What to expect after rhinoplasty or nose job surgery?

This surgery cannot produce a nose that is not in keeping with a patient’s own anatomical features.  The aim of surgery is to rearrange or re-shape the patient’s own features to produce a nose that is aesthetically pleasing whilst in harmony with the patient’s face and keeping functionally intact. It may not be possible to produce a nose that resembles a photograph of another person’s nose and attempts to do so may be counterproductive.

Minor changes to the nose can be performed as a day-surgery procedure, but most patients usually spend one night in hospital following a rhinoplasty. A splint may be applied to the outside of the nose and there may be packs in each nostril. Incisions are usually inconspicuous. Patients may be able to return to work within a week or two of surgery. Most normal activities including gentle exercise can usually be resumed within 2 – 3 weeks although more strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.

​There is usually minimal pain after rhinoplasty. However, patients may experience some bruising around the eyes and cheeks for the first few days after surgery. 

The effects of rhinoplasty may be evident immediately after surgery. However, since the healing process is gradual, the patient should expect to wait up to one year to see the final results.

Furthermore, the nose will continue to change as part of the normal ageing process.  This may alter the outcome of rhinoplasty in some cases. Occasionally, additional surgery may be necessary.

What are the risks or rhinoplasty or a nose job?

All surgery carries some risk. The potential risks are discussed at the initial consultation and will be outlined via your secure patient portal (TouchMD). Some risks may include:

Potential complications include bleeding, infections and reactions to anaesthesia. Numbness of the skin is usually temporary. Noticeable swelling may last for several weeks but minor residual swelling may continue for many months.

Patients who have particularly thin skin may notice visible or palpable irregularities in the skin that reflect the changes to the framework under the skin. This is because they are not concealed sufficiently by their soft tissues. In some cases, this may be improved by a procedure to add additional soft tissue coverage under the skin, or by altering the framework further.

Patients who present with a very bent nose may have a degree of recurrence of their nasal deviation on some cases over time, depending on the nature of their nasal problem and the steps that have been taken to correct it.

After a rhinoplasty, some patients experience an altered sense of smell, while others find that their nasal breathing is affected

Rhinoplasty carries with it a significant surgical revision rate.  Up to 10% of patients who have had a rhinoplasty may desire a revision procedure at some stage for aesthetic or functional reasons.  This does not mean that the original surgery was a failure but reflects the complexity of the procedure in some cases. If you would like more information about rhinoplasty, or to request a consultation, contact Dr Mark Hanikeri’s office today.


How much can rhinoplasty change your nose?

Very significantly!  It can completely transform the nose in appropriate cases but generally only to another version of the nose that suits the patient’s face.  It is generally not possible to replicate someone else’s nose in a patient but photos of other noses can be a guide to what the patient is trying to achieve.