Melissa Hu, MD
BOARD CERTIFIED FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON
It's natural to take steps to look your best
Rhinoplasty can often result in dramatic changes, not only in breathing but in your physical appearance. Reasons to have a rhinoplasty range from difficulty breathing after nasal trauma, congenital malformations that may affect the function or appearance of the nose, or simply being born with a nose that doesn’t quite fit the balance and symmetry of your face.
DetailsRhinoplasty can involve sculpting of the nasal bones, repositioning and molding cartilage of the nasal tip. The width of the nose may be narrowed through skin incisions. Cartilage grafts may also be used to enhance the nose and ensure stability and function of the nose.
IncisionsIf incisions are made for rhinoplasty, they are strategically hidden in the shadows under the nose. When the nostrils are reduced in size, incisions are hidden in the creases around the nose so that they heal without a trace.
RecoveryIt takes about two weeks to recover from a rhinoplasty. By this time, swelling and bruising have largely resolved to be socially presentable. Swelling persists long after surgery. On average, 80% resolves after one month. 90% resolves after 9 to 12 months. Complete resolution of swelling may take 1-2 years.
PreparingTo decrease bruising, aspirin & NSAIDs should be stopped at least 10 days prior to surgery. Arnica may be taken starting a couple days before to help with bruising and swelling. Smoking should be stopped 6 weeks prior to surgery.
After CareFollow all postoperative instructions. Keep your head elevated for the first week. Apply ice for the first 3 to 4 days. Continue arnica until bruising resolves. Ensure good nutrition. Smoking cessation should continue for 6 weeks after surgery.