Nose Reshaping

Rhinoplasty is the surgery of the nose that provides two basic benefits to patients: Improved appearance and/or nasal function improvement where breathing problems can be relieved.

The nose consists of two basic components: bone and cartilage. The bone supports the upper part of the nose, while the lower part of the nose is supported by cartilage. Inside of the nose is a hollow cavity, or the nasal cavity. The nasal cavity is divided into two sections or passages by the septum. The nasal septum is the part that divides the nose.

With this surgery it is possible to reduce or increase the size of the nose, change the shape of the bridge or the tip, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between the upper lip and the nose.


During the surgery the tissues corresponding to nose cartilage and bone are modified according to the individual's needs. A bump can be reduced or totally eliminated. The sides of the nose can be brought closer together to make the nose narrower. The tip can be made smaller and also lifted to enhance its appearance. When a large, oversized nose is made smaller, sometimes the nostrils also need to be reduced in size. Unbalanced, crooked or curved noses can be straightened and made more symmetrical.

Nose surgery may be performed in women older than 16 years old and men older than 17 years old, once they have completed their growth spurt. This surgery can be performed on babies or teenagers on very special cases.

After surgery the face will feel puffy and the nose may ache. Staying in bed with the head in an elevated position for the first day is highly recommended.

Swelling will be noticeable after two or three days, cold compresses can help reduce the swelling. Some of the swelling should disappear within three weeks or so, while the rest may take several months to entirely disappear, although it will be virtually unnoticeable to people excepting the patient and surgeon. Medicine by itself will not reduce the swelling, time will.

Length of procedure: 2½ hours
Type of anesthesia: Local anesthesia and sedation
Hospital stay: 1 night
Post-operatory stay in Costa Rica: 7-14 days

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