Information on Nose Jobs

Information on Nose Jobs

The technical term for, what is in everyday speech referred to as a nose job, is Rhinoplasty. The term is derived from the Greek rhinos, meaning nose, and plassein, meaning to shape. Procedures are generally performed with one of two purposes: reconstructive surgery or cosmetic surgery. Here the focus will on cosmetic procedures.

Reconstructive Nose Job

A reconstructive nose job is performed to restore the normal shape and/or function of the nose. The damage, needed to be rectified, can be from a number of causes:

- Autoimmune disorder.

- Cancer involvement.

- Congenital abnormality.

- Intra-nasal drug use.

- Previous cosmetic surgery.

- Traumatic accident.

A surgeon will often be able to restore skin coverage, recreate normal contours and re-establish nasal airflow.

Cosmetic Nose Job

Nose jobs are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Due to the prominence of the nose, it can make a very big difference in the appearance and the balance of a person's facial features. It follows that the procedure can have a profound effect on the self-esteem of the patient.

With a cosmetic nose job it is possible for the surgeon to:

- Decrease the size of the nose.

- Increase the size of the nose.

- Remove bump.

- Alter the tip of the nose.

- Alter the bridge of the nose.

- Change the shape of the nostrils.

- Improve aesthetics while preserving or enhancing ethnic characteristics.

If you consider having a procedure preformed, it is important to build a good relationship with the plastic surgeon. You have to be realistic about your expectations and you have to be able to precisely describe what you wish the result to be.

Possible patients should have reached an age where the shape and the bones of nose has stabilized and matured. Generally this stage is reached a bit earlier for girls than boys, girls should be at least 15, while boys a bit older still.

The Procedure

Typically a small incision is made across the base of the nose. This gives the surgeon access to the cartilages and bones inside the nose, since the skin can be lifted from the cartilage and bone structure.

When this is done, the next step is often to remove the bump on the nose. The bump consists both of bone and cartilage. The cartilage is softer and can be removed with a scalpel, since the bone is harder, to remove it requires a chisel. The surgeon will then smooth it out using files.

Removing the bump is just one way to alter the appearance of the nose. Many others exists as was mentioned earlier. After the the surgeon has altered the shape and profile of the bone and cartilage structure, the incision is stitched back up and the procedure is completed. Usually the procedure lasts one to two hours.


As with any surgical procedure, having a nose job involves risks. Possible adverse side effects include:

- Bleeding.

- Infection.

- Reaction to medication.

- Reaction to anesthesia.

- Red spots and small scars on the underside of the nose due to burst blood vessels.

- A second procedure might be required, for example to remove or correct tissue.

Downtime and Recovery

If you are considering having a nose job, you should be aware that some downtime is involved. For several days after the procedure, swelling and bruising is likely to increase. Very likely, the patient will feel sore. Different techniques are employed to ease recovery, these include to reduce swelling by applying cold compression, not directly to the nose, but the areas around the nose.

Considerations when Choosing a Surgeon

Be sure to choose a well-qualified, experienced surgeon, this should be rather obvious. BUt a further consideration should be to choose a surgeon you trust and a surgeon with whom you communicate well. It is important that the surgeon understand completely what you wish to achieve. Good communication is essential for a successful cosmetic procedure.


Nose jobs are performed either as a reconstructive or as a cosmetic surgery. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose and you feel it is hurting your self-esteem and your well-being, you might consider a cosmetic procedure. If you do, it is essential that you establish good communication with your surgeon and that you are realistic about what exactly can be achieved.

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