It seems to be a bit too long and at the end, where there is the extra length, it droops.

Question:

I do not like my nose. It seems to be a bit too long and at the end, where there is the extra length, it droops. I would like to have my nose shortened and the shape of the end changed. Does this type of rhinoplasty require general anesthesia? How long would the procedure take? What type of bandaging would I be wearing afterwards?

Answer:

You are correct that having a nose slightly shortened and reshaped is the surgical procedure referred to as Rhinoplasty. Most rhinoplasties that I perform are done with twilight type anesthesia where the patient is essentially asleep and not aware of anything. General anesthesia is used when we feel the surgical procedure will be lengthy especially with revision Rhinoplasty. For most primary rhinoplasties, these are performed through a closed or endonasal approach which has an easier recovery period and the procedure length is approximately 1.5 hours. There is usually a light dressing in each nostril but the nose is not packed. We place a flesh-colored metallic splint on the outside of the nose and this is removed at six days. Bruising typically lasts between four-six days in most patients.

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