American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member Log In For Medical Professionals
 

Rhinoplasty

Nose Surgery

Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a "nose job" or "nose reshaping" by patients, enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.

View this content in Español

Rhinoplasty procedure steps

Rhinoplasty surgery includes the following steps:

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

Rhinoplasty is performed either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.

Through these incisions, the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilages is gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.

Open rhinoplasty incision across the columella

Step 3 – Reshaping the nose structure

An overly large nose may be reduced by removing bone or cartilage. Sometimes surgery of the nose may require the addition of cartilage grafts.

Most commonly, cartilage from the septum, the partition in the middle of the nose, is used for this purpose. Occasionally cartilage from the ear or rarely a section of rib cartilage can be used.

Step 4 – Correcting a deviated septum

If the septum is deviated, it can be straightened and the projections inside the nose reduced to improve breathing.

Step 5 – Closing the incision

Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, nasal skin and tissue is redraped and incisions are closed.

Additional incisions may be placed in the natural creases of the nostrils to alter their size.

Step 6 – See the results

For a few days, splints and gauze packing may support the nose as it begins to heal. Get more information about rhinoplasty results.

Rhinoplasty before and after



Logo

Surgeons In Your Area

Robert Sigal Headshot

Robert Sigal MD

1825 Samuel Morse Dr.
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 893-6168

Craig Dufresne Headshot

Craig Dufresne MD

5530 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 1208
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

(301) 654-9151

Christopher Knotts Headshot

Christopher Knotts MD

1825 Samuel Morse Drive Austin-Weston, The Center...
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 8936168

Erica Anderson Headshot

Erica Anderson MD

297 Herndon Parkway Suite 101
Herndon, VA 20170

(703) 481-0002

Shlomo Widder Headshot

Shlomo Widder MD

8230 Leesburg Pike Suite 630
Vienna, VA 22182

(703) 506-0300

Martin Morse Headshot

Martin Morse MD

10132 Colvin Run Road Suite F
Great Falls, VA 22066

(703) 757-6190

Fadi Nukta Headshot

Fadi Nukta MD

21785 Filigree Court Suite 206
Ashburn, VA 20147

(703) 574-2588

Haven Barlow Headshot

Haven Barlow MD

802 Bestgate Road Suite A
Annapolis, MD 21401
Logo

Patient Care Center