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What to Expect During Recovery from Nose Surgery

Your new look takes a bit of time to show up. Learn what to expect and how you can foster the best possible outcome.

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the surgical repair or reshaping of the nose. Also known as nose reshaping, rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures in the world. Rhinoplasty can change the nose’s shape, length, width, profile, tip, nostrils, and its overall symmetry. A common name for cosmetic rhinoplasty is a “nose job.” Sometimes doctors recommend rhinoplasty for medical reasons, such as the repair of structural elements in the nose to improve breathing.

Rhinoplasty is a common but major surgery with significant risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having a rhinoplasty.

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: May 7, 2013

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