Rhinoplasty, or nose job, can reduce or increase the size of the nose, change the tip or bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils or change the angle between the nose and upper lip.
The procedure is performed from within the nose, which means that most incisions are inside the nose. Because this procedure can vary greatly from patient to patient, the length of surgery can also vary. The surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia.
After surgery, the face may feel puffy with swelling and bruising around the eyes. Most of the swelling and bruising will disappear within two to three weeks. A splint is placed over the nose and is removed within a week or two.
Strenuous activity should be limited for three weeks. Avoid contact sports or activities that can cause injury to the nose for eight weeks. Most patients can return to school or work within ten to fourteen days.