Preparation and Recovery for a Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty surgery can not only change or improve the look of your nose and the overall appearance of your face, but it can also help resolve breathing issues caused by injuries to the nose or birth deformities, or a deviated septum. Although it is a slightly invasive surgical procedure, it has been proven safe and, with some preparation and the right expectations, can provide great results.

Whether it is performed for cosmetic reasons to improve aesthetics and appearance or out of a medical need to resolve or improve breathing issues, a rhinoplasty procedure is relatively easy. Your specific needs and purpose for the procedure will have an impact on how the surgery is performed.

While you are under general anesthesia, the surgeon will make small incisions that will be hidden after the procedure and lift the skin of the nose to expose the nasal bone and cartilage. After reshaping or remodeling the bone and cartilage, the skin of the nose is re-draped and sutured in place.

The anesthesia used during the surgery will block any pain or sensation during the procedure. The procedure will take between 2 and 4 hours, depending on your specific case. There will be some pain and swelling that may last up to 4 weeks. However, there are many things you can do to help during the recovery.

For the first few days following the procedure, it is important to rest as much as possible and keep your head elevated. This will reduce the volume of air that passes through your sinuses and reduce the blood pressure and swelling around the nose.

It is important not to blow your nose for the first week after surgery and not blow it forcefully for the first month. The vibrations caused by blowing your nose may disrupt the healing of the bone or cartilage or even knock them out of place.

If you have difficulty breathing out of one or both nostrils or want to explore how reshaping your nose can help you meet your aesthetic goals, contact the staff at the UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center at 508-334-5990 or visit to schedule a consultation today.

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