What will my nose look like after surgery?
In general, rhinoplasty, cosmetic nose surgery, is designed to reduce
excess cartilage and bone in the nose, removing irregularities and bumps
to give a straightened, smooth and, usually, smaller appearance. Adding
tissue to enhance certain features of the nose can also occur. The overall
trend in modern rhinoplasty is away from over-reduction of tissue which
can reduce the ability to breath through the nose and towards individualized
treatment of each segment of the nose to give a balanced and refined
look without compromising function.
How long does the surgery take and what kind of anesthesia
Usually, Rhinoplasty takes from one to three hours depending on the
complexity of the condition of the nose. Most patients have sedation
prior to and during the procedure while some patients request a general
anesthesia. Nearly all rhinoplasty operations are done as outpatient
Is there a lot of bruising afterwards and how long will it
This depends again on how complex the procedure is, but in general most
patients experience five to seven days of purple discoloration and swelling
around the eyes and upper cheeks. The nose itself will be swollen for
around ten to fourteen days or longer, but subtle resolution of the
swelling at the tip of the nose can take many months after surgery to
I have trouble breathing through my nose and have terrible
sinus problems. Will my insurance policy pay for rhinoplasty?
The condition described is usually associated with a deviated septum
or a bent internal framework of the nose. Most of the time this results
from trauma such as a broken nose but many patients with this condition
cannot recall an episode where this might have occurred. The condition
described in this question however, could also result from allergies
or the two conditions can exist simultaneously. Careful examination
is needed before surgery to separate the two conditions. While individual
insurance policies can vary, in general, functional surgery to improve
breathing is considered a covered benefit in many group policies. If
additional correction of a cosmetic deformity of the nose is done at
the same time the cost of this part of the procedure is usually not
covered by insurance.
Where are the incisions placed during nose surgery?
In general, most or all of the incisions in rhinoplasty are hidden in
the inside of the nostril. While external incisions hidden in the creases
where the nose meets the cheek can be used to narrow the nose, incisions
on the bridge or tip are not usually used in cosmetic surgery of the
my nose grow after surgery?
In general, our noses tend to elongate as we enter the middle years
of our life and drooping of the tip of the nose can occur in the later
years as elasticity disappears from the body. While undergoing a cosmetic
rhinoplasty as a teenager or young adult will not prevent the effects
of aging on the nose, the final shape that results from this surgery
is expected to last a lifetime and regrowth of bumps and deformities
corrected by the operation is a rare occurrence.