What features can be improved with Rhinoplasty?

A number of changes to the shape of the nose can be made with rhinoplasty. Noses can be made smaller or larger, narrower or wider, shorter or longer. Bumps on the bridge can be corrected, and droopy noses can be lifted.

How is the surgery performed?

The surgery is performed by reshaping the cartilage and bone under the skin of the nose. After these deep structures are reshaped appropriately, the skin re-drapes over the new framework.

Are there incisions made outside the nose?

Most of the incisions (cuts) for rhinoplasty are made inside the nose. There are situations that require small incisions to be made outside the nose. These are typically placed in well-hidden areas.

Are there visible scars after the surgery?

Typically, most of the incisions are inside the nose and the small incisions that may need to be placed outside tend to heal nicely. Thick or raised scars or keloids are extremely rare after rhinoplasty.

Will it be obvious to everyone that I have had a nose job?

The goal of rhinoplasty is to bring the nose in harmony with the rest of the face. Typically, after rhinoplasty, people will comment on the fact that you look better, but most may not notice that your nose is different. After rhinoplasty, people will tend to notice other features of your face, previously masked by your nose, such as your eyes and your lips.

How soon can I get back to my regular activities?

One week is typically enough time for returning to work or school. At that time the dressing is removed from the nose and make-up may be worn on the face.

Will I get black eyes?

Not everyone will get bruising around the eyes after rhinoplasty. If black eyes do appear, they typically resolve within 7-10 days after the procedure. Dr. Orloff will prescribe specific healing supplements to help lessen any bruising that may occur.

Can I breathe through my nose after surgery?

Typically, you can breathe through your nose after surgery. There will be some swelling of the nose during the healing process, which will make you somewhat congested, similar to having a cold.

Do you have to break the nose?

Many patients just need work done on the cartilages of the nose and the bone may be left untouched. People with wide nasal bones, asymmetric nasal bones, or large bony humps may require reshaping of the nasal bones.

Is there pain after the procedure?

The discomfort after rhinoplasty is typically minimal. Most of our patients may need to take prescription pain medication on the first night after the procedure but by the next day they no longer need to. Many patients only need to take over the counter medication to deal with any discomfort.

At what age are you old enough to have a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can be performed on young men and woman after their facial growth has been completed. This typically translates into age 15-16 for woman and 16-17 for men.

At what age are you too old to have a rhinoplasty?

As long as the individual is in good health, there is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty.

Can I have rhinoplasty if I have allergies or sinus problems?

If there are allergies or sinus infections present, rhinoplasty surgery can still be performed. If there is an active sinus infection present, it is a good idea however to get the condition under control before proceeding with a rhinoplasty procedure. Many people suffering from allergies and sinus conditions may also have a deviated septum. Correction of the deviated septum at the same time as the rhinoplasty can often help improve their breathing passages.