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Rhinoplasty: What to Expect Before and After Surgery

The nose is central to the look and balance of the face. A lot of people are unhappy with the shape or size of the nose. This really affects their confidence and how they feel. To restore balance and feel good about your appearance, many people opt for rhinoplasty surgery. With back to back video chats and social media, people are much more aware of their looks. Although it’s a common type of plastic surgery, it’s normal to have a ton of questions to ask about the procedure and what to expect. 

What is Rhinoplasty?


Rhinoplasty is also known as a nose job. It’s a surgery of the nose that can correct and fix several issues. Whether it’s a wide nose, a bump, overall shape, or size, rhinoplasty can improve and create balance in the face. In addition to boosting self-esteem and making you feel more confident, rhinoplasty can also help alleviate breathing problems. 

There are two types of rhinoplasty surgery and here’s the difference:

Open rhinoplasty – the surgery is performed from outside the nose with a small incision on the columella (the tissue between the nostrils). 

Closed rhinoplasty – this type of surgery only involves incisions within the nostrils.

The best procedure for you depends on the results you’re looking to achieve. Your plastic surgeon will discuss this with you and choose the optimal route. 

What Should I Do Before Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Before and after cosmetic nose surgery.

Before your rhinoplasty surgery, it’s essential to ask as many questions as you need to. This will put any worries at ease and help you really understand the whole process. 

There will be a few things that your doctor will recommend to prepare for your surgery beforehand, including:

  • Stop smoking at least two weeks before and after the surgery.  
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen. 
  • Avoid sun damage the two weeks before your surgery, 
  • No eating or drinking up to six hours before.

How Long Does Rhinoplasty Surgery Take?

The surgery itself will take up to three hours but generally lasts around two hours. It will be under general anaesthetic. The time it takes will depend on the type of rhinoplasty you choose, the technique, and the results you’re looking to achieve.  

How Long is Recovery After Rhinoplasty Surgery? 

It’s a good idea to not assess your results in the first 14 days after your surgery. There will be swelling, and rest is absolutely crucial during this time. In the first 10 days, take time off work, rest, and give your body the chance to start healing. 

In the first week, try to refrain from moving your face as much as possible. Use ice to reduce swelling, avoid water coming into contact with your nose, eat soft foods, and don’t blow your nose. Your doctor will advise you how to change your bandages at home. Wait for the all-clear by your surgeon and avoid wearing glasses for at least four weeks. Recovery takes up to six weeks with full results taking up to a year to fully heal and swelling to go down.  

In general, the results of rhinoplasty surgery are permanent. As you age, your new nose will grow with you and naturally sit with the rest of your features. The decision to have a nose job is not something to take lightly. Make sure you do your research and choose an experienced plastic surgeon you trust. 

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