Nose job/Rhinoplasty

About Nose job/Rhinoplasty

A rhinoplasty, also called nose surgery, nose job or septorhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure that changes the shape or improves the function of the nose.


The purpose of the surgery is to reshape the nose (either smaller or bigger) to make it fit better with other facial feature, or to resolve breathing problems. Possible surgical changes include, change in size, change in angle, change in nose or nostrils, septum correction or nasal polyp removal. 


The surgery may be performed by an ENT (ear, nose & throat) specialist, a plastic surgeon or a maxillofacial surgeon.  

time requirements

ICU stay

Not required

Minimum stay

1 to 2 weeks

Hospital stay

Not required / 1 night

Operation duration

1 to 2 hours

Anesthesia type


Back to work

1 week

Post visit

Not required

Before Nose job/Rhinoplasty

Before the procedure, patients will have an initial consultation session with the surgeon to align their expectations with possible results and outcomes. The consultation also includes photographing the nose from various angles. These shots will be used for assessing the long-term results of surgery and may be referred to during the surgery. Furthermore, the doctor will ask about any medication the patient takes and may ask not to take some before the surgery.


Besides above, there are some general recommendation as:


  • Bring all your medication records.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers containing ibuprofen and herbal supplements at least 10 days before to 3 weeks after the surgery as they may increase the bleeding possibility. 
  • Be fast on the day of surgery.
  • Let doctor know if you smoke or have any other habit.
  • Let doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Have a friend or family member as a company.

How is Nose job/Rhinoplasty performed?

The patient is usually administrated with local or general anesthesia before nose surgery begins. 


The surgeon will then make an incision to raise the skin that covers nasal bones and cartilage. The incision is either inside nostrils where has no visible scarring or outside of the nose at the base. Through the incision the surgeon will have access to reshape the structure of the nose using different methods such as rasping off the hump, shaving cartilaginous, removing fat from the tip, implanting bones, etc. If the septum is deviated it can be corrected to improve breathing. 


The surgeon will suture the incision at the end and will stabilize the nose using bandage if required. 


Anesthesia type

Nose job/Rhinoplasty

A nose job surgery either changes the shape of the nose or improves the function of the nose.

Recovery procedure

Possible discomfort

Patients should expect pain, temporary numbness, swelling, bruising, on and off drainage or bleeding, changes in sense of smell and discoloration around eyes for couple of days. All will gradually reduce and disappear.

Post procedure care

The rhinoplasty recovery period is not difficult and patients can usually return to work in a week, but there are certain recommendations that patients need to keep in mind after the surgery:


  • Have help getting back hotel for couple of days.
  • Use ice packs to reduce swelling and bruising around the eyes.
  • Rest with the head positioned above your chest in the first few days. 
  • Drink only cold liquids in the first 48 hours and avoid hard and chewy food.
  • The nasal splint or cast must remain for about ten days to two weeks on the nose and should not be wet or removed. 
  • Nose discharge is not allowed for a month.
  • Avoid running or other heavy activities for about a month. Also no excessive chewing, loud laughing, crying, smiling or other facial expressions that require lots of movements. 
  • Do not wear glasses for two months. Contact lens is allowed four or five days after the surgery. 
  • Do not use clothing that is worn from the head or is too tight in the first 2 weeks.


Rhinoplasty healing time is upto a year and the final nose shape will be revealed in around 11-12 months. 

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What you need to know

Not recommended for

  • Individuals suffering from hemophilia
  • Girls under 16 years old
  • Boys under 17 or 18 years old

Potential risk

  • Prolonged bleeding 
  • Permanent numbness 
  • Asymmetry look
  • Difficulty in breathing 
  • Skin discoloration or necrosis
  • Scarring
  • Septal perforation
  • Unhappiness with the result

Cost parameters

  • Type of correction i.e rhinoplasty with/without septum deviation 
  • Qualifications/expertise of the surgeon
  • Type of anesthesia 
  • Treatment method


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