Nose (Rhinoplasty)

Rhinoplasty is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the nose. This procedure can address many features of the nose, including the width, the appearance of the tip, and how straight the nose is.

How long will the procedure take?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure done under general anesthesia. It is a procedure that typically takes two hours and is done on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

Rhinoplasty incisions are typically hidden along the inner part of the nose and along the columella (the thin part of the nose that meets the upper lip).

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the extent of your procedure. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you in about one week. Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

What else should I know about rhinoplasty?

Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the surgical sites to help with post-operative pain. You may go home with a nasal splint and packing to help prevent injury and ensure better long-term results. This will be removed by your surgeon in about one week. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.