Nose Surgery (rhinoplasty/septoplasty)

Nose surgery, also called rhinoplasty or septoplasty, changes the shape or proportions of the nose to create better symmetry and balance, or, combined with septoplasty, to repair irregularities in the nose structure to make breathing easier.

Procedure

Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose by reducing or increasing its size, removing hump, changing the shape of the nose tip or bridge, narrowing the nostril span, or altering the angle between the nose and upper lip. Usually performed as an outpatient procedure under general or local anesthesia, nose surgery lasts between 1 and 2 hours. Potential risks can include infection, small burst blood vessels (resulting in tiny, permanent red spots), or incomplete improvement, requiring additional surgery. It's important to discuss the procedure candidly with your surgeon before making a decision, so that you obtain the best results through the safest procedures. If it corrects breathing issues, some nose surgery may be covered by health insurance.

Results

The results of nose surgery will vary depending on the nature and extent of surgery. These results are permanent, however, though it may take up to a year or more for the final outcomes to emerge. Nose surgery patients can return to work within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery, but will need to refrain from strenuous activities for 2 to 3 weeks, and avoid hitting the nose or getting sunburn for up to 8 weeks. Temporary side effects may include swelling, bruising around the eyes or nose, headaches, or some bleeding and stiffness. Find out if you’re a candidate for nose surgery! Contact Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery to set up a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon!