Definition - What does Rhinoplasty mean?

Rhinoplasty is the medical term for what you may know as a nose job. Also referred to as nose reshaping, rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that changes the look and even the function of the nose. It is generally an outpatient surgery, and it may be done at a hospital, clinic or in a medical office. In some cases, the surgery may require an overnight stay.

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The purpose of rhinoplasty may be either cosmetic or medical. Many times, the person may want the nose resized to be more in balance with the other features on the face. The width of the nose may be changed as well as the size of the nostrils. The surgery can correct the shape of the nose tip if it’s large, hooked or turned up. In some cases, it can even be used to make both sides of the nose more symmetrical. For those with a deviated septum, rhinoplasty can help clear the obstructed airway. When this is the purpose of the surgery, the goal is to improve the patient’s breathing. Some people may choose to have this surgery to remove bumps or other physical defects on the nose. The actual surgery is performed inside the nose to prevent any noticeable scars from the incision. The bone and cartilage may be removed or repositioned, tissue may be added or taken away, and the skin may be rearranged on the nose. The surgeon will put a splint on the outer portion of the nose to hold it in place during recovery. It will take about a week for the splint to be removed and another week for swelling to subside enough to see the final results.

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