The Portland Center For Facial Plastic Surgery
Hillsboro - Portland Oregon
503-899-0006
The Portland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery ™
 10690 NE Cornell Rd. Suite 324A, Hillsboro, OR 97124 503-899-0006
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What Happens After Rhinoplasty?

Before undergoing rhinoplasty, you should know all the risks involved. The surgeon will first conduct a thorough physical examination and may also order blood tests. The physical exam will help the surgeon understand the extent of the changes you are seeking. For example, a doctor will assess the strength of cartilage at the tip of your nose and the thickness of your skin. If these factors are abnormal, the surgery may result in complications. If your nose surgery results in a deformity, the doctor may suggest that you augment your chin as well.

After a rhinoplasty, patients are typically discharged the same day. The procedure typically lasts one to two hours, and a small recovery period in a medical facility or hospital is required. Patients are typically given painkillers before the procedure, and a small amount of IV fluids and medications are administered during the recovery period. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the face but leaves you conscious. Children often undergo general anesthesia.

There are several other reasons why a person may need a rhinoplasty. For example, a broken nose is less resilient after a fracture. This may mean that it’s at risk of fracturing again if hit by a hard object. In some cases, a rhinoplasty may be necessary to treat a brain tumor, which can affect other bodily organs.

A plastic surgeon can perform a rhinoplasty through different types of incisions. The plastic surgeon will evaluate your entire face and suggest a procedure that will fit your needs. Once your doctor determines the best course of action, he or she will begin the procedure. During this time, your surgeon will lift and alter the skin from your cartilage or bone. After the surgery, you will be given an anesthetic and epinephrine to minimize bleeding and swelling.

In some cases, rhinoplasty is performed to correct a deformity or improve your nose’s appearance. This surgery can result in changes in your sense of smell and/or taste. Some patients experience minor bleeding following their surgery, but heavy bleeding is rare. Other problems associated with rhinoplasty may include swelling and scarring. In some cases, a patient may also experience some discomfort after the procedure. A slight irregularity in the bone or cartilage may also remain after the procedure. The surgeon may need to make adjustments to correct the problem if it continues to cause problems for the patient.

During recovery, the swelling inside the nose is similar to the healing process outside the body. You can expect a few days or a week of rest after surgery. The final result of rhinoplasty is a more open airway on both sides. It may take several months for the swelling to go away completely. You should refrain from strenuous activities for at least three to six weeks after the surgery. However, you should be able to resume exercising and social activities within a few weeks.