The Nose Job

If you want to change your nose, then a nose job--known medically as "rhinoplasty"--is the way to go. This procedure can make changes both significant and subtle depending on your desired final results.

Rhinoplasty, or surgery of the nose, is a very personal procedure and it is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed today. Patients of rhinoplasty are both young and old, and seek out this procedure for corrective reasons, as well as cosmetic. The nose is the center of the face, and is the first thing most people see when they look at you. Being happy and confident with the size and shape of your nose is very important to your self-esteem, and rhinoplasty can help you achieve your desired results.

Candidates /Motivation for Procedure

Facial growth is complete around the age of 13, and anyone who is physically healthy and has realistic expectations of their procedure make good candidates for rhinoplasty. Nose surgery can be done to correct imperfections in size and shape, as well as fix things like deviated septum’s, which may be making breathing or sleeping difficult. Because this is such a highly individualized procedure, results will vary for everyone and it is important to discuss these expectations with your doctor during your cosmetic surgery consultation.

Procedure Description

Rhinoplasty is a very common surgical procedure that is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Different incisions or techniques may be used depending on your individual needs:

Closed procedures are performed using incisions that are hidden inside of the nose. Scarring will be internal, and not visible from the outside.

An open procedure involves making an incision across the columella (the area between the nostrils.) Tissue will then be raised gently, allowing for restructuring and reshaping of the nose.

Cartilage is often taken from other areas of the body (most commonly the ear) and used to reshape the nose.

Additional incisions can also be made to shape and resize nasal openings.

All rhinoplasty procedures are completely unique, and surgeons take special care to make sure the results you desire are achieved.


All cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries come with their fair share of side effects and risks. Some rhinoplasty patients experience swelling, bleeding, infection, bruising, and rupturing of small vessels around the nose. Negative side effects are often rare in healthy nose surgery patients and it is important to follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions closely to assure safe recovery.


Recovery time for rhinoplasy varies from patient to patient, but most will see long lasting results during the first year after surgery. Swelling plays a large part in the recovery process, and many patients swelling fully dissipates within months of their surgery. Discuss your recovery with your surgeon to make sure you are healing properly. Although the results of nose surgery are typically permanent, cartilage may grow and reshape itself, causing movement that may alter your results over time. Follow up rhinoplasty procedures are common, though many patients do experience results they love the first time.