Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a procedure that seeks to correct different nasal deformities, giving a natural appearance for each type of face. In addition, functional corrections can be made when obstructive problems exist. 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. The determination for incision placement is based upon the type of nasal reshaping being performed.


Anesthesia may be general or intravenous sedation in combination with local anesthesia in the area being treated.

Surgery Duration

The surgical procedure takes place over an average period of 2 hours or more. However, the surgical procedure time should not be confused with the amount of time the patient will be in the operating room. That amount of time will also include the administering of anesthesia and postoperative recovery.

Hospitalization Period

Under normal circumstances, the hospitalization period is approximately 1 day.

Postoperative Care

Patients should rest for 5-7 days, always keeping the head elevated. During the first few days, a diet of cold, soft foods is recommend to facilitate chewing. The stitches along the columella are removed after 7 days. It is not necessary to remove the stitches along the incision inside the nose as they are absorbable. The dressing is usually removed after 7 days, and it may be necessary to use a bandage dressing for an additional week. Patients should sleep on their backside (face up) with their head elevated for 2 weeks following surgery. Strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks.