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Nose Job (Rhinoplasty): Procedure, Need and Recovery

Nose Job (Rhinoplasty): Procedure, Need and Recovery

by Azka Munir · August 11, 2021

Does the shape of your nose interfere with your ability to breathe properly? Or does it make you underconfident? How about going for a nose job?

Rhinoplasty helps to reshape the nose to improve its function or aesthetics.

This article discusses its need, procedure and aftercare so that you can prepare for this treatment.



You may need a rhinoplasty to correct a birth defect or injury.

Moreover, it can help to improve your breathing function.

You can also get it to enhance your aesthetics if the shape and size of your nose bother you.

It is perfectly fine to get nose surgery for all these reasons and none is inferior to another based on social concepts.

nose job need

If you plan to get a rhinoplasty, look for the best plastic surgeon in town and discuss your condition with them.

You are a perfect candidate if you do not have any medical concerns and are physically healthy.

Moreover, your facial growth is complete and you have quit smoking or never smoked.

The best candidate also has realistic expectations regarding the surgery.

Remember that faces are actually asymmetrical.

Hence, if you want to change the shape and size of your nose, you should not expect a photoshopped nose but a realistic one.

woman checking her face structure

What Can a Nose Job Change

Changing the angle, shape and size of your nose helps to make it more proportionate to your nose.

Hence, your plastic surgeon can change the nose size in accordance with the facial balance.

Furthermore, they can change the size of the nostrils or their shape if they are wide, upturned or large.

If your nose bridge has humps and depressions, then a rhinoplasty can easily treat your nose profile to make it more refined.

Correcting nasal symmetry and nose width at the nostrils or in the bridge is part of the procedure.

Besides, there is also the nasal tip.

A large, drooping, hooked and bulbous nose can be easily fixed.

Though, these are the aesthetic reasons to fix your nose.

You can also get surgery to fix construction in your airways.

In a deviated septum, one of your nasal passages is smaller than the other because the nasal septum is inclining more towards one side.

Then your surgeon carefully assesses your nasal structure to make adjustments to improve alignment.

This allows the airflow to move through your nose smoothly without posing any breathing problems.

A rhinoplasty procedure makes changes to the skin, nasal bone and cartilage of the nose.

The lower part is known as the cartilage while the upper is the bone.

Your surgeon makes a customized plan according to your expectations, skin on your nose and facial features.

Keeping these in mind helps them to guide you about the end results.

They will also take your nose job before and after pictures so that you can compare the results post-surgery.

Furthermore, they will ask about your previous surgeries, supplements and medications.

Along with that, they will tell you about the surgical risks and post-surgery considerations.

Find more on that below!

Finally, they will suggest a course of treatment.



Before you begin your procedure, your doctor will take a look at your medical history and the treatment site.

Skin thickness and strength of the cartilage can impact the procedure and results.

Moreover, they will also tell you the risks before you proceed forward.

nose job procedure

The common risks are:

There are also rarer risks that may occur after your procedure.

You may find it difficult to breathe than before and sense numbness in and around your nose.

This can get permanent.

Furthermore, swelling, discoloration, scarring and pain can occur in your nose for a long time.

What’s worse is the nose not looking like your expectations.

There is always a risk of getting a more uneven look according to your facial symmetry.

In fact, this requires additional surgery.

However, these are still rare risks and side effects.

There is a greater chance of the procedure being successful.

So, you can proceed to it without worrying much but keeping the risks in mind.

woman during consultation with plastic surgeon

Step 1: Before the Procedure

Before you begin the procedure, you have probably already consulted your doctor.

Next, they will tell you to stop consuming some food and medicines to ensure the treatment is a success.

Stop eating a few hours before the surgery.

Also, do not take medicines like ibuprofen and aspirin, two weeks prior to the procedure.

They can increase bleeding during and after the procedure.

Hence discuss your medications in detail with your doctor.

