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Beautiful young woman's profile touching her face with her hand.As the center of attention and the focal point of one’s face, the nose serves a vital role in a person’s first impression of another’s appearance. Often, people are born with a nose that is disproportionate to their other facial features or their nose has become asymmetrical due to an injury of some sort. Fortunately, the procedure of getting a nose job, also known as a “rhinoplasty,” is growing in popularity and can address issues such as these. Nose surgery can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities. Whether you are considering rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons or functionality, there are many factors to help determine whether or not nose surgery is right for you.

Commonly Addressed Issues

Nose surgery can address many issues of the nose that coincide with common complaints. As far as appearance, this procedure can adjust the width of the nose and remove unwanted bumps and indentations. This is especially helpful for those who have experienced some sort of nose injury or trauma. Along with improving the size and shape of the nostrils, the procedure can also adjust the shape of the tip of the nose. Realignment of the nose can provide better symmetry and a more refined look. A nose job may also yield better breathing by removing any obstructions or abnormalities inside the airway.


It is highly recommended to get a rhinoplasty after the nose is fully developed. On average, the nose has reached full maturity after the age of thirteen for girls and typically a year or so later for boys. However, the age at which the nose has reached its adult size may still vary slightly for each individual, and the timing should be consulted with a board-certified plastic surgeon.


Someone undergoing nose surgery should be in good health. Chronic illnesses and tobacco, alcohol, and drug use may affect the healing process and increase the risk for complications both during and after surgery. All medications and supplements should be disclosed to the doctor prior to having any procedure performed.

What the Surgery Entails

A rhinoplasty is typically performed under general or local anesthesia, and patients are able to go home the same day. On rare occasions, the procedure may require a minimal one night stay. Incisions for the surgery are either made inside the nose in a closed procedure, or an incision is made at the base of the nose across the tissue between the nostrils in an open procedure. In either case, adjustments and improvements are made, and the incisions are closed and the nose is put it a splint. There is very minimal, if any, scarring.

Healing & Recovery

As with any surgical procedure, healing and recovery require time. The bruising from nose cosmetic surgery will subside within a week or two, and the swelling will go down after about three weeks. Although the majority of the results will reveal themselves within a month, it may actually take up to an entire year for the final results to settle.

Nose cosmetic surgery can improve the appearance and proportion of the nose, along with boosting one’s self confidence. If you have realistic expectations and want to upgrade your look, please contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John L. Roussalis by calling (307) 234-4585 or filling out our online contact form.