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If you do not feel confident enough about the shape or size of your nose, rhinoplasty may be an excellent choice for you. Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help you achieve the nose of your dreams. In this article, we will cover many details about rhinoplasty, from the basics, how it is performed to the recovery process. Let’s get started and discover how rhinoplasty can further improve your facial harmony and boost your self-confidence!



What is Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping or reconstructing the nose to improve its aesthetic appearance or functionality. It can be performed for cosmetic reasons, to enhance the overall facial harmony and proportions, or for functional reasons, to correct breathing difficulties caused by structural issues in the nose.

Several issues, such as the following, can be addressed by the surgery:

  • The size and shape of the nose
  • Refining the nasal tip
  • Straightening a crooked nose
  • Reducing or augmenting the nasal bridge
  • Reshaping nostrils
  • Correcting nasal asymmetry
  • Enhancing facial balance and proportions

Nose job can be performed using different techniques, depending on the desired outcomes and the unique anatomy of each patient. It is essential to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to determine the best approach for your specific needs.

Rhinoplasty Methods

Nose job methods are divided into two according to the intervened area: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. The choice between these techniques depends on the complexity of the procedure and the surgeon’s preference.

Open Rhinoplasty

In open rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision on the columella, the strip of skin between the nostrils, which allows for a complete view of the nasal structures. This technique provides access to a larger area and is often used for more extensive operations.

Closed Rhinoplasty

In closed rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions inside the nostrils, avoiding any external scarring. This technique is typically used for less complex nasal corrections and requires less surgical time and recovery.

Both open and closed rhinoplasty have their pros and cons, and the best approach will depend on the specific goals of the surgery and the surgeon’s expertise. Your plastic surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your nasal anatomy and decide with you on the most appropriate technique for your individual needs.

Who is a good candidate for nose job?

Nose job is a highly individualized procedure, and not everyone is a good candidate for it. Ideal candidates for nose job generally include individuals who:

  • Those who are physically healthy and non-smokers
  • Those who have realistic expectations about the surgery.
  • Those who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose and wish to improve it
  • Those with fully developed nasal structure (generally 16-17 years in women and 17-18 years in men)
  • Those who do not have any medical problems that may increase the risks of surgery

It’s essential to have a thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty. During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your nasal anatomy, discuss your goals and expectations, and assess your overall health to determine the best course of action.

Pre-Surgery: What to Expect

Before undergoing nose job, proper preparation is crucial to ensure a successful surgery and smooth recovery. Here are some key things to expect during the preparation phase:

Initial consultation with a plastic surgeon: The first step in preparing for rhinoplasty is to schedule an initial consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. During this consultation, the surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your nasal anatomy, discuss your goals and expectations, and review your medical history. At this stage, you should ask your doctor all the questions you have in your mind, and if you have any concerns about the operation, you should definitely express them.

Discussion of surgical plan and expectations: Based on your nasal anatomy and desired results, your plastic surgeon will make a surgical plan tailored to your needs. They will explain the details of the procedure, including the technique to be used, expected results, potential risks and complications. It is very important at this stage to have a clear understanding of what to expect from the surgery and to communicate clearly with your surgeon about your goals and expectations.

Medical evaluation and preoperative instructions: Before the surgery, you will undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation to ensure that you are physically fit for the procedure. The surgeon may also request additional tests or imaging studies to assess your nasal structures in detail. You will also receive preoperative instructions, which may include avoiding certain medications or supplements that can increase the risks of bleeding, quitting smoking, and following a specific diet.

Arranging for transportation and postoperative care: Since nose job is performed under anesthesia, it’s important to arrange for transportation to and from the surgical facility on the day of the surgery. You will also need to arrange for postoperative care, as you may require assistance with daily activities during the initial recovery period. It’s crucial to have a plan in place to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.

The Nose Job Procedure: Step by Step

The rhinoplasty procedure typically consists of several key steps, which may vary depending on the technique used and the specific goals of the surgery. Here is a general overview of the procedure:

Anesthesia: Rhinoplasty is performed under anaesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable and painless during surgery. The type of anaesthesia used may vary according to the operation. Your plastic surgeon will inform you about these options during the consultation.

