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Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)


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Cosmetic nose reshaping (a nose job) is also known as rhinoplasty. With a nose job, a plastic surgeon can:

  • reduce or increase the size of your nose,
  • narrow the span of your nostrils,
  • change the angle between your nose and upper lip, and/or
  • change the tip or bridge of your nose.

Whether you want to reshape your nose for aesthetic reasons, or correct your nose if it’s misshapen from an injury or accident, our plastic surgeons at University of Utah Health can help you.

To determine if rhinoplasty is the right decision for you, request a consultation with one of our facial plastic and reconstruction specialists.

Qualified Facial Plastic Surgeons

It’s important for patients to choose an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. Some patients have rhinoplasty surgery more than once because the first surgery doesn’t produce the results a patient wanted.

Our surgeons have additional training in plastic surgery techniques, often preventing the need for further surgeries. Our plastic surgeons have both the skill and vision necessary to ensure you can present your best side.

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Revision Rhinoplasty (Revision Nasal Surgery)

Revision rhinoplasty restores (or brings back) your nose’s shape and function after a traumatic injury or past surgery.

Because previous surgeries can damage both how your nose looks and how it works, patients who get revision rhinoplasty need a qualified surgeon who can work around scar tissue to make your nose look more normal again.

A surgeon may suggest revision nasal surgery for the following reasons:

  • to improve breathing
  • to correct congenital or acquired deformities (birth defects)
  • to change your nose's size or shape (cosmetic surgery)
  • to repair nasal injuries from trauma

Sometimes a surgeon may also use a flap of skin from your forehead as part of the procedure. Learn more about forehead flap nasal reconstruction.

Improve Breathing Problems After a Rhinoplasty

Some patients develop breathing problems (also called nasal obstruction) after having their first rhinoplasty surgery. Patients who've had rhinoplasty can develop breathing problems if their surgeon removed too much cartilage and it changed the nose's structure.

If you've had too much cartilage removed from your nose, then your nose may start warp over time. You may also develop scar contracture, which happen when the skin and tissue around a scar tightens. Scar contractures may cause breathing problems because they can make your nose asymmetrical (not straight). This makes it harder to breathe.

Revision rhinoplasty can help you breathe more easily again by repairing the internal structure of your nose and making your nose straighter.

If you’d like to learn more about revision rhinoplasty, you can request a consultation with one of our plastic surgery specialists.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Recovery from rhinoplasty surgery is fairly quick. Most patients are able to get back to their regular routine by the second or third week after surgery.

First Week After Surgery

It's important to rest for the first week after your rhinoplasty. You will want to take time off work, and it may be a good idea to have someone help you at home.

  • You will have a cast on your nose.
  • You may have some bruising and swelling around your eyes.

Second Week After Surgery

By the second week after rhinoplasty surgery, you should start to see big improvements each day with how you feel.

  • The cast will come off your nose at the end of the first week.
  • Bruising and swelling around your eyes will go down and should be much better during the second week.
  • During the middle or end of the week, most of your pain and tenderness should be gone.

Third Week After Surgery

By the third week after your surgery, you should be able to do most activities of your normal routine, like going back to work or school.

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