Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. It may also relieve some breathing problems (may be covered by insurance).
The procedure lasts 1 to 2 hours, possibly more, usually on an outpatient basis. Side effects include temporary swelling, bruising around eyes and nose, and headaches. Some bleeding and stiffness can occur. Risks are rare, but can include infection, breathing difficulties, or small broken blood vessels resulting in tiny, permanent red spots. Incomplete improvement could require additional surgery.
When recovering, patients can return to work after 1 to 2 weeks. Patients that are more strenuous in their activity, can return to work in 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid hitting nose or sun exposure for 8 weeks. Final appearance could take one year or more. The duration of the results is permanent.