Rhinoplasty 101

Happy woman's face with healthy skinRhinoplasty is a procedure that is used to reshape and reconstruct the nose. Would you like to learn more about rhinoplasty? Find out who it can benefit from nasal reconstruction, what to expect from the procedure, and how to speed up your recovery.

Who can benefit from rhinoplasty?

If you are considering rhinoplasty, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you self-conscious about the size or shape of your nose?
  • Has your nose been broken in the past?
  • Do you have trouble breathing when your mouth is closed?
  • Do you snore?
  • Is your nose out of proportion to the rest of your face?
  • Do you have a deviated septum?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the questions above, nasal reconstruction may benefit you.

What is the procedure like?

At Dr. Malamet’s office, the procedure usually lasts for 1-3 hours. Patients will be under general anesthesia or sedation. Most of the time, patients return home the same day.

 

Your particular procedure will depend on the doctor’s evaluation of your needs and your desires for your appearance. In some cases the doctor will need to remove some tissue, in other cases the bones of the nose will need to be broken in order to correct the shape. Although the pain shouldn’t be too severe, you may need prescription pain medication if your nose has to be broken during the procedure.

 

You’ll likely be send home with a splint on your nose that will need to stay in place for close to a week. In some cases your nostrils will be packed to help the nose hold its new shape. The packing can usually be removed after about 48 hours.

How can I speed up the recovery process?

The best thing you can do to speed up the recovery process, is to precisely follow your doctor’s instructions.

Other tips include:

  • Keep your head elevated while you sleep
  • Use a cold compress to minimize swelling and pain
  • Avoid too much sun exposure
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks
  • Avoid activities where your face could be hit, such as racquetball, basketball, or tennis
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory painkillers since they can increase bleeding.

 

To learn more about nasal reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Malamet.

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