Rhinoplasty, or better known as nose reshaping is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. There are many people not satisfied with the size or shape of their nose. As the nose centers the face, people tend to go under surgery for reshaping with the expectation of having a better proportioned facial form. While sometimes the problem might not be the shape or size of the nose, people stil prefers to get their nose reshaped for a better look.

No matter how much the technology is advanced, the outcomes are limited to the conditions such as size of the nose, skin condition and age. Patients should always take into consideration that nose reshaping alone may not be enough to solve emotional and/or social problems that they experience related to their appearance.

Depending on the technique being used, Rhinoplasty operations may take between 90 to 180 minutes. It is strongly recomended for the patient to stay 1 or 2 nights at the hospital. The patient will be carrying a pad under their nose for 12 hours and should have a splint taped on their nose for 7 days.

The patient should rest for at least two weeks at home after the surgery. Within 3 to 5 days, the patient will be able to walk freely, can swim after 3 weeks. However, tiring exercise is not allowed before 6 weeks.

If the operation is made through nostrils, there will be no visible scars but will take 2 weeks to settle. If, during the procedure,the nose is broken, it is expected to have visible bruises around the eyes for at least a week and yellowing around the eyes for 10 to 20 days.

If the operation was made on the tip of the nose, 60% of the result will be seen within three weeks, however the 40% of the result will be seen within a year.

If the patient goes under open rhinoplasty in which the skin of the nose is cut and opened, the changes on the tip will be much more accurate as this technique gives the surgeon better view. However, it will take more time for the patient to recover due to swelling.

As common with all surgeries, Rhinoplasty has its own risks. Most common unpleasant outcomes include increased sense of smell and effected nasal breathing. Minor bleeding is common but on very rare occasions, major bleeding may occur. It is reported that some patients complained about pain for some time.

There may be slight irregularities or cartilage may be felt after the surgery. If the patient is not completely satisfied with the result, the patient should not rush to decide for another operation but instead it would be in the patients best interest to accept the improvements achieved by surgery.

Every operation comes with a risk. Eventhough unavoidable complications may occur, serious complications are quite rare with this operation. This article aims to give you general information about the operation in question. In order to make the correct decision, we highly recommend you to make a detailed research about possible risks and complication of the procedure. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history of lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.

Smokers have a higher risk of post operative healing problems and expected to be less immune to infection. Smokers also are more likely to suffer operative and post operative bleeding. It is strongly advised for patients to stop smoking for two weeks before and after surgery. Eventhough this may help, please note that, stopping to smoke for short period of time will not be enough to eliminate risks of long term smoking. Smoking also has a contrary effect on the skin.