An aesthetic nose surgery typically lasts for one or two hours. During the procedure, the skin of the nose will be separated from the bone and cartilage framework. The process of reshaping the nose will vary based on the existing issue with the nose and the technique employed by the surgeon. Finally, the skin will be readjusted over the created framework.

Most plastic surgeons perform aesthetic nose surgeries through the nasal passages. However, some prefer the open technique, particularly in complex cases, where they make a small incision on the tissue band (columella) separating the nostrils.

Following the completion of the surgery, a plaster splint will be applied to the nose to help maintain its new shape. To stabilize the septum, the partition separating the two airways inside the nose, packing or soft plastic instruments might be placed inside the nose.

After Your Surgery

In the initial 24 hours post-surgery, you may experience swelling in your face, possible discomfort in the nose, or mild headaches. You can manage any discomfort with pain medications prescribed by your surgeon. Plan to rest in bed with your head elevated, except for using the bathroom, for the first day.

You’ll notice bruising and swelling around your eyes becoming most prominent after 2 or 3 days; applying cold compresses can reduce this swelling and provide some relief.

Most of the swelling and bruising will diminish within the first week or may take longer (some minimal swelling that only you and your surgeon might notice could persist for a few months).

In the initial few days after the surgery, there might be very light drainage from the nostrils, and you may feel slight nasal congestion for a few weeks.

Your surgeon will likely advise you not to blow your nose for a week or longer as the tissues heal. If there are nasal packs, they will be removed after a few days, making you feel much more comfortable. By the end of the first or sometimes the second week, all dressings and the plaster splint over your nose will be removed.