Rhinoplasty Information


In general, good candidates for rhinoplasty are:

  • Old enough that their facial growth is complete

  • Healthy and do not have medical conditions that impair healing

  • Nonsmokers

  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations


In preparing for a rhinoplasty, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements because they can increase bleeding and bruising

  • Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you the first night following surgery


A splint and/or packing may be placed inside your nose and a splint or bandages placed on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing. Bruising can persist for a couple weeks.

Initial swelling subsides in the weeks following surgery; it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine. During this time you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome. Swelling may come and go and worsen in the morning during the first year following a rhinoplasty.

Although infrequent, the risks and complications of rhinoplasty include:

  • Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)

  • Over correction or under correction

  • Need for additional surgery

Unlikely Complications