The most common problem is bleeding. The bleeding usually stops spontaneously; if the bleeding is profuse, it ends with medication administration. Packing (plugging) the nose to stop bleeding is rarely used. Infections are rare in this procedure. Sometimes narrowing the nose for cosmetic results can hinder the ability to breathe. Small lumps and irregularities may appear after the nose is deflated, which may or may not need further treatment. The removal of cartilage from the deviated septum can leave a hole inside the nose between the airways; this is not common and is difficult to treat; it can cause wheezing and dry nose. Most patients do not have a complication of rhinoplasty.
There are two main methods of rhinoplasty: open and closed approaches.
The closed technique involves making an incision inside the nose, providing patients with well-concealed scars. Also, the restricted focus generally allows faster recovery than with a clear focus. However, with the closed approach, the surgeon has less visibility, and therefore control, during the procedure.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
With both the open and closed approach to rhinoplasty, the surgeon uses the incision to gain access to the underlying nasal structure, which is made of cartilage and bone. The rhinoplasty surgeon then sculpts by modifying the cartilage, reduces or uses grafting techniques, or increases cartilage and bone to improve the structure, symmetry, shape, angle, width, or size of the nose.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
The recovery period from rhinoplasty is one to two weeks.
Your nose may also have slight pain, swelling, or bruising, the bruising potentially spreading to the eye and cheek area. However, these are typical symptoms that will gradually improve over about 10 days.…