The purpose of a rhinoplasty or nose job procedure is to correct the deformities of a nose and create a cosmetically pleasing nose. Sometimes during this surgery, we also correct the structures inside the nose (septum and turbinates) that have caused airway obstruction. This part of the procedure that is considered “reconstructive” is usually covered by a patient’s insurance.

The main goal of a rhinoplasty is to improve the outside of the nose without creating any problems with breathing. In cases where there is a breathing issue prior to surgery, the goal of a rhinoplasty is to correct that problem as well.

There are two types of rhinoplasty procedures. Both methods work well and are used by plastic surgeons. The two types include “open” and “closed” rhinoplasty. My preference is “closed” rhinoplasty. “Closed” rhinoplasty is considered a less invasive method that creates minimal bruising and swelling. The recovery time following closed rhinoplasty is relatively fast.

Following surgery, a splint will be placed on the outside of the nose. Ten days after surgery when the splint is removed from the nose there is almost no bruising and minimal swelling. I use local anesthesia with sedation and perform the rhinoplasty procedure at an outpatient facility. Patients could resume all their normal activities in ten days without showing any sign of surgery on their noses except that the nose looks natural and beautiful.