What is Rhinoplasty?

What is Rhinoplasty?

Nasal surgery or nose surgery is called Rhinoplasty. But you probably know the more common name for nose surgery: a nose job.

Through nose surgery, noses can be made smaller or larger, narrowed or straightened. Our Utah ENT doctors have vast experience enhancing the appearance of noses and correcting nasal deformities. We’ve prepared a set of articles to help answer questions you may have about nose jobs or rhinoplasty.

    • What is a Rhinoplasty?

 

 

 

  • What Happens During a Rhinoplasty?
  • How Can I Prepare for Nose Surgery?
  • How Long Does it Take to Recover from Nose Surgery?
  • How Is a Broken Nose Set and Repaired?

3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job

Celebrities aren’t the only people who pursue nose jobs. Chances are good you know someone who has had nose surgery or rhinoplasty. That’s because a well-performed nose job can improve the shape, appearance and proportion of your nose. That, in turn, can improve your looks and enhance self-confidence.
No nose is perfect and there are three major reasons people get a nose job.

  1. Your nose is repaired for medical reasons, for instance, to repair a deviated septum and help improve breathing
  2. Your nose is damaged in an accident
  3. You choose a nose job for cosmetic reasons

Read: 3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job

Open and Closed Rhinoplasty Surgeries

Before any nose surgery, your surgeon will examine your nose, the skin on your nose, the features of your face, and will discuss your goals and reasons for rhinoplasty with you. Once you commit to a nose job, there are two types of rhinoplasty surgeries: closed rhinoplasty and open rhinoplasty.

Small nasal humps or minor fullness in the tip of the nose can be performed in what is called a “closed” rhinoplasty. All skin incisions are done inside the nostrils, leaving no visible scars. A splint is worn for about a week afterwards. If the septum (the inside part that divides the two halves of the nose) needs straightening, this is usually done at the same time, and the internal splints usually stay in your nose for approximately one week.

More challenging nose surgeries (and most revision nose surgeries) are done with an “open” technique. A small zig-zag cut is made between the two nostrils, and is joined to cuts inside the nostrils that allow the skin of the nose to be lifted up. The cartilage and bone of the nose is exposed, allowing us to make major changes in the tip, the sides and the top of the nose.

Noses can be made smaller or larger, narrowed or straightened. Tips can be made more refined or prominent, raised or lowered. If more fullness is needed, your own cartilage can usually be harvested from your nasal septum, your ear, or even from a rib. Collapsed noses can be corrected using similar techniques.

A Natural Look is Our Goal

We’ve all seen pictures of celebrities with bad nose jobs. Our philosophy is that a nose must look “natural” after surgery. An operated appearance is to be avoided.
Cosmetic nose surgery can correct major deformities, or can correct subtle problems that detract from the overall appearance of the face. The good news is that our Utah rhinoplasty patients are satisfied with their nose surgery.

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center with Rhinoplasty Questions

Call the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to set an appointment with our Utah ENT doctors to discuss if a nose job is right for you.

Read: How Can I Prepare for Nose Surgery?
Read: How Long Does it Take to Recover from Nose Surgery?
Read: How Is a Broken Nose Set and Repaired?
Read: 3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job

Fix a Broken Nose

Repairing a Broken Nose

Nasal fractures and broken noses in Utah are common. Noses can be injured while playing sports—
baseball, football, rugby, skiing, wrestling and many other activities are common causes of broken noses.
Noses can also become fractured in accidents. And noses can be broken as part of rhinoplasty to help
enhance the look of a patient through cosmetic nasal surgery or the nose.

While a broken nose is painful and produces swelling, our Utah ENT doctors are expert at setting and
treating broken noses. We’ve written this article to help you understand what you can expect following a
broken nose.

Setting a Broken Nose

Broken noses with crooked nasal bones can often be set right in the office after numbing the nose, and this
is not a particularly painful procedure. It must be done within two weeks of the injury, before the bones
begin to set in their new position. If more than two weeks have passed since the injury, we usually have
to wait at least six months to let the bones completely set in their new position, and then perform a formal
rhinoplasty.

What to Expect Following a Broken Nose

If it is necessary to break the nasal bones to straighten the nose or reduce the size, you can expect to have
black eyes for one to two weeks. Fortunately, the swelling in the nose and face starts to go down after about
three days. However, your ENT doctor may prescribe painkillers for the first week.

