Some patients have a misconception that a rhinoplasty is like carving the new shape of the nose. If that were the case, a rhinoplasty would be easy and consistent. Rhinoplasty is a delicate operation to make the underlying structures take on the new desired shape, have it heal that way and at the same time maintaining the function of the nose.
The operation: A rhinoplasty can be done either in general or under local anesthesia. It can be done either as an open or closed procedure. Our Rhinoplasty specialists perform all but the simplest procedures as open operations. The operation takes approximately 2 hours depending on the complexity of the changes.
After Surgery: Dressings and a splint are applied and potentially internal packing. The surgery is not usually very painful but the packing is annoying because of not being able to breathe while it is in. That is usually for 2 days. If a fracture was required that usually takes 4-6 weeks to solidify, so be careful. Bruising and swelling is variable for each person but that is usually gone by 1-2 weeks
Results: Final results for the shape of the nose may take up to 6 months. The final results depend on the surgery but it may also vary with the thickness of the skin or internal scar tissue which may reduce the visibility of the underlying shape that was created.