Reshaping or improving the appearance of the nose can be done in a number of ways: by reducing the size, by straightening, raising or lowering, by removing bumps, curves or ridges and by contouring the shape of the bridge of the nose in alignment with the tip.

Surgical/Procedure Name

Augmentation Rhinoplasty alarplasty
Augmentation Rhinoplasty
Reduction Rhinoplasty with Septoplasty

Common Name

Nose Surgery
Nose Job

Surgical Procedure

There are several techniques used to perform this procedure. An incision may be made under the rim, or within the nose, and the soft tissue separated. The bone and cartilage is then re-sculpted and the skin sealed with fine sutures to minimize scarring. Patients with fine deviated septum may have it corrected during surgery to improve breathing problems. Prior to surgery, your surgeon may place drops in your nose to eliminate bleeding during surgery and constrict blood vessels.


2-5 hours


Local anesthesia or general anesthesia - discussed with your surgeon.

Pre Operative Care

Before surgery, please inform your surgeon of any allergies, all medical conditions, and any medication that you are taking (both prescription and non-prescription).

To eliminate the chance of post op. bleeding, you should avoid aspirin and any medication containing aspirin for 2 weeks prior to surgery. You should also not smoke for 1-2 months prior to surgery as smoking can affect your reaction to the anesthetic and slow down the healing process. Patients who suffer from hypertension must inform the surgeon prior to surgery.

Post Operative Care

Following surgery, your surgeon may ask you to wear a splint to support the position of the nasal bones. This usually stays in place for about 2 weeks. Gauze packing inside your nose may also be needed to avoid bleeding. This is usually removed the day after surgery. During the first 3 days following surgery, it is highly encouraged to rest and avoid any activities that will increase heart pumping which cause further bleeding and more swelling. Keep lying in the high head position and in a cool place. Keep applying a cold pack over the nose, eye and cheek area. Avoid nasal wound breaking from trying to remove any scab.

Risks and Complications

Like all surgical procedures, rhinoplasty surgery has its own set of risks and side effects.


Knowing what complications may arise, as well as what can prevent them, will help patients enjoy a positive experience.

Possible Complications
  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Adverse Reaction to anesthesia
  • Need for second or more procedures

In order to prevent any serious difficulties, patients are strongly urged to follow all instructions provided by their surgeon.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner