Rhinoplasty Explained

What Rhinoplasty surgery can treat

  • Nose size in relation to facial balance
  • Nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils
  • Nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
  • Nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked
  • Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
  • Nasal asymmetry


Rhinoplasty, also referred to as “nose reshaping”, enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.


Human nose is a very important functional organ. It is also aesthetically important because it is located in the central part of the face and seen from both sides, the profile and the lateral views which gives it real aesthetic significance. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct the deformed shape of the nose and to aesthetically enhance it, thereby enhancing the overall facial aesthetics.


At times there may be multiple deformities that a patient presents to a plastic surgeon, these include humps on the nose, a broad nose, drooping tip, a broad tip and flattened dorsum. All of which can be corrected through a rhinoplasty.



The most important part of doing rhinoplasty is not the surgery itself, but actually the assessment of the deformity. The assessment of the proportions of the nose in relation to the face is vital and that is why the first consultation with the primary plastic surgeon is very important. The essential part of rhinoplasty is separating the skin of the nose from the underlined bony and cartilaginous framework which gives its shape to the nose. So after altering the shape of the bony and cartilaginous part of the nose, adding a few things inside the nose is possible, after which the skin and the soft tissue is again redraped over the nose, giving it the new desired shape.


Now, there are 2 approaches to rhinoplasty. It might be an open rhinoplasty or a closed rhinoplasty, both have their own advantages and disadvantages. In open rhinoplasty there is an external scar on the nose which is generally not visible because it is situated on the underside of the nose which is called as the columellar part of the nose. Open rhinoplasty surgery is most suitable if the amount of corrections to be done in the nose are huge. So when the surgeon is faced with large amounts of modifications, he/she would prefer open rhinoplasty. In close rhinoplasty there are incisions too, but these incisions are situated inside the nose, so there is no external scar that is visible and therefore it is suitable only for minor corrections. The advantage being that there are no scars in this surgery.


Rhinoplasty surgery is a very safe procedure in general. You do not have major complications associated to rhinoplasty. The risks in rhinoplasty may include some amount of bruising around the nose and on the inside of the eyes.


Rhinoplasty surgery is among the most difficult of all cosmetic surgeries. Poor surgical technique can lead to permanent deformity, so choose your surgeon carefully.


Rhinoplasty recovery actually depends on the amount of manipulations which have been done, it will vary from case to case. Generally if there is no bony manipulation done then the recovery takes around 7-8 days, If bony manipulations are done then it could take upto 3 weeks with a plaster on the nose.


A “nose job” procedure sounds like it should hurt, but it really doesn’t. Most patients believe that a rhinoplasty has got to be a painful procedure. But the truth is that rhinoplasty is one of the least uncomfortable procedures in all of plastic surgery.