Rhinoplasty or nose lift procedure is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to improve the shape of the nose. It is an outpatient procedure that usually lasts for at least an hour or so, with a recovery period to resume normal non-strenuous activities of up to one week.


Rhinoplasty changes the shape of the nose to match the symmetry and look desired by the patient. (Photo Credits)

The International Society of Plastic Aesthetic Surgery says that while rhinoplasty may be primarily sought to enhance the shape of the nose, it too is being done to improve the nose’s functionality.

“The surgery can improve the way your nose looks by reducing or increasing its size, by filling in a divot or removing a hump, or by setting a crooked nose straight. But it can also be performed for “functional” reasons, such as to improve breathing difficulties or to correct an injury that happened through trauma.” Read more here.

The procedure is undertaken under general anesthesia or local anesthesia plus sedation.  And while it is usually done in the Doctor’s office, it will still require the patient to have a t least someone who will drive them home and stay with them for a day or two for assistance.

The Mayo Clinic has discussed in its website what can be expected following the surgical procedure. “In most cases, the internal dressings remain in place for one to seven days after surgery. Your doctor also tapes a splint to your nose for protection and support. It’s usually in place for about one week. Slight bleeding and drainage of mucus and old blood are common for a few days after the surgery or after removing the dressing.” Check out the rest of the post-surgery information here.

Rhinoplasty is not a simple aesthetic surgery procedure. It takes an expert cosmetic surgeon to undertake Rhinoplasty with ease, and with the results that the patient will be happy about. It has a very small margin of error given the size and shape of noses. And as they say, even the most subtle, minimal change in the appearance, can change how the whole nose will appear. And when the shape of the nose is altered, so is general appearance of the whole face.