Rhinoplasty Basics and Terms

Rhinoplasty may be a term you know already – it’s a nose job after all – but during discussions with your surgeon, it’s very likely that you’ll hear or read other words about the surgery and what you can expect that you’re not already familiar with. If this is the case, you’ll want to be sure to ask the surgeon for a less formal explanation or to, perhaps, tell you more about the terms he’s using. The following words are a good start to understanding the sorts of terms that are commonly used with rhinoplasty however.

Rhinoplasty – This is the most common term. Rhinoplasty is simply the formal name for a nose job or a surgery used to reshape or redefine the nose.

Anesthesia – This can be either a general or a local anesthesia. A general anesthesia is a pain killer that renders the patient unconscious during surgery. A local anesthesia is a less powerful pain killer that is given to a patient as shot during the surgery. The local anesthesia can be of varying strength.

Cartilage – Cartilage is the movable areas of the nose that give it structure. The tip of the nose and the top of the ears are made from the connective tissues called cartilage, for example.

Deviated Septum – Cartilage in the nose that is crooked or misaligned. The crooked cartilage can partially block or totally obstruct one or both nostrils from the inside of the nasal cavity.

Columella – The small bit of skin and tissue that is found between the two nostrils.

Hematoma – This is a possible side effect of most surgeries where the blood pools under the skin creating dark splotches.

Sedation – Intravenous sedation are shots that are administered into a vein to help you relax before anesthesia or during various parts of the procedure.