Read: Recovery from Nose Surgery

We recommend our patients lie low for a week or so to enable their nose to heal. That means you may want
to schedule a few weeks off work to provide time for bruising and swelling to decrease.

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center for Questions about a Broken Nose

If you have a fractured nose or wonder if nose surgery is right for you, please contact the Ear, Nose and
Throat Center at 801-328-2522 for a consultation and treatment. We’ll work with you to diagnose and treat
your condition in the most effective manner that helps you once again breathe easy following a broken
nose.

Recovery from Rhinoplasty

Each year we regularly perform rhinoplasty surgery in Utah. Prior to surgery, ENT doctors will provide specific post-operative instructions that include directions that will help you care for your nose, as well as explain what to expect as you recover.

What to Expect Following a Nose Surgery

Once your cosmetic nose surgery is complete, internal tubes and packing will be placed inside your nose. A splint or bandages to help your nose heal are typically used on the outside of your nose to provide support.

For the first days following surgery, you can expect slight bleeding and mucus to drain from your nose or when the dressing is removed. We commonly use a drip pad under your nose to absorb drainage. This drip pad is a small piece of gauze that is held in place with tape and is easy to remove and replace as needed. Your ENT doctor will provide directions on how often to change the gauze.

If it is necessary to break the nasal bones to straighten the nose or reduce the size, you can expect to have black eyes for one to two weeks. The swelling in the nose and face starts to decrease after about three days.

Read: How Is a Broken Nose Set and Repaired?

Swelling and Resting Following Nose Surgery

After surgery, most people “lie low” for a week or more. To minimize bleeding and swelling and improve your comfort, we recommend bed rest for our patients. We also suggest you rest with your head at a higher elevation than your chest.

All patients react differently to surgery, but gauze and dressings are typically used for one to seven days following surgery. The splint or cast on your nose will also remain in place for about one week.

Pain killers are usually necessary for the first week following nose surgery.

Temporary swelling and black-and-blue discoloration of your eyelids and numbness is common following nose surgery. In most cases, the swelling and numbness will last for two to three weeks. Some people go back to work after one week when the bruising has turned a yellowish color and is fading. Others take two weeks off of work.

In rare instances, swelling can last between six months to a year. We advise our Utah rhinoplasty patients to use ice packs or cold compresses to minimize swelling and pain. Your doctor will provide additional direction and instructions following surgery and at a follow-up appointment.

The nose itself, particularly the tip may remain swollen for several months. It may take a full year before the nose completely settles down, but most of the healing takes place in the first two months.

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center with Rhinoplasty Questions

Our ENT doctors in Salt Lake City, Park City and Draper, Utah are expert at cosmetic nose surgery. Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to set an appointment with one of our board-certified physicians to discuss questions about nose jobs and nasal surgery.

Read: How Can I Prepare for Nose Surgery?
Read: How Long Does it Take to Recover from Nose Surgery?
Read: How Is a Broken Nose Set and Repaired?
Read: 3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job

Read: What is a Rhinoplasty?
Read: Recovery from Rhinoplasty
Read: 3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job

Read: Repairing a Broken Nose

Read: What Happens During a Rhinoplasty?
Read: How Can I Prepare for Nose Surgery?
Read: How Is a Broken Nose Set and Repaired?

About Rhinoplasty Surgery

Our Salt Lake City rhinoplasty patients expect positive outcomes and the Ear, Nose and Throat Center delivers. However, before you choose to have a nose job, it’s important for you to understand what you can expect during nose surgery.

Rhinoplasty is usually performed within the nose. The ENT surgeon will adjust the bone and cartilage beneath your skin. In an closed rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes small incisions inside the nostrils. In an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon will make cuts in the septum between the nostrils. At this point, the surgeon will separate the skin from the underlying bone or cartilage and mucous membranes. This allows your surgeon to cut, trim or augment nasal bone and cartilage.

The size of a nose can be both reduced or increased and shaped and molded during rhinoplasty. The surgeon may use small bits of cartilage harvested from inside your nose or your ear for small procedures. For more complex changes and enhancements, the surgeon may graft bone material into an existing nasal bone to enhance the size and shape of the nasal bone.

Read: What is Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery?

