Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed in a surgery center usually under a general anesthetic. The procedure, from beginning to end, usually takes between 1-3 hours, depending upon the desired results of the procedure.
A rhinoplasty may be performed in two ways. The first is called a closed procedure, in which the incisions are made inside the nostrils where scarring will not be visible. The tissue across the top and sides of the nose will be manipulated from below.
The second type of rhinoplasty procedure is called an open procedure, and is performed by making an incision across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue between the nostrils. Both procedures are frequently used.