Rhinoplasty (commonly known as a “nose job” ) reshapes the nose by either reducing or increasing the size of the different parts to create a nose proportional to the rest of the face. This procedure is performed to adjust longstanding irregularities or following traumatic injuries. This may require adjusting the width of the nose base as well as addressing the septum (cartilage within the nose) if the patient is having difficulty breathing through the nose.
Unwanted humps of the nose or augmentation of a flattened appearing nose are performed as well. If the width of the nose has been adjusted a protective splint is often applied which also aids to minimize swelling.
Recovery to normal activities following rhinoplasty varies from one to two weeks depending on the tailored procedure performed for each patient.