Anesthesia Used During Rhinoplasty Procedures

Nose jobs are performed in conjunction with local or general anesthesia. Your doctor will discuss your options before surgery. The following information details the difference between local and general anesthesia.

  • Local anesthesia. You’re probably familiar with local anesthesia from trips to the dentist. With local anesthesia, the doctor will inject medication that numbs pain directly into your nasal tissues. This allows the doctor to focus on your nose without numbing your entire body. The doctor may also use an intravenous line to sedate you during the procedure. Using an IV will make you feel sleepy but will not make you fully go to sleep.
  • General anesthesia. With general anesthesia, medication is administered either through your nose or through an IV placed in a vein in your body with the intention of inducing a state of unconsciousness. The Ear, Nose and Throat Center works directly with licensed anesthesiologists who will constantly monitor your condition and work directly with the ENT doctor to ensure your comfort and safety.

Following nose surgery, you will immediately wheeled into a recovery room where the nursing staff will monitor your condition. In many cases, patients will leave the hospital or surgery center a few hours after surgery (a friend or family member will drive you home). In other cases where the rhinoplasty is performed in a hospital, the patient may spend the evening in the hospital.

Read: Recovery from Rhinoplasty

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center with Rhinoplasty Questions

A rhinoplasty or nose job is a common cosmetic surgery that can correct breathing problems and improve the appearance of your nose. Call the Ear, Nose and Throat Center to learn more about rhinoplasty in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah.

Read: What is a Rhinoplasty?

Read: Recovery from Rhinoplasty


Read: 3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job

How to Prepare for Nose Surgery

Rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and help improve medical issues, which can make it easier to breathe easily through your nose. However, before the Ear, Nose and Throat Center schedules a rhinoplasty, we will meet with you to discuss your expectations and conduct a thorough physical examination. During this meeting we will:

  • Discuss your medical history: We want to understand the medications you are taking, medical conditions you currently have or have had in the past, and any information that can help us determine if a rhinoplasty is a good fit for your needs.
  • Conduct a physical examination: We will perform a thorough medical examination, which may include blood and lab tests. Your ENT doctor will also closely inspect the skin inside and outside your nose to determine if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty.
  • Shoot photographs of your nose: We will take photos of your nose from a variety of different angles. Your doctor will reference these photos prior to surgery and may use them during surgery for additional guidance and reference. We will also shoot before and after photographs so that you can easily see the nose job results.
  • Discuss your expectations: This is an important discussion because it’s critical for you and your surgeon to understand what is and is not possible in a rhinoplasty. We want to be sure that we understand your motivation for surgery and set clear expectations for the surgical outcome. Consider this candid discussion the roadmap for nose surgery success.

Read: Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery

Before your nose job we will encourage you to:

  • Avoid certain medications. For up to two weeks before and after surgery, we will recommend you avoid medications that contain aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) because these medications may increase bleeding. Your ear, nose and throat doctor will provide more detail and direction regarding medications before and after nose surgery.
  • Arrange for help on the day of your surgery. In most cases, a rhinoplasty is an outpatient treatment. That means you will go home within a few hours after your surgery. However, this means that you need to arrange transportation from the surgical center to your home. We also suggest that you ask a friend or family member to stay with you for a few days following surgery to provide assistance. It is not uncommon for patients to experience memory lapses, impaired judgment and slowed reaction time within the first 24 hours following surgery and sedation. A friend or family member can help you during this transition period and increase your comfort as you recover.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking is a bad idea at all times. However, smoking can slow healing following surgery, and we want you to recover quickly from rhinoplasty.

 

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center for Rhinoplasty in Utah

Rhinoplasty is a common plastic surgery procedure and one we regularly perform. Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center to schedule rhinoplasty in Utah today. We’ll work with you to assess your situation and, if appropriate, develop a treatment and surgical plan that helps you get the nose you’ve always wanted.

Read: Recovery from Rhinoplasty and Nose Surgery

Read: What is a Rhinoplasty?


Read: 3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job

woman after rhinoplasty side view

Rhinoplasty Photos: Before and After

Commonly referred to as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure for correcting and reconstructing the nose, either to restore function or enhance appearance. In the surgery, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist), a maxillofacial surgeon (jaw, face, and neck specialist), or a plastic surgeon, creates a functional, aesthetic, and facially proportionate nose by altering and manipulating the cartilage.

