Rhinoplasty Overview

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (or a "nose job") is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose and nasal structures. People consider rhinoplasty for a number of reasons, like enhancing facial harmony or improving breathing functions. Rhinoplasty is one of the most frequently performed plastic and reconstructive surgeries in the world. The Rhinoplasty Society is a professional organization that wants to educate potential patients on the fundamentals of rhinoplasty and pair individuals with board-certified surgeons who are specially trained in the art of nose surgery. For more information on nose enhancement and how it can benefit you, contact a nasal specialist.

What Does Rhinoplasty Fix?

The goal of rhinoplasty isn't to create a "perfect" nose – everyone's face has a degree of asymmetry. Rather, nose straightening surgery sets out to improve the overall balance of the nose to improve facial harmony, address functional issues, or restore a more natural appearance. Rhinoplasty can address the size and width of the nose in relation to the face, as well as the profile (projection), nose tip size, nostril shape, and general asymmetry. It can also be performed to fix a deviated septum, which can obstruct a person's breathing.

Types of Rhinoplasty

Many different factors will be taken into consideration to determine which type of rhinoplasty procedure or nose lift is right for you. There are many variations to nose surgery when it comes to goals and techniques, as well as surgical and nonsurgical options.

  • Primary rhinoplasty
  • Revision (secondary) rhinoplasty
  • Preservation rhinoplasty
  • Ethnic rhinoplasty
  • Reconstructive rhinoplasty
  • Septoplasty
  • Liquid rhinoplasty
  • and more

Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?

Choosing to get rhinoplasty can be transformative, whether you want to feel better about the way you look, breathe easier, or address long-standing insecurity. Whatever your goals may be, it's important that you choose a credentialed surgeon to perform your surgery. Members of The Rhinoplasty Society are board-certified professionals with experience in nose surgery. Our professional non-profit organization is pleased to introduce potential patients to skilled facial plastic or reconstructive surgeons. Schedule a consultation to learn more about our nose straightening techniques.

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Is a rhinoplasty procedure painful?

Nose straightening surgery is generally not painful. While you may experience some soreness after the surgery, during the surgery, we will provide sedation so that you don't feel a thing. Speak with your surgeon to learn about the measures that will be taken to keep you comfortable.

What can you not do after a nose enhancement surgery?

After your nose lift, it is recommended that you avoid any strenuous activities for a few weeks after surgery. You should also avoid staying out in the sun for long periods, blowing your nose, and smoking or drinking alcohol. Your surgical team can provide more information on the steps you can take to help yourself heal after surgery.

Can you blow your nose after a nose enhancement?

Blowing your nose may damage your healing because of the pressure associated with the blowing. It is recommended that you don't blow your nose after surgery until it is cleared by your surgeon. 

Can I sleep on my side after rhinoplasty surgery?

One week after your surgery, you should be able to resume sleeping on your side, as long as you keep pressure off of your nose. Your surgeon will evaluate your healing before making this determination. 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.