Rhinoplasty is certainly one of the cosmetic surgery most stressed in the world. Nose too long, too wide, crooked or hunchbacked ... This nose surgery helps correct these imperfections sometimes sources of large complex. What is this procedure and what precautions should be taken before embarking?

What is Rhinoplasty?

There are two types:

  • Functional or reconstructive surgery ENT order, which is to straighten the nasal septum people with respiratory difficulties.
  • Correction, that is to say a plastic surgery aesthetic, which is to change the morphology of the nose at the upper bone or cartilage.
Although having different purposes, these two types of nasal surgery may be performed simultaneously.

This intervention may be requested from the age of 16, when growth is over. It is also possible to add thereto an operation on the chin or any bags under the eyes.

Precautions before surgery

The preoperative medical appointments are essential during cosmetic surgery. In the case of a nose surgery, these interviews allow the patient to accurately express their expectations and the doctor to propose the possible changes. This dialogue is essential. Indeed, change the shape of his nose is nothing trivial and changes the overall harmony of the features: the eyes, mouth and chin same will be highlighted differently. In this, the simulations on photographs taken before the operation are very important. They thus help the patient to become familiar with this new face and decide, in consultation with the doctor, the exact course of the intervention.

How is the procedure?

Depending on whether a reduction in bone part of a bump or cartilage, the procedure is done under general or local anesthesia. It lasts between 1 and 1:30. The hospitalization lasts about it between 24 and 48 hours.

To correct a bump too visible nose, the surgeon will remove excess bone. The space created by the removal of the hump is tightened so that the nose becomes not only more law see dug according to the wishes of the patient, but also thinner profile.

If your wish is to change the appearance of your nose on its tip, several techniques will be considered for it to be finer: reducing alar cartilage (which forms the tip of the nose), the suture cartilage them or much adding cartilage grafts to reshape the nose according to his wishes.


The length of recovery depends on the type of rhinoplasty, it varies between 8 and 15 days.

The nose then remains fragile for a month. It is therefore advisable to avoid any risk sport.

The intervention often leads to headaches, difficulty breathing and the appearance of some bruising passengers. In case of persistent pain, infection may be involved, it is better to consult immediately.

If the first satisfactory results are visible after 2 weeks, the final result is meanwhile only visible after 6 months or a year.

The limits of rhinoplasty

  • Attention if the simulations on photos made profile are often close to the final result, those made to face are not always reliable!
  • The skin plays an important role in the final result it is not possible to obtain a small and delicate nose with a thick skin. It's the same with wide nostrils.