During a rhinoplasty or nose surgery procedure, which takes about two hours to perform, an incision is made on the rim of the nose and inside the nostrils, once healed the scars are practically invisible. Without disturbing the soft tissue of the nose, the surgeon gently reshapes the supporting structures that caused the external imperfection.
Unlike many other cosmetic surgery procedures for the face, rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is performed to correct flaws unrelated to the aging process. It can be performed as soon as the nose is fully grown, as early as 16 years of age. After age 45, Rhinoplasty can be performed, but the nasal tissues are thicker and, therefore, harder to sculpt during the procedure. No matter when rhinoplasty is performed, most patients are overwhelmed by both the cosmetic and functional improvement.
In Pittsburgh, rhinoplasty is performed in our state-licensed, nationally-accredited (AAAHC) surgery center located in Mt. Lebanon, PA by board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dominic Brandy, MD.
Rhinoplasty Post-Operative Recovery
Immediately following rhinoplasty, an external dressing will be positioned on the nose for five to seven days. Patients may experience some discomfort which can be managed with prescribed pain relievers and an ice pack. Swelling and discoloration of the eyes is common and will diminish in a week or two.*
Depending on the occupation, most individuals are comfortable returning to work seven to ten days after having nose surgery, however swelling and bruising may still be visible. Careful attention should be paid to bending over and lifting heavy objects for about three weeks after having a nose job as this can cause residual swelling. Exercise can typically be resumed three or four weeks after rhinoplasty nose surgery, however contact sports should be avoided for six to eight weeks, until the bone structure has had ample time to heal.
Results from nose surgery can be seen once the bandages are removed, however the full benefits of rhinoplasty surgery will not be realized for approximately one year after the nose surgery since the last one to two percent of swelling disappears very gradually.
*results may vary