They can suggest you stop taking supplements, over-the-counter drugs and herbal medicines as well.

Furthermore, you should stop smoking before the procedure.

Smoking delays healing. This can pose a risk of infection after the surgery.

Do not smoke or take these drugs both before and after the procedure.

This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.

Therefore, you will need someone to accompany you to take you back.

There will be no overnight stay but you will take time to get off the anesthesia.

Step 2: Nose Job Procedure


Your surgeon will give local or general anesthesia depending on the complexity of the procedure.

Local anesthesia will only numb the particular part i.e. your nose.

Furthermore, they will sedate you using an Intravenous drip.

Hence, even if you are awake you are under sedation and will not feel pain.

You can leave after your procedure is done and you gain proper consciousness.

On the other hand, general anesthesia is for more complicated procedures.

You will need a breathing tube throughout the procedure.

Moreover, you will be unconscious through the procedure as you will inhale the drug or take it throughout the procedure via an IV line.

Incisions in nose

There are two types of nose surgery.

A closed rhinoplasty and open rhinoplasty.

In a closed procured, they make the cut inside the nose.

Whereas in the open procedure, the incision is at the columella.

This is a narrow strip of tissue in your nose that separates both nostrils.

Making these incisions gives access to alter the shape of the bone or cartilage as it raises the skin.

They will proceed to change the size and shape of the nose by adjusting the bone and cartilage.

Your surgeon can make small changes using cartilage found deeper in the nose or ears and larger ones using it from ribs or bone.

They change the shape by altering the bone and cartilage and then put the skin back on the nose.

Finally, they will close the incisions.

Moreover, they will treat a deviated septum similarly by straightening it and reduce projections.

This helps to improve breathing function.

As the surgery ends, you will return to wakefulness in a while and then proceed to leave.


Nose Job Recovery

You can leave immediately but your recovery will take time.

A splint is put inside your nose and outside.

This provides support to the structure until it fully heals.

You will wear it at least for a week.

The dressings also remain in place for a week.

rhinoplasty recovery

There can be bleeding or mucous drainage from your treatment area after the surgery and when your doctor removes the dressings.

Your doctor knows that so they will insert a drip pad inside your nose so that it absorbs the drainage.

Moreover, they will guide you on how to change the gauze.

As soon as you return home after the procedure, raise your head by placing pillows underneath it.

This can help reduce the bleeding and swelling.

Though swelling and bruising in the eye area can last for a few days.

Moreover, your nose will be congested for some time.

Make sure that you follow your doctor’s advice on caring for your surgery site.

You can further reduce any chances of extensive swelling by skipping exercises like jogging and running.

Avoid that for at least 6 weeks after surgery.

Brush gently to not disturb the area over the lip.

Also remember to not blow your nose, taking baths and not showers, also not smiling or laughing to avoid facial disturbance.

Wear shirts that you can button up or zip up rather than pull over your head.

Moreover, avoid anything that puts a strain on your treatment site.

You may not want to have constipation during this time which can lead you to put pressure on your nose.

If you wear glasses, tie them to your forehead, rather it is best to wear lenses to not cause a strain.

rhinoplasty before and after results


You will not immediately see changes in the structure of your nose.

In fact, the full results will only be apparent after a year as your nasal contour refines.

During this time, your nose structure will keep changing.

Remember, that the nose is a body part that keeps changing throughout your life.

Hence, the results can differ from your expectations.

In that scenario, you can always get another surgery (revision rhinoplasty) at least a year later.

Though, the results of a single surgery will last long.

A few millimeters difference can change the symmetry and look of your entire face.

To prevent aging from showing its effects on your surgical site, keep using a good skincare routine and sunscreen.


A nose job can be cosmetic surgery and a plastic surgery procedure.

Getting it for aesthetics is not inferior to getting it for medical purposes.

If correcting your nose gives you confidence and improves your quality of life then don’t think twice about it.

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