RhinoplastyRhinoplasty (RIE-no-plas-tee) is surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The motivation for rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing or both.

The upper portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty can change bone, cartilage, skin or all three. Talk with your surgeon about whether rhinoplasty is appropriate for you and what it can achieve.

When planning rhinoplasty, your surgeon will consider your other facial features, the skin on your nose and what you would like to change. If you’re a candidate for surgery, your surgeon will develop a customized plan for you.

Sometimes part or all of a rhinoplasty is covered by insurance.


Why it’s done

Rhinoplasty can change the size, shape or proportions of your nose. It may be done to repair deformities from an injury, correct a birth defect or improve some breathing difficulties.



As with any major surgery, rhinoplasty carries risks such as:



An adverse reaction to the anesthesia


RhinoplastyOther possible risks specific to rhinoplasty include but are not limited to:

Difficulty breathing through your nose

Permanent numbness in and around your nose

The possibility of an uneven-looking nose

Pain, discoloration or swelling that may persist


A hole in the septum (septal perforation)

A need for additional surgery


How long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty?

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Rhinoplasty? A nasal splint is normally worn for the first week after rhinoplasty. You can expect swelling and some bruising around the eyes after surgery which will begin to improve after the third day, but lasts up to two weeks.


Is Nose Job painful?

Your nose may be stuffy and you may have trouble breathing for a short time. The skin on the tip of your nose may be numb. You may have some itching or shooting pain as the feeling returns. If bones were broken during your surgery, you will need to avoid injury to your nose for about 3 months.


Why do you get black eyes when you get a nose job?

It is called a black eye because of the bluish-dark color of the bruising in the tissue around the eye. This happens because the capillaries, or tiny blood vessels, have burst and leaked blood under the skin.


RhinoplastyWhat helps black eyes?

To take care of a black eye:

Apply a cold compress soon after the injury. …

Look for blood. …

Seek medical care immediately if you have vision problems (double vision, blurring), severe pain, bruising around both eyes, or bleeding in an eye or from the nose.

Apply warm-hot compresses.