Incisions: Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon will make incisions according to the chosen technique, either on the columella (open rhinoplasty) or inside the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty).

Reshaping of nasal structures: After making the incisions, the surgeon will carefully lift the nasal skin and access the underlying nasal structures, including the bone, cartilage, and soft tissues. Depending on the desired outcomes, the surgeon may remove or reposition the nasal cartilage and bone, and reshape the nasal tip, bridge, and nostrils.

Reconstruction and Septoplasty (if needed): If there are any structural issues in the nose that affect breathing, such as a deviated septum, the surgeon may perform a septoplasty to correct it during the rhinoplasty procedure. The nasal structures are carefully reconstructed to ensure proper functionality and aesthetics.

Closure: Once the desired reshaping and reconstruction are complete, the surgeon will carefully re-drape the nasal skin and close the incisions with sutures or other techniques. The incisions are closed meticulously to minimize scarring and promote optimal healing.

Recovery and Postoperative Care: After the procedure, you will be monitored in a recovery area until you are fully awake from the anesthesia. You may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the nose and eyes, which are normal postoperative symptoms. Pain medications and cold compresses may be prescribed to manage discomfort and swelling. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific postoperative care instructions, which may include avoiding strenuous activities, taking care of the nasal dressing or splint, and attending follow-up appointments.




Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be visible scarring after rhinoplasty?

The incisions made during the operation are carefully placed to minimize visible scarring. In closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside the nostrils and are not visible externally. In open rhinoplasty, the incision is made on the columella, the skin between the nostrils, but it usually heals well and becomes inconspicuous over time.

Can I wear glasses after the operation?

It’s generally recommended to avoid wearing glasses for a few weeks after rhinoplasty, as they can put pressure on the healing nasal structures and potentially affect the final results. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific instructions on when it’s safe to resume wearing glasses.

When can I resume normal activities after rhinoplasty?

Most patients can resume normal non-strenuous activities within a week or two after rhinoplasty, but strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or vigorous exercise, should be avoided for at least 3-4 weeks to allow for proper healing.

Will I be able to breathe properly after the surgery?

Rhinoplasty is often performed to improve both the aesthetics and functionality of the nose. If you have a deviated septum or other breathing issues, rhinoplasty may actually improve your breathing. However, it’s important to discuss any breathing concerns with your plastic surgeon during the consultation to ensure that the appropriate techniques are used during the surgery.

Can I have rhinoplasty if I have a history of nasal allergies?

Having a history of nasal allergies may not necessarily disqualify you from undergoing rhinoplasty, but it’s important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon during the consultation. Your surgeon may take additional precautions during the surgery to minimize potential risks and ensure a safe and successful outcome.

Will my nose look natural after rhinoplasty?

The goal of rhinoplasty is to achieve a natural-looking result that harmonizes with your facial features. A skilled and experienced plastic surgeon will take into consideration your individual facial anatomy and aesthetics to create a nose that looks balanced and proportional to your other features.

Can I have a revision rhinoplasty if I’m not happy with the results of my initial surgery?

Yes, revision rhinoplasty is a possibility if you’re not satisfied with the results of your initial rhinoplasty. However, it’s generally recommended to wait at least a year after the initial surgery before considering a revision, as it takes time for the nasal tissues to fully heal and the final results to manifest.

How long does the swelling last after nose job?

Swelling is a normal part of the healing process after rhinoplasty, and it can take several weeks to months for the swelling to fully subside. The majority of the swelling usually resolves within the first few weeks, but residual swelling may persist for several months, especially in the tip of the nose.

Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure that can improve the aesthetics and functionality of the nose. It involves reshaping the nose to achieve a more harmonious and proportionate appearance, while addressing functional issues such as breathing difficulties or a deviated septum. It’s important to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, carefully consider your expectations, and follow all postoperative care instructions for a safe and successful outcome. If you’re considering nose job, consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you determine if it’s the right option for you and ensure that you achieve the desired results. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and concerns with a skilled plastic surgeon today!


Author: Münire Alioğlu



For more information about this surgery, please visit the websites of our doctors listed below:

Burak Dikmen – Rhinoplasty

Münire Alioğlu – Nose Aesthetics

Onuralp Kurt – Rhinoplasty

Veli Çetinaslan – Rhinoplasty