There are many reasons why someone would want to have nose surgery, or rhinoplasty. Often, it’s because of the appearance of the nose, but also it is a matter of function.
Here are eight things you should know about nose surgery and whether you are a candidate for this popular procedure:
- Aesthetics are the most common reason why someone considers a nose surgery. Some of the most common concerns: the nose is out of proportion with the rest of the face, the tip is too bulbous or it droops, the nose is crooked, there is a bump or depressions on the bridge, the nostrils are too flared or the sidewalls are depressed.
- Injury to the face may lead some patients to seek nose surgery. Taking a ball, bat or hockey stick to the nose may lead to a crooked or misshapen nose.
- If you have functional problems such as restricted or blocked nasal passages, then you may be experiencing impaired sleep and a reduced quality of life. Nose surgery can improve airflow and quality of life, all while improving aesthetics at the same time.
- Surgery won’t be performed until the patient is finished with facial growth. For girls, this may be around age 15 or 16; for boys, this is usually at least age 17.
- After surgery, most swelling resolves within two to three weeks. Patients may experience some swelling for several months.
- Most patients can return to work within seven to 10 days after the splint and sutures have been removed. Light activities can resume three to four weeks after surgery, but you should avoid strenuous activities for six weeks.
- While you will see results improve each day after surgery, the final surgery results may take six months to a year.
- Some patients have come to our office for a revision or secondary rhinoplasty to correct bad results from previous nose surgeries. Dr. Wiener is experienced in revision surgery and can correct bad nose surgeries done elsewhere.