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Surgery to reshape the nose, also known as rhinoplasty, can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or bridge of the nose,or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems.


The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you have had a recent trauma to the nose, bear in mind that nasal lacerations left untreated can cause scars; internal injuries can increase your chance of nose bleeds. Damage to nerves can leave you with altered, diminished, or painful sensation or poor muscle function. Some nasal injuries may obstruct the sinuses, which can result in headaches.

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Don’t delay your appointment to have a nasal injury evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon. Restoring your nasal anatomy soon after injury can be important to your health and your looks, today and for the future.

What to Expect

Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two. You can expect to be back at work within 1 to 2 weeks, and resume more strenuous activities within 2 to 3 weeks. You should avoid sun exposure for at least 8 weeks following a Rhinoplasty by using sun protection.  Your new nose will settle into its final shape in approximately one year, perhaps more.

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