rhinoplasty procedures can sometimes require great patience and technique on the part of your plastic surgeon. It’s best to allow them adequate time to ensure your nose functions well and is shaped appropriately.

When Can I Blow My Nose After Rhinoplasty?

Your plastic surgeon can give you the best idea of when you will be able to blow your nose after surgery. This can be uncomfortable for some patients during their initial recovery period, but blowing your nose before it’s ready can cause bleeding and overexertion on the new structures, leading to complications. It’s best to refrain from blowing your nose for around a few weeks after surgery or until your plastic surgeon approves it, and instead use a saline spray to clear out any remaining blood or materials. This is especially important while the splint is in place because your nose’s structure will be in the early stages of recovery during this time.

How Long After Rhinoplasty Can I Wear Glasses?

An important discussion to have with your plastic surgeon during your consultation is whether your vision will be affected by your recovery process. This is important because, depending on the techniques used during your procedure, you may need to avoid wearing glasses during your recovery, since this can affect your results. You may need to avoid it for up to six months because the pressure created by glasses can distort any swollen tissues in the nose, affecting your long-term results. Alternatively, you can wear contact lenses during your recovery, although some patients experience swelling in the eye area which can make wearing them uncomfortable.