Rhinoplasty also called nose job or nose surgery is the most common cosmetic surgery. It improves the appearance and treats the breathing problems resulting from irregularities inside the nose. During the rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon makes an incision to access nasal bone and cartilage. The incisions mostly are created inside the nose which is invisible after the surgery. During the procedure, some parts of the cartilage or bone may be removed or in case of need some tissue may be added (either from another part of the body or using a synthetic filler). When the surgeon corrects the nasal bone and cartilage, the skin and tissue will fit over the new structure. Although, the type of nose and the procedure of absorbing stitches are other factors that can affect this process. Finally, a splint is placed outside the nose to support the new form during the recovery period.

Rhinoplasty procedure steps

Rhinoplasty procedure steps

If you are considering rhinoplasty you need to have sufficient information about the procedure and how it performs. Following are the rhinoplasty procedure:

Details of the surgery

Nose surgery can be applied either for cosmetic or health reasons including crooked or asymmetry nose, the visible bump on the nasal bridge, off-centered or enlarged nose, the droopy tip of the nose as well as breathing problems. A nose job can be applied in different ways and there is no two nose surgery procedure are exactly alike.


Rhinoplasty can be performed either under the local or general anesthesia but most surgeons prefer general anesthesia. Because in the local anesthesia the patient is awake and can hear the sound of shaving or breaking the bone. It can anxious the patient and causes to increase their blood pressure and lead some problems during the operation.


Rhinoplasty is performed by using a closed procedure or an open procedure. In the open technique, the surgeon makes a small incision under the nasal tip, between the nostrils, and the incisions are hidden inside the nose. In this approach, the surgeon has more access to the nasal structure and can reshape nose properly.

But in the close procedure, the surgeon makes incisions within the nose then separate the skin from the bone and cartilage. So he/she has access to the underlying structure and can do the correction.

Nose reshaping

This step includes removing bone or cartilage or even addition of cartilage grafts. The deviated septum will be straightened and the projection inside the nose will be reduced to improve breathing.

Closing the incision

In the final step, after reshaping the underlying structure, nasal tissue and skin will be recovered and incisions will be closed.

Recovery time

After the operation, your doctor places a splint on your nose to help your nose shape to heal. In some cases, nasal packs or splints placed inside the nostrils to fix the septum. Then you will send to the recovery room for a few hours. If everything is OK, you can go back home the same day of the operation.

The recovery time for rhinoplasty depends on different factors such as nasal bony and dissection but the average time for rhinoplasty recovery is about two or three weeks although as much as you can stay at home and rest, it would be better.

Rhinoplasty results

The results of rhinoplasty will be long-lasting. The first days after the nose surgery, there is some swelling and bruising around your nose and when swelling subsides, it will take about one year until your nose to fully refine. Following the rhinoplasty, the tip of your nose is very sensitive and can remain swollen and numb for several months. You need to be patient to see the final results of your surgery.

If you want to undertake a nose job you should have enough information about the procedure before the surgery. The best way is to consult with an expert rhinoplasty surgeon to give you all the necessary information and provide you the results you desire. A qualified cosmetic surgeon guides you about the appropriate nose shape that is matched with your facial structures.