Patient #1

This patient had three prior sinus and septal surgeries elsewhere that resulted in a collapsed saddle nose. She was also bothered by her bifid (double) tip and hanging columella (inferior edge of midline septum) showing too much nasal mucosa. Cartilage was taken from her ear to create grafts on top of her nose to correct the saddle deformity. The fullness of the cartilage of her nasal tip was also trimmed and narrowed to get rid of the double and creased tip and the columella was raised to decrease nostril show. Normally cartilage from her nasal septum would have been used to recreate the dorsum of the nose, but there was none left due to the prior surgeries, so ear cartilage was used. Her sinus surgery was also revised, as there was some scarring partially blocking her sinuses again. Her sinuses are now doing great, and she is delighted with the appearance of her nose.

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Patient #2

This patient had her nose broken by her child’s head 14 years previously.  This resulted in a crooked nose off to the left with an irregular hump, and a dramatically crooked septum to the right blocking her airway. The nose was also overprojected (too far out from the face), hung down too low, the tip was bulbous, and she had irregular bone on both sides of the nose from the fracture. During her procedure the hump was removed, the bones were broken and straightened and the tip was set back to decrease the projection of the nose. The tip was then narrowed, the columella raised and the septum straightened. A piece of cartilage was then placed between the right sidewall of the nose and the dorsum of the nose giving better symmetry and increasing airflow, cartilage grafts were placed over the left bony depressions, and the tip support was strengthened.  She is now breathing great and is very pleased with the appearance of here nose.

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woman before rhinoplasty side view
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Patient #3

This patient broke her nose as a teenager and had a surgery elsewhere in an attempt to correct it, but her breathing got worse and a saddle deformity appeared on the top of the nose. A second surgery was performed soon after by the same surgeon but it did not improve her breathing or her appearance. More recently her young child threw his head back and broke her nose again. During her procedure her septum was straightened to improve airflow. An irregular piece of bone was discovered, which had been used in an attempt to correct the bump and dip on her dorsum. This bone graft was removed, and a graft from her septal cartilage was made and placed in the dip of the nose. Nasal bone irregularities were then removed, the bones were broken and straightened, and the base of the nose was raised. She now breathes great and has a natural and undamaged appearing nose.

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Patient #4

This patient had rhinophyma, an overgrowth of sebaceous glands often seen in long standing acne rosacea.  The excess weight of tissue in rhinophyma causes collapse of the nostrils and decreased airway.  He also had a crooked septum which made it hard to breathe through his nose.  During his procedure the excess tissue from the tip, top and sidewalls of his nose was removed and these areas were allowed to naturally heal back over. The septum was then straightened.  He can now breathe great and has a much more normal appearing nose.

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Patient #5

This patient is a kick boxer who has had his nose broken many times. During his procedure the hump on his nose was removed, the nose was broken and the bones straightened. The uneven nostrils were then straightened, along with the septum. He now breathes great, the nose looks natural, and he will try very hard not to break it again!

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Rhinoplasty in Utah

There are many reasons our patients choose rhinoplasty (or nose jobs if we use the casual term).

The Ear, Nose and Throat Center is committed to helping you look and feel your best. Our patients rely on our staff of ENT doctors because they know they will receive exceptional care and attention—whether we repair a deviated septum, reset a broken nose or conduct a comprehensive rhinoplasty.

Contact us at 801-328-2522 to learn more about rhinoplasty in Utah.

Read: What is Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery

Read: 3 Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty

man with broken nose

Broken Nose: Before and After Photos

A man appeared in our office with a dramatically broken nose. Dr. John Bennett, one of our ENT doctors in our Salt Lake City office, determined we needed to break the patient’s nose again in order to reset and improve the look.

Dr. Bennett performed a rhinoplasty and the results are dramatic. Where the patient’s nose was once crooked, it now sits straight and natural. The patient was pleased and recovery time was rapid. The before and after photos are separated by two months only.

man with broken nose
BEFORE – Broken nose curves toward right
man after broken nose
AFTER – Nose appears straight
man with twisted nose
BEFORE – curvature of nose visible in nostrils
broken nose after rhinoplasty
AFTER – Nose is straight and aligned

Rhinoplasty Procedures in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah

Broken noses and nasal fractures are common. We’re expert at setting and treating broken noses. Surprisingly, setting a broken nose is less painful than you might expect. It’s best to set the broken nose within two weeks of injury. This helps ensure the nose does not set in an unnatural position. However, if it has been longer than two weeks after the injury, we can break the nose and reset it as we did in this example.  Typically, a broken nose and/or rhinoplasty requires a week of healing.

