What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a physical alteration of the nose, including:

  • Altering the angle between the upper lip and the nose
  • Changing the shape of the tip or the bridge
  • Increasing or reducing the size of the nose
  • Narrowing the span of the nostrils

Rhinoplasty is performed for one of two reasons:

  • Cosmetic purposes, like dissatisfaction with the size/shape of the nose
  • Medical conditions, such as breathing problems from a deviated septum
  • Some combination of the two

How is rhinoplasty performed?

For cosmetically related procedures, the surgeon usually enters the surgical site through the inside of the nostril rims and trims down the bump or tip of the nose. Then the bridge of the nose is flattened by cutting and resetting the nasal bones. After that, the shape of the nose is contoured accordingly and the nose is stitched up.

If rhinoplasty is being performed to correct a medical condition, a variety of reconstructive approaches may be used, depending on what is being addressed. Dr. Citron will work hand-in-hand with patients to determine what option may best suit their needs.

What is the recovery like following a rhinoplasty?

Depending on what work is being done, a splint may be placed on the bridge of the nose for several weeks to avoid injury and minimize movement while the patient sleeps. A triangle bandage may also be placed under the nose as well as soft splints placed in the nostrils.

There is typically minor bruising and swelling that can be treated with medication, and stitches can come out about a week later during a follow-up visit. Afterwards, patients can usually resume normal activity but should not exercise, wear glasses or spend a lot of time in the sun for the next four to six weeks.

Black eyes may appear but normally resolve on their own within seven to 10 days.

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