Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

What is a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure undertaken to improve the appearance and proportion of the nose, enhancing facial harmony.


Usually lasting between one and two hours, this procedure is commonly done under general anesthesia. An open or closed rhinoplasty technique can be used.

In open rhinoplasty, the incision goes from nostril to nostril, through the columella, allowing the soft tissue of the nose to be completely elevated off the underlying bony and cartilaginous structure, much like opening the hood of a car. After modifying the bony and cartilaginous structures, the soft tissue is redraped and the incision is closed.

In closed rhinoplasty, the same steps are done through incisions which remain completely inside the nose. In either case, meshes are usually put in both nostrils.


The meshes in the nostrils are removed the next day. A metal splint is usually worn on the nose for a week. Return to work is usually possible in ten to fourteen days. Resolution of all swelling can take up to three months.

Risks and Complications:

All surgeries expose patients to risks and complications. In cosmetic surgery, all efforts are made to minimize these risks, but they cannot be completely eliminated. A partial list of complications for rhinoplasty includes: bleeding, under or overcorrection, and assymetry. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon as part of your decision making process.