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What is it?Rhinoplasy is most commonly used to reshape the nose to improve overall facial appearance. It can also be used to correct birth defects, deformities which result from injuries, and to remove nasal obstruction.
How is it performed?The extent of the procedure will depend very much on the desired result, the physical features of the patient and the surgeon?s judgement. Incisions are usually made inside the nostrils, and the bone of the cartilage is reshaped and trimmed. The nose may also be built up in some areas using splints and nose packs. The operation usually takes between 1 and 2 hours, and local or general anaesthetic may be used.
How long will it take for the physical effects of the operation to disappear?After the operation, swelling and bruising around the eyes will quickly subside. Swelling of the nose will subside more slowly. Most patients who undergo this procedure go back to work within 2 to 3 weeks, but the final appearance of the nose may take up to 3 to 4 months to be evident. Scarring is not a problem, as all incisions are made on the inside of the nose and along the creases of the nostrils so are not noticeable.