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What Is Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)?

Rhinoplasty, nasal surgery, or “nose job” is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. Rhinoplasty can three-dimensionally reshape, reduce or augment the nose in order to provide facial balance. Correcting nasal deformities, such as reducing a nasal hump or refining a wide nasal tip can help achieve facial harmony and definitely boost self-confidence. Rhinoplasty is not only a cosmetic procedure, but may be performed as a reconstructive procedure to correct a birth defect, fix an injury such as a broken nose, and/or improve airflow through the nose.

Rhinoplasty Consultation:

Rhinoplasty may be performed for functional and cosmetic reasons. Dr. Papanicolaou will evaluate the external nose as well as the internal nose to determine if functional correction is needed. Combining nose reshaping with septoplasty and/or turbinate reduction can effectively treat certain breathing problems, such as those caused as a result of a broken nose or deviated septum.

Who Are The Best Candidates For Rhinoplasty?

The best candidates for rhinoplasty:

  • Are at least 15 years old in females and 17 years old in males

  • Individuals Who Are generally healthy

  • Non-Smokers

  • Individuals seeking rhinoplasty for personal reasons, not pressure from others

  • Individuals Who Have realistic goals for the procedure

  • Individuals Who May have had previous nasal trauma, such as a broken nose

  • Individuals Who May have had a previous septoplasty only

  • Individuals Who Have Breathing problems, such as mouth breathing and/or snoring

Recovery From Rhinoplasty Surgery?

For a short time after surgery, patients may experience puffiness, nose ache or a dull headache, some swelling and bruising, bleeding or stuffiness. Most patients feel like themselves within two days and return to work in about a week. Dr. Papanicolaou does place a nasal splint on the nose and silicone splints in the nose in the surgery. All splints and stitches are removed in one week. Normal activity can be resumed in 3 weeks.


The results of rhinoplasty become gradually apparent as the days pass after surgery and swelling recede. Swelling may reappear from time to time in the first year after the procedure. It is typically more noticeable in the morning and fades during the day.

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