Nasal Surgery/Rhinoplasty > Procedure Information
A rhinoplasty is an operation performed to improve the appearance of a patient’s nose. It is done on an outpatient basis under local (with sedation) or general anesthesia. While many plastic surgeons make an incision in the skin of the nose, Dr. Ott almost always makes the incisions inside the nose resulting in no external skin scars. Small packs are removed from the nose 1-3 days after surgery and the splint and tape usually a week after the procedure. Rhinoplasty surgery usually involves remodeling (the word plastic is derived from the Greek word plastikos which means to mold) both bone and cartilage.
Post operative discomfort should be only minimal to moderate and easily controlled with pain medication. Most patients begin to look good within 8-10 days of surgery but the nose continues to look better over many months as the remaining swelling gradually decreases over time.