The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Patients seeking rhinoplasty are generally more fixated on the anticipated results than the procedure necessary to create those results. Rhinoplasty is a full cosmetic surgery procedure and patients must be prepared for the surgery as well as the lengthy recovery period that follows the procedure.

Initial Consultations

Prior to any actual surgery, the patient will visit the surgeon about health matters and expectations for the procedure. The doctor will outline the anticipated results and help the patient establish realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure as well. The surgeon will also ask the patient to stop smoking if applicable and to refrain from taking any medications or supplements that may interfere in the safety of the procedure.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

On the day of the surgery, the anesthesiologist will use general anesthesia to sedate the patient. In some cases a local anesthesia is used, but this leaves the patient awake – if unfeeling – to hear the noses and feel sensations from the surgery and is not common. The surgeon will then create small incisions inside the nasal cavities or in the natural creases of the nose. This will allow any scars to be naturally hidden.

The doctor will do as much of the procedure through the nasal opening as possible. He may remove cartilage along the edges or at the tip of the nose. He may shave down bone and cartilage to refine the bridge of the nose as well as the nasal tip. He may actually break the bones of the nose in order to reset the bones in a more pleasing way.

The surgeon will work carefully as it will be difficult to see the final product of his work for some weeks following the surgery. Once the changes have been made to the bones and cartilage, the surgeon will pack the nostrils with rolled gauze to preserve the new nasal shape and the surgery will be complete.