Procedure: 2-3 hours
Recovery: 7-10 days


Is your nose crooked or asymmetrical? Did you suffer a sports injury that left your nose literally bent out of shape? Or perhaps you inherited your father’s nose, complete with visible bumps or depressions, or it is larger or smaller than it should be to make your face more attractive and masculine.

Rhinoplasty, commonly called nose reshaping or a “nose job” may be for you.

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.

Rhinoplasty surgery can change:

  • Nose size in relation to facial balance
  • Nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils
  • Nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
  • Nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked
  • Nostrils that are large, wide, or upturned
  • Nasal asymmetry

Dr. O’Brien performs nose reshaping either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, which is the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.

Through these incisions, the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilage is gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.

Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

If you desire a more symmetrical nose, keep in mind that everyone’s face is asymmetric to some degree. Results may not be completely symmetric, although the goal is to create facial balance and correct proportion.

If the septum is deviated, it can be straightened and the projections inside the nose reduced to improve breathing.

How long is the recovery from rhinoplasty surgery?

For a few days following your nose reshaping, splints and gauze packing will likely support your nose as it begins to heal. While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully improve. During this time, you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome.

As your body ages, it is natural to have some gradual changes to your face including your nose. But most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

A healthy lifestyle and lifelong sun protection will help extend the results of your new appearance.


What are the main benefits of rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty surgery can correct a range of aesthetic defects to improve your overall facial appearance, including a nose that is too long, short, wide, or narrow, a nasal tip that is angled unnaturally, a nasal hump, pinched or flared nostrils, or asymmetry in the nose. These corrections can help to restore a sense of harmony to the face, as well as boost your confidence.

Is Rhinoplasty Painful?

While patients will not feel any pain during the procedure, as they will be put under general anesthesia, some discomfort may be felt during the healing process. Prescription or over-the-counter medications can help to control any discomfort during your recovery.

What is the difference between an open and closed rhinoplasty?

Both the open and closed rhinoplasty techniques can be used during this procedure. A closed rhinoplasty involves all incisions being created through the nostrils, while the open rhinoplasty involves the creation of an incision across the soft tissue dividing the nostrils, or the columella.

Both options have their own pros and cons, which can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. O’Brien.

Is there an age limit for getting rhinoplasty?

If a rhinoplasty procedure is being done solely for cosmetic reasons, and there are no underlying breathing issues present, it is recommended that patients wait until the nose is fully developed, which is about age 16 for females and age 18 for males. There is no age limit set for older patients.

How long should a patient wait after a rhinoplasty to undergo a revision procedure?

If a patient is disappointed in the results from a past rhinoplasty procedure, it is recommended that they wait until the nose is completely healed to undergo a revision rhinoplasty. If you are interested in a revision procedure, you can discuss your aesthetic goals with Dr. O’Brien during your consultation.

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