What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures for both men and women. Nose surgery is considered 'elective' when it is done for cosmetic reasons where the purpose is only to change the shape of the nose to one the patient finds more desirable. You can reduce or increase the size and change the angle between the nose and the upper lip. Also, it is possible to correct birth defects, accidents, or patients with respiratory problems.

 If you are thinking about Rhinoplasty, here is where you will find the basic information about the procedure. However, if you have any other questions, please feel free to send us an email and we will answer your questions as soon as possible.

Who is eligible for Rhinoplasty?

Nose surgery can enhance your appearance and your self-esteem. The best candidates for Rhinoplasty are physically healthy people looking to improve their physical appearance. Age is also a factor. It is preferable not to perform this surgery on adolescents until they have completed their development (about 14 - 15 years old), and slightly higher in the cases of males.

People who want to reduce or increase the size of their nose, narrow the openings of the nostrils, change the angle of the upper lip and the nose, help or alleviate respiratory problems, or correct injury or birth defect.

Planning your procedure:

On your first visit, you will be asked about your expectations and you will be given an explanation of the possible solutions according to your appearance and its characteristics. This initial contact and mutual trust are essential to the successful performance of the surgery. Feel free to ask any and all questions you have regarding your case.

 I will explain, on the first visit, the different techniques and the anesthesia that will be used, as well as the means of the place the surgery will be performed, the risks and costs included, and any other existing options.

How is the procedure?

Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure usual lasts one to two hours, however, some procedures may last longer. During the procedure, the nose skin is separated from the shell of the bone and the cartilage, which are carved into the desired shape.  Finally,  covering the shell of bone and cartilage with the skin. The technique is particularly dependent on your issue In almost all of the cases,

Rhinoplasty is performed inside the nose, making incisions inside the nostrils. The open technique is for other, more complicated cases, where it is necessary to make small incisions in the columella (the area that separates the nostrils).

The Recovery:

Most patients undergoing Rhinoplasty procedures go home the same day of the surgery, after recuperating from the anesthesia. Patients will be standing the next day and can perform their normal activities within one week. For about one week, you will use a nasal splint, however, it will be several weeks until it is in top form. Avoid strenuous exercise for 2 to 3 weeks, avoid hitting or rubbing the nose or sunbathing for 8 weeks.

Be extremely careful when washing your face or brushing your hair and doing makeup. We will see you several times during the month following the surgery to assess your recovery, always being available to you for any questions or concerns.

Your new look:

In the days following the procedure, it is easy to forget that you will look better. In 1 to 2 weeks, you will not look like you have been operated on. Consider that recovery is a gradual and slow process. The rival results of Rhinoplasty may not be apparent for a year or more.




Clínica Hospital Santa Inés

Santa Inés Clinic. Daniel Cordova Avenue and Agustín Cueva, Second Floor office 211. Phone: (5937) 2827888 ext. 2211

Hospital Universitario del Río

Hospital Universitario del Rio. May 24 Avenue and Avenue of the Americas, Third Floor office 308. Phone: (5937) 2459555 ext. 2302


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