A rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure used to change the shape or appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty can also be performed to improve impaired nasal function caused by trauma or birth defects.
Rhinoplasty is the second-most common plastic surgery procedure in the United States, after breast augmentation, and is also the most common cosmetic surgery procedure among American teens. If you’re considering reshaping your nose, check out these answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty.
How old do I have to be for a nose job?
Technically speaking, a rhinoplasty can be performed after nasal growth is complete, usually around age 15 for girls and age 16 for boys. However, it’s important for patients to be emotionally mature enough to have realistic expectations for the surgery and to be able to comply with their doctors’ post-surgical instructions.
What can I expect during rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes around two hours. Depending on the treatment plan you discuss with your doctor, your surgeon may make an incision across the bottom of the nose between the nostrils, or may make an incision in the lining of the nostrils. Your doctor will rearrange the cartilage in the nose, and in some cases may have to break and rearrange bone. Rhinoplasty is nearly always done on an outpatient basis, so that you can go home the same day and begin your recovery.
What is the recovery period like after a nose job?
You will likely have to wear a nasal splint for 7 to 10 days following your procedure. Expect to have some swelling and bruising around your eyes, which could last up to two weeks. Avoid strenuous activity for up to four weeks following surgery.
When can I exercise after rhinoplasty?
Find out what your doctor recommends for your individual situation, but generally, you may be able to begin light activity, such as walking, 4 to 7 days after surgery. Stick to low-impact exercises, like elliptical machines, until four weeks after surgery. After that, you should be able to resume more strenuous activity, such as running, as long as it doesn’t hurt. A lot of pressure transmits up to your nose when you run, so use caution and avoid any activity that causes pain.
Can I fly after a nose job?
It’s best to wait at least 10 days after a rhinoplasty before getting on a plane. Flying can cause dryness, so be sure to humidify your nose if you do need to fly anywhere.
When will I see results?
Don’t expect to see a perfect new nose immediately after your surgery. It may take as much as two months for all of the swelling to go down, and some patients continue to see their nose becoming more refined over the following months.
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