Read: Repairing a Broken Nose

If you’re suffering from a broken nose, please call 801-328-2522 and set an appointment in our Salt Lake City or Draper, Utah offices. We’ll assess options and develop a treatment plan that repairs your broken nose and improves your appearance.

Read: What is Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery

Read: 10 Tips for Quick Recovery from Nose Surgery

woman after rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty: Before and After

Some of our patients seek rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons. This female patient arrived in our offices and was troubled by her crooked nose, a hump near the top of the nose, a “split tip” where there was a minor cleft at the tip of the nose. Overall, she felt that her nose extended too far from her face.

Dr. John Bennett diagnosed her situation, developed a surgical plan and performed a successful rhinoplasty. The result is that her nose is more correctly aligned and the patient was thrilled by the result.

woman before rhinoplasty
BEFORE – Nose is curved to the right
woman after rhinoplasty to repair crooked nose
AFTER – Nose appears straight and aligned
side image of woman nose before rhinoplasty
BEFORE – Notice small hump near top of the patient’s nose
side view of woman after rhinoplasty to repair crooked nose
AFTER – Hump removed and nose upturned to enhance appearance

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center for Rhinoplasty

There are many reasons to choose rhinoplasty.

  • Your nose may be injured or broken in an accident
  • You have a deviated septum that makes it difficult to breathe or causes you to snore
  • You simply want to improve your appearance by enhancing your nose

We see patients daily in our Salt Lake City and Draper ENT offices who seek our rhinoplasty services. The reasons are less important than the outcome. Our goal is to help you look and feel better. Contact us at 801-328-2522 to learn more about rhinoplasty in Utah.

Read: What is Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery

Read: 3 Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty

Before and After image of deviated septum

5 Signs You May Have a Deviated Septum

No nose is perfect. In fact, most of us have noses that are slightly crooked and could benefit from deviated septum surgery (septoplasty)—a procedure where the center of the nose, or septum, is straightened and aligned.

You’ve surely seen people with severely curved noses. They’re obvious candidates for deviated septum surgery. Yet many of us have deviated septums and that condition can lead to trouble breathing and sleeping and is often related to the potentially life-threatening condition of sleep apnea.

Read: What is Sleep Apnea?

Here are 5 symptoms of a deviated septum. Not all people with a deviated septum will experience these symptoms. However, if you recognize these symptoms, our ear, nose and throat doctors in Salt Lake City can diagnose and treat your deviated septum.

Deviated Septum Symptom #1: Difficulty Breathing

A misaligned septum makes it more difficult for air to pass through the nostrils and into your lungs. As a result, you may encounter trouble breathing—especially when you have a cold or allergies. Those conditions make your nasal passages swell and narrow, which further constrains your ability to breathe.

Deviated Septum Symptom #2: Regular Nose Bleeds

In some patients, a deviated septum leads to regular nosebleeds. That’s because the curvature of the septum creates turbulence as air passes through the nostril. Think about your septum like the hood of a car or an airline wing. The more aerodynamic the surface area, the more easily air passes past the septum (or the wing of an airplane). In noses, the more turbulence on the septum, the drier it becomes and that can lead to a bloody nose.

Deviated Septum Symptom #3: Frequent Sinus Infections or Cold Symptoms

A clogged airway or impaired breathing through your nose often leads to sinus infections, post-nasal drip or what many people simply term “common cold” symptoms. If medicines do not help cure your sinus infections or nasal drip, you should seek help from an otolaryngologist.

Deviated Septum Symptom #4: Facial Pain and Headaches

People with a deviated septum feel “clogged up.” That can lead to headaches and facial pain. In some cases, facial and nose pain is caused by the nasal septum actually contacting the outside wall of your nose. Obviously, that’s a severely deviated septum and one that merits an exam by a trained ENT doctor.

Deviated Septum Symptom #5: Difficulty Sleeping

One or all of these deviated septum symptoms can contribute to great difficulty sleeping. You know the frