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young African-American woman before and after rhinoplasty

woman right face profileAre you unhappy with the shape, size, or angle of your nose? The rhinoplasty procedure is a popular option for restoring harmony to the face through restructuring the nose. If you are considering a rhinoplasty, make sure you know the basics of the procedure and what to expect afterward.

The Procedure

The rhinoplasty procedure can be done using one of two techniques: an open rhinoplasty or a closed rhinoplasty. During an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made on the columella, or the area of skin that separates the nostrils. This allows for full access to the nasal structures. During a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside of the nose. The technique used will depend on the individual anatomy of your nose and desired results.


It takes about 10-14 days for swelling and bruising to improve following a rhinoplasty. Full recovery time will depend on the extent of your procedure. Your return to work will depend on the type of job you have and the exertion required. Strenuous activity, bending, and straining should be avoided during recovery. The recovery from rhinoplasty is an ongoing process, with minor swelling persisting up to a year.

Results are permanent, so you can enjoy your new, balanced nose for years to come! It is important that adolescents interested in nose surgery speak with a board certified plastic surgeon, as the nose must be finished growing or results may be altered.

If you are interested in a rhinoplasty for a balanced facial appearance, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz.

Posted on behalf of Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

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