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Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)

Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a nose job, is the surgical reshaping of the nose. It is performed to:

  • Reduce or increase the size of the nose
  • Change the shape of the tip or bridge of the nose
  • Narrow the size of the nostrils
  • Adjust the angle between the nose and upper lip
  • Remove a hump on the nose

Through rhinoplasty surgery, a cosmetic surgeon creates a functional, aesthetic and facially proportionate nose, correcting defects that occur naturally and deformities that may result from injury or trauma to the nose.

Who Is a Good Candidate?
A good candidate for rhinoplasty is physically healthy and has realistic expectations.

What to Expect
Rhinoplasty is performed using incisions hidden either inside the nose or across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, known as the columella. After the plastic surgeon makes the incisions, the soft tissues that cover the nose are raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.

Cartilage grafted from another area of your body may be used. Most often cartilage from the septum—the partition in the middle of the nose—is used for this purpose. As part of your nose surgery, a deviated septum can be straightened and any projections inside the nose can be reduced so that your breathing is improved.

Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, the nasal tissue and skin is redraped and the incisions are closed. Splints, tubes and packing on the inside of your nose and a splint or bandages on the outside of your nose are used to support the new structure and protect the nose as it heals. They may remain in place for approximately one week. Initial swelling should subside within a few weeks, but it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to refine to its permanent shape.

Recovery Information
You will be given specific instructions after plastic surgery, including:

  • How to care for the surgical site
  • Medications to apply or take orally
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • When to follow up with your surgeon

For more information about this cosmetic procedure, visit The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Find a Doctor
To locate a board-certified cosmetic surgeon affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth, search the online physician database or call 678-312-5000.