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Frequently Asked Questions about Rhinoplasty

What is rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure where the size, shape, and structure of the nose are altered. A rhinoplasty is commonly performed for cosmetic purposes, but also to relieve breathing problems and issues. A rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of the nose, reduce the size of the nostrils, improve the profile of the nose, and more.

What makes someone a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Good candidates for a rhinoplasty are looking to improve the appearance and/or function of the nose, are physically healthy, and have realistic expectations.

Can rhinoplasty be performed at any age?
Rhinoplasty should not be performed on younger patients until their nose has finished growing. Typically, the nose is finished growing at the age of 14.

How much time does rhinoplasty surgery take?
In most cases, rhinoplasty surgery can be completed within one to two hours. Sometimes the procedure takes longer in revision or difficult cases.

Will I have noticeable scars after rhinoplasty?
Scarring after a rhinoplasty depends on the surgical technique. If a patient is undergoing closed rhinoplasty, in which the incisions are located on the inside of the nose, there will be no noticeable scarring. If a patient is undergoing open rhinoplasty, there will be a small, well-concealed scar located between the nostrils on the underside of the nose.

How much pain can I expect from rhinoplasty?
After surgery, patients may experience mild discomfort in the head and nasal area. Patients may expect some discomfort as the head and nose may ache during the first few days after surgery. Medication will be prescribed as necessary so patients are not too uncomfortable.

What sort of recovery is there with rhinoplasty?
Swelling and bruising is common, and patients may experience some discomfort. Some bleeding can also occur. Stitches, dressings, and splints are usually removed within one week. The majority of the swelling will clear up in about three weeks.

How much time will I need to take off work?
Most rhinoplasty patients find that they can return to work within a week. The exact amount of time will depend on the extent of your rhinoplasty surgery, your pain tolerance and the physical demands of your work. Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. John Kim will advise you on when you can return to work and other routine activities.

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