(Plastic Surgery of the Nose)
Reasons for Procedure
- Change or improve appearance
- Improve breathing
- Correct an injury or birth deformity
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- Poor healing of the skin
- Unsatisfactory cosmetic result or scarring
- Increased risk of nosebleeds
- Reaction to anesthetic
- Puncture of septum or collapse of nose bridge—rare
- Age—recommended age is after teen growth spurts and before middle age
- Prior nose surgery
- Prior trauma to the nose
- Medical problems
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- X-rays of the facial bones
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) or chest x-ray may be also required
- Take pictures of your nose before the procedure
- Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
- If you are having general anesthesia, do not eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- For the first few days after surgery, rest in bed with your head elevated to reduce swelling.
- Apply ice packs to your nose during the first 2 days. This will help to relieve discomfort.
- Take prescription or over-the-counter pain medications as directed by your doctor.
- Do not blow your nose at all during the first week. Do not blow your nose forcefully for one month.
- Protect your nose from any injury for 8 weeks. Do not wear glasses. Be careful when washing your face.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower or bathe.
- Avoid vigorous exercise for at least 3 weeks. Avoid contact sports for 6 months.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Persistent elevated temperature
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
- Any new symptoms
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery http://www.aafprs.org
American Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.org
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Nasal surgery. American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Facial Plastic Surgery website. Available at: http://www.aafprs.org/patient/procedures/rhinoplasty.html. Accessed August 26, 2013.
Nose surgery: rhinoplasty. American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/nose-surgery-.html. Accessed August 26, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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