Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

What is a Rhinoplasty?

Your nose is the most important aesthetic landmark. It helps create the overall look and beauty of your face. A rhinoplasty procedure can help reshape the contour of your nose to bring balance to your face.

Who is a good candidate for a Rhinoplasty?

Candidates should be in overall good health, and have realistic goals about this procedure. Rhinoplasty can help with the various abnormalities of the nose found from person to person. This procedure can also correct breathing issues or sports-related injuries to the nose. Talk to your USF Health plastic surgeon about the cosmetic and functional needs for your procedure in your initial consultation.

How is a Rhinoplasty performed?

Once anesthesia has been administered, your surgeon will make incisions inside of the nose or across the columella, the tissue separating your nostrils. Your surgeon will use cartilage from other areas of your body to reshape the structure of your nose, and finally re-drape nasal skin and tissue over the new shape of the nose before closing the incisions.

It is important to protect the nose after surgery with the use of external and internal splints, which commonly stay in place for up to a week. Swelling can be associated with nasal stuffiness and typically subsides within a week.

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