The Rhinoplasty procedure has been through a lot of innovation over the years. There are many different situations that call for a rhinoplasty. Most people undergo the procedure for aesthetic reasons, one of which is to correct the shape of the nose.

Characteristics of the Nose Shape That Can Be Rectified With Rhinoplasty

Tip of the nose: Some might have a broad nose tip. This might make the nose look disproportionate on the whole.
Nose bridge: Though the structure of the nose bridge varies mainly based on genetics, there are other factors as well. The structure of the nose bridge is what defines the contours of the nose.
Pointy nose: A pointed nose tip can make the nose look like a beak.
Asymmetric nose: The overall symmetry of the nose might sometimes have to be corrected in some patients.

Besides the above mentioned factors there are a number of other aspects of the nose’s shape that might have to be corrected. Depending on the area to be corrected, the position of the incision and the length of the incision will also vary.


Once your surgeon evaluates your nose structure, he will give you an idea about the type of rhinoplasty technique is required to achieve your desired results. For most major corrections, an open rhinoplasty is done. This technique requires the incision to be made in the central portion of the nose in between the nostrils.

This is mainly done to correct the structure of the nose. This is also the method to correct the nose shape to some extent. One main advantage of this type of rhinoplasty is that your surgeon will be able to better see the area he needs to work on and allows for greater precision.

For nose reshaping that involves smaller changes, a closed rhinoplasty is done. With this technique, the incision is made within the nostrils. Though the level of correction possible here is less, the post-surgical marks that occur are hidden within the structure of the nose.

Recovery After A Reshaping Rhinoplasty

No matter what type of rhinoplasty is performed, you will be able to see visible changes in the shape of the nose after a few days. The recovery time, however, will vary depending on the extent of the procedure. Patients might experience minor inflammation during the recovery period.

To ease any associated discomfort involved, your doctor may prescribe medication after the surgery to help ease the pain away. Also you might be given antibiotics to tackle any possible infections.

The first two weeks after the surgery are the most crucial. On examining the area of incision, your doctor will be able to find out fast your body is recovering and may provide instructions on how you can speed up the process. After this you might be called in for follow-up sessions.

After this period, most patients are at a point where they can return to their normal lifestyle. You will be able to return to work, perform some physical activities, and take care of all of your daily chores.

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