A rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job,  is a surgical procedure that alters the shape and size of the nose. This procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon and is designed to change the appearance of the nose, making it more proportionate to the face and improving overall facial harmony.

There are two main types of rhinoplasty:

Cosmetic rhinoplasty

This type of procedure is performed solely for aesthetic reasons. It is used to change the shape, size, or proportion of the nose to improve the overall appearance of the face. This can include reducing the size of the nose, changing the shape of the tip, narrowing the nostrils or lowering the dorsum. 

Functional rhinoplasty

This type of procedure is performed to improve the function of the nose. It is used to correct structural problems such as a deviated septum or a crooked nose. This can also include improving breathing problems caused by a blocked nasal passage.

Before the procedure, the patient will have a consultation with the plastic surgeon to discuss their goals and expectations. The surgeon will also examine the patient’s nose and take measurements to ensure that the surgery will be safe and effective.

The procedure itself typically takes between 3 to 4 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make incisions inside the nose or across the columella (the strip of skin that separates the nostrils) to access the underlying structure of the nose. They will then reshape the bone and cartilage to achieve the desired shape and size.

After the surgery, the patient may experience some swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes. The patient will also need to wear a splint on their nose for the first week after the surgery to support the new shape.

Recovery time can vary from person to person, but most patients can return to work or school within a week or two. It can take up to a year for the final results of the surgery to be visible, as the nose will continue to heal and settle over time.

Overall, a nose job is a safe and effective procedure that can improve the appearance and function of the nose. It is important to have realistic expectations and to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to ensure the best results.


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