Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Rhinoplasty, or as some patients call it – “a nose job” – is surgery performed on your nose. The purpose of this procedure is to correct or reconstruct the form of the nose, either to restore function or to achieve a desired aesthetic effect. It may do to correct imperfections, or birth defects, which could cause medical problems.

To date, there have been over 200,000 Rhinoplasty surgeries performed in the United States, most of which were done for the purpose of altering the shape of the nose. This procedure is one of the few procedures that can be done on an outpatient basis, meaning you won’t need to spend the night in the hospital. Also, the procedure is performed with the use of general and local anesthesia; therefore, your nose will be numb, and you will be fully asleep while the surgery is taking place.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

The procedure usually takes about an hour or two, except for extreme cases. Prior to the procedure, anesthesia will be administered to you through an IV. Then, the skin of your nose is cut and separated from the framework of bone and cartilage. Once this is completed, the specific changes the patient has requested can be made by the facial plastic surgeon. After the changes are completed, the skin is applied to the new framework. Following the surgery, a splint is applied to the nose in order to maintain its new shape. Nasal packs, or soft splints, might also be placed in the nostrils in order to stabilize the septum.


There will likely be some swelling and bruising around the nose, as well as around your eyes following the Rhinoplasty procedure. For most patients, the bruising and swelling will subside after the third day and should be fully healed after two to six weeks, revealing the final shape of your nose.

As with any surgical procedure, you’re encouraged to avoid unnecessary strenuous activity. Most facial plastic surgeons will recommend such avoidance for at least six weeks following the surgery. After six weeks, you can expect to resume the social activities that you’re accustomed to.

For more information on Rhinoplasty, and to find out if it may be right for you, contact Gulf Coast Facial Plastics today! We can help you make an informed decision about any facial plastic surgery you may be contemplating.



How much does a nose job cost?

The cost of a nose job, or rhinoplasty, can vary significantly based on the complexity of the surgery, the surgeon’s experience, and the geographic location of the practice. Generally, the cost ranges from $5,000 to $15,000. This estimate usually includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, and facility costs, but it’s important to discuss all potential expenses during your consultation to understand the full financial commitment.

How painful is a nose job?

Patients typically report that the pain associated with a nose job is minimal to moderate and can be effectively managed with prescribed pain medication. The first few days after surgery are often accompanied by some discomfort due to swelling and bruising, but these symptoms usually subside quickly. Many patients find that the recovery is much easier than anticipated, with discomfort being well controlled.

How long does a nose job last?

The results of a nose job are permanent. While the initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, the shape of your nose will continue to refine over the next 12 to 18 months. It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that while the surgery makes permanent changes, the natural aging process will continue to affect your facial features, including your nose.

Where are nose job scars?

In a standard rhinoplasty procedure, all incisions are made inside the nostrils, meaning there are no visible scars. In cases where an “open” technique is used, a small incision is made on the columella (the small strip of skin between the nostrils), resulting in a very small scar that typically heals well and becomes barely noticeable over time.

Can a nose job make your nose smaller?

Yes, a nose job can make your nose smaller by removing or reshaping the bone and cartilage. The procedure can be customized to meet the patient’s desired outcomes, whether that involves reducing the overall size of the nose, refining the nasal tip, or narrowing the nasal bridge. The goal is to create a harmonious balance with your other facial features.

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