What is a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, can be performed for both cosmetic and functional purposes. This surgical procedure involves altering the size, shape or proportions of the nose to enhance facial balance and symmetry. Symmetry and the mathematical dimensions that make it important are emulated in plastic surgery.

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What is Rhinoplasty Used For?

  • Rhinoplasty may be performed for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Nose is too big or too small, in proportion to the rest of the face
  • Nose is crooked or out of alignment
  • Bridge of nose has depression or a prominent bump
  • Nostrils are too large, upturned or asymmetrical
  • Tip of the nose is pointed, upturned or too wide
  • Internal structures of the nose are deviated and cause breathing difficulty

Rhinoplasty Surgery in St. Paul, MN

Rhinoplasty may be performed alone, but is often combined with chin augmentation to bring additional proportion to the entire facial profile. In addition to having cosmetic benefits, there are also health benefits that can help you sleep better at night. In some cases, the internal structure of the nose may also be corrected to help the patient breathe easier and reduce any nasal issues that arise from sleep apnea.

*Individual results may vary.


How does a rhinoplasty procedure work?

Dr. Schneider can perform rhinoplasty on an outpatient basis, using either IV sedation in the clinic or general anesthesia. IV sedation with local anesthesia may be appropriate for some patients. The procedure may last anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the complexity of the surgery.

Rhinoplasty can be performed using two different techniques. Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions inside the nasal cavity, which leaves no visible scarring after the procedure. Open rhinoplasty uses a single incision across the tissue dividing the nostrils on the underside of the nose, where visible scarring will be minimal. The right technique for you will depend on the specific concerns to be addressed during your procedure.

What is recovery like?

After a rhinoplasty, you may have a splint on the outside of your nose and possibly a nasal splint inside the nose to assist the healing process. Most patients experience a degree of swelling, bruising and discomfort after surgery, which is often managed with oral pain medication and cold compresses. Most patients feel comfortable returning to work and other activities within one to two weeks.

What can I expect from my rhinoplasty results?

Rhinoplasty results will become apparent after several weeks following surgery, as swelling and bruising subside. Most patients will see full results within three to six months after the procedure. Rhinoplasty is considered a permanent method of altering the appearance of the nose, so no further procedures should be needed to maintain your results.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most performed plastic surgeries today, due to its ability to address many different cosmetic and functional concerns in a single procedure. Dr. Schneider is experienced in performing rhinoplasty to ensure your results are both natural and beautiful. To learn more about this procedure, contact Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Schneider today.