Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that corrects nasal problems, such as a deviated septum, while also providing an improved appearance. Many people elect to have a rhinoplasty procedure strictly for the cosmetic benefit. The following explains what the procedure can do, what to expect on surgery day, and how long the recovery can take.
The key to having the best experience with rhinoplasty is having reasonable expectations. Our doctors will work with you to completely understand your goals from the procedure. Those who are seeking correction for a breathing difficulty or a birth defect also make great candidates. It should be noted that anyone wanting or needing this procedure should be over age 16, due to growth considerations.
The procedure can be performed A Premier Image facility. One of our doctors, will give detailed instructions regarding eating, drinking and other activities prior to surgery day, and the patient will require another person to drive you home afterward. You can have the choice of being either lightly sedated, where they will be awake and aware but not able to feel pain, or be completely asleep. The procedure usually takes between one to two hours, and the patient will have a splint on the nose upon awakening.
The initial 24 hours after the procedure can present symptoms of headache, nose ache and puffiness. Pain can be controlled through over the counter pain relievers and you should stay in bed with the head in an elevated position. The following two to three days can bring bruising and swelling around the eye area, which usually subsides within 14 days. The nose may also feel stuffy for a few weeks afterward, and you must take care not to blow it while it is still healing on the inside. Minor bleeding is also normal in the first week after getting a nose job. The splint and any stitches should be removed from the nose after one to two weeks.
The entire healing process from a nose job can take several months to a year. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, contact our Atlanta offices today.