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Rhinoplasty (Nasal Correction)

Rhinoplasty (Nasal Correction)
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A well defined nose gives your profile a strong appearance however many people have depressed bridge of the nose, hump on the bridge of the nose, wide bridge, wide nasal tip, boxy or bulbous nasal tip, crooked nose, large or wide nostrils, high or flared nostrils.
Rhinoplasty or nasal reshaping is a surgical procedure designed to correct such problems. Rhinoplasty can help in refining your nose or change the overall size and shape of your nose dramatically.

Rhinoplasty is not be performed during growing years unless there is severe disfigurement due to birth defects or accidents.


  • Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and the patient may go home the same day.
  • Procedure involves separating the skin of the nose from the bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are sculpted and re-shaped and the skin is re-draped on the sculpted framework.
  • The actual procedure may take between 1- 3 hours based on the specific problem.
  • In the "open technique" or "open rhinoplasty method” an incision is made across the columella, this method is usually used in complex cases. In the "closed technique" or "closed rhinoplasty method"incisions are made inside the nostrils.
  • Once rhinoplasty is complete, a splint is placed on the nose and nasal packs are placed inside the nostrils to control bleeding and stabilize the interior structure of the nose.
  • Week 1 – After surgery you can expect a swollen and puffy face.

    Sutures are removed on the 5-7 day after surgery while the splint is removed on the 7th day.

  • Week 2 – After surgery, most of your bruises will be gone and swelling will decrease

You will see the initial result in 3- 6 months time.

A good rhinoplasty result is dependent on correct post operative care.

  • Stay in bed with your head elevated for at least 24 hours following surgery.
  • Do not blow your nose or bend over with the head below heart level as this may increase swelling and bleeding.
  • Avoid strenuous activities that raise the blood pressure such as weight lifting, running, swimming etc for at least a month.
  • Gradually ramp up the activities.
  • If you wear spectacles, do not allow their weight to rest on the nose till you are completely healed (3 weeks).

You would be a suitable candidate for a rhinoplasty if

  • You have a nasal disfigurement due to birth defects or accident
  • You are in good health
  • You are not a diabetic or have a heart condition
  • You do not smoke (avoid it for at least 3 weeks prior and post surgery )

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Frequently Asked questions

How is rhinoplasty performed?

Rhinoplasty involves separating the skin of the nose from the bone and cartilage to reshape and sculpt them before the skin is re-draped on the sculpted framework.

How long do I have to be in the hospital?

You may go home the same day of the surgery.

When can I get back to work after the surgery?

You can get back to work within1 week after your surgery if you have a desk job. If your job involves activities such as lifting, climbing, etc you will need to be on limited duty for three weeks to a month.

When will the result of the surgery be visible?

Swelling will become gone in 3-6 months and final results of your rhinoplasty will be visible within six to twelve months after your surgery.

When can I resume my exercise routine after the surgery?

6 weeks after surgery.

Will I have scars due to the surgery?

When closed rhinoplasty is performed the scars will be on the inside of the nose therefore not visible. When open technique is used you may have a small scar on the underside of the nose.

What are the expected risks?

There may be a risk of bleeding and infection. You may have temporary Red spots on your skin's surface caused when tiny blood vessels burst. You might also have slight scarring depending on the technique used.

How much does rhinoplasty cost?

You surgeon will be able to give you an estimate after examining your general health, your specific requirement and also the desired result.

At what age can rhinoplasty be done?

Patient should be at least in late teens to undergo rhinoplasty. However in case of severe disfigurement due to accidents or birth defects, surgery is performed to help restore the deformity of the growth centers in younger patients.