Rhinoplasty is generally an outpatient procedure performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgical facility or in-office surgical suite. To determine the areas of your nose that will be addressed, your overall facial appearance, proportion and structure, as well as your goals, medical history and ethnicity will be taken into account.
With rhinoplasty, your profile complements your other facial features. Otherwise, your nose can appear too big or too short and draw too much attention. No face is perfectly symmetrical, but certain asymmetrical features, like the nose, tend to be more evident. The nose is a bilateral structure, you want both the left and right sides to match as much as possible, so the nose looks the same from the front and side views. Symmetry is crucial.
Patients generally wear a splint for the first week. There will be bruising and swelling under the eyes and nose that will be there for a few days to a few weeks following surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for 2–3 weeks.