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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Changing the shape or size of the nose enhances the balance of facial features. If breathing impairment is an underlying issue, insurance may cover the cost of rhinoplasty.

Procedure: 1-2 hours in surgery. Incisions inside the nose or hidden at the base of the nostril allow access to underlying cartilage and bone. Your cosmetic surgeon can smooth humps, narrow nasal bones, reshape the nostril tip, resize nostrils, improve the angle between the nose and upper lip and correct breathing difficulties related to structural irregularities. Click here for procedural renderings.

Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general anesthesia.

Length of Stay: Plan to stay at the Cosmetic Surgery Center for about half a day.

What to Expect: Oral medication and cold compresses can be used to relieve the initial discomfort of swelling, tenderness and headaches. You’ll see bruising, and may experience some bleeding and facial stiffness. Results appear within 6-8 weeks following surgery, though refinement may continue for a year or more. Because nasal cartilage is flexible, growing tissue, final results are not fully predictable.

Resuming activity: Plan to return to work in a week or two. More strenuous activities may be resumed in 2-3 weeks. Avoid hitting the nose or sunburn for at least 8 weeks.

Duration of results: Permanent.

Risks: Bleeding, infection, incomplete improvement. All surgeries carry risks associated with anesthesia.

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Robert J. Knowling, M.D., F.A.C.S.
at The Cosmetic Surgery Center of Huntsville

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