Nasal enhancement (Rhinoplasty) can be performed to increase or reduce the size of the nose. It is also performed to modify the size and shape of the nostrils, tip or bridge of the nose, or to alter the slope and angle of the nose. Rhinoplasty is usually performed under local or general anesthesia in an outpatient surgical facility. In most procedures, the skin of the nose is cut and lifted away from the bone and cartilage framework beneath, which is then shaped and sculpted as desired. (Dr. Rosenthal may elect to make the incision from inside the nose, depending on the nature of the surgery). The skin is then redraped over the “new” framework, and a splint is applied to help your nose maintain its new form. In some cases, nasal packs or soft splints may be inserted in the nostrils to provide additional stability.
Following surgery, bruising, swelling and discomfort can be expected. However, this can be alleviated with cold compresses and the appropriate indication prescribed by your doctor. (The most visible swelling and bruising are usually gone within two weeks). Splints, stitches, and packing are removed in about one week, and you can usually return to work or non-strenuous activities within a week or two. Strenuous activities may be resumed at six weeks.