Reshaping of the nose (Rhinoplasty) is one of the most common plastic surgical procedures. Thousands of people every year choose this procedure to change the size or shape of their noses. Rhinoplasty can change the size of your nose, change the angle between your nose and your upper lip, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, or narrow the width of the nostrils. It may also correct birth defects or breathing problems.
Teenagers are best treated after their growth spurt, around age 14-15 for girls and 15-16 for boys.
Rhinoplasty is usually done on an outpatient basis, in the surgeon’s office, an outpatient surgical facility or in a hospital. Complex procedures may require an overnight hospital stay. Rhinoplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia. An external splint on the nose may be required for about one week after the operation.
A rhinoplasty procedure usually takes 1-2 hours, though complicated procedures may take longer. Most rhinoplasty patients return to school or simple work within a week.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks which should be discussed with your surgeon.
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