Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Quick Facts

Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgcry procedures. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip, or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect, injury, or help relieve some breathing problems


Procedure Reshape the nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. May also relieve some breathing problems.
Length 1 to 2 hours
Anesthesia Usually general
In/Outpatient Outpatient
Temporary Side Effects Temporary bruising and swelling
Recovery Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid hitting nose or sunburn: 8 weeks. Final appearance: 1 year or more
Duration of Results Permanent

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons website is a source of more information on rhinoplasty surgery.