Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is performed in the surgeon’s office, at an outpatient surgical facility,  or in a hospital. Most procedures are on an outpatient basis, although complex procedures may require a short overnight stay. Either local or general anesthesia may be used. Incisions are often made inside the nostrils or base of the nose, allowing the cartilage and bone to be sculpted into the desired form.

THE NOSE SURGERY PROCEDURE

If the nostrils need reshaping, small wedges of skin can be excised from the base, bringing the edges closer together to improve nasal breathing. The septum also may be reshaped or partially removed. After nose surgery, there will be a “full” feeling to the facial area, some nasal discomfort, and perhaps a dull headache controllable with pain medications.

AFTER NOSE SURGERY

Most patients spend the first 24 hours in bed with their head elevated on a pillow. Swelling and bruising around the eyes is common for the first few days but can be reduced with cold compresses. Within one or two weeks all dressings, splint, and sutures are removed and the “full” feeling subsides. Most patients avoid work or social situations during the first week of recovery and strenuous activity must be limited for the first few weeks. Results from nose surgery are long-term.

As with any medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with rhinoplasty, which should be discussed with Dr. Schusterman.

If Nose Surgery interests you, and you would like to learn more, contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.

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