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what's rhinoplasty like?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Nasal reshaping: Rhinoplasty is the operation which is used to correct the shape of the nose. This can be done for cosmetic or functional reasons. There are a variety of different approaches and techniques which are used depending on what areas of the nose need to be changed. This is often done as an outpatient under general anesthesia. Recovery is usually relatively mild, with minimal pain.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Varies: Depends on how much needs to be done, but it is usually done under anesthesia and takes 1-2 hours. The procedure is outpatient, and you usually need a week off work. Full healing takes 1 year.
Dr. Nima Shemirani
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Rhinoplasty surgery: Dear idovekids, rhinoplasty surgery is well tolerated with little pain or discomfort. The overall satisfaction rate is extremely high. It is done with some sedation anesthesia so you are very comfortable. For more questions on what is possible, please see a rhinoplasty surgeon for more answers. Best, nima shemirani.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Outpatient procedure: Rhinoplasty is a common outpatient procedure usually done with a general anesthetic - you are asleep. It normally takes 1-2 hours and can either be done completely from inside your nose or perhaps a small external incision at the base of the nose. This can be done to change the shape of the nose or to improve breathing - and often both at the same time!
Dr. Anthony Sclafani
Facial Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Rhinoplasty: Rhinoplasty generally takes between 60-150 minutes, during which time the surgeon reshapes and often improves the function of the nose. It can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia, and there is generally no significant pain during or after the surgery. Most patients complain of a stuffy nose for a week and bruising for 2 weeks. Most patients are back at work in 7-10 days.
Dr. Norman Pastorek
Facial Plastic Surgery 57 years experience
Rhinoplasty: The outpatient procedure can last one to two hours. I prefer a technique called closed or endo-rhinoplasty, which involves making only internal incisions, so you will have no visible scars. I’ve found that this approach also contributes to a more rapid recovery. Once i’ve made the incision, i gently elevate the skin and then shape the bone and cartilage to achieve your desired look. Afterward, i re-drape the skin and use tiny, dissolving stitches to close the incision. Finally, to aid healing and maintain its new shape, i’ll place a thin protective splint on your nose.
Dr. Tanveer Janjua
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Rhinoplasty is fun: It is a very gratifying procedure for both the patient and the surgeon. From patient's perspective it is one to three hours of general anesthesia , one week of no work or school and 3weeks if no contact sports. The pain is not bad but nasal packing can be uncomfortable.
Dr. Jeremy White
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Outpatient: Rhinoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure. The nose gets stuffy from swelling postoperatively, but the pain is very tolerable. Procedures can be done to improve breathing simultaneously, but breathing gets worse before it gets better usually. Expect bruising around the eyes if the nasal bones are moved and swelling of the nasal tip if the tip is manipulated.
Dr. Brian Maloney
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Rhinoplasty Recovery: For most patients rhinoplasty is about a one week recovery. They wear a splint on the outside of the nose for a week. I do not use packing on the inside of the nose, which was responsible for a lot of the swelling, bruising, and pain commonly associated with the procedure. Most patients report little discomfort following the surgery.
Dr. Henry Mentz
Cosmetic Surgery 37 years experience
Rhinoplasty: The purpose of nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is to improve the appearance of the nose, to help it fit the face in a complementary way that is harmonious with other facial features. Rhinoplasty may be performed using either a closed procedure where the incisions are hidden inside the nose or an open procedure where an incision is made across the narrow strip of tissue that is between the nostrils.

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A 26-year-old female asked:

Ive heard there is a nonsurgical alternative for rhinoplasty. How does this work?

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Dr. Andre Berger
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Injectable Fillers: Injection rhinoplasty is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure utilizing injectable fillers such as restylane, (dermal fillers) juvederm, Radiesse or artefill. It works best to straighten or to improve the look of noses with bumps or dips, but is not useful to issues related to the tips of noses. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes and results can last months to years, depending on the filler used.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to get rhinoplasty when you have a cold?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Wait for the OR: As a surgeon the first rule is minimize risk. Having a cold means that you are not in perfect health. The cold can affect your breathing, irritate your lungs and airway. You should not have anesthesia when you are sick. It may be inconvenient but it is much safer.
Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Any systemic infection is a NO NO to having any kind of surgery. Please re schedule when you are better.
Feb 2, 2012
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long will recovery time be for a nosejob?

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Post surgery: It depends on your overall health. More medical or complex medical issues, the longer is the recovery.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to fully recover from a cosmetic rhinoplasty?

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Dr. Sunil Ummat
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 35 years experience
Up to one year: Although most doctors say that the healing from a rhinoplasty is over in 6 months, it can take up to a year to fully recover.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Depends on "fully recover." Pain after rhinoplasty is not severe, and most swelling and bruising is gone in 4 weeks. The nose is sensitive if touched at that point, but not much more. After 4 weeks, there are some subtle changes in the nose, but most of the healing is done.
Aug 12, 2012
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can I determine what my rhinoplasty would look like?

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Dr. Maurice Sherman
Plastic Surgery 54 years experience
Computer imaging: There is only one answer. Locate a surgeon who has a computer imaging capability in his office and performs the imaging himself. After taking your picture, he will alter the image to show you a post op results. You can provide your input while he works, and the doctor gets to realize if your expectations are realistic. A win/win for both the patient and the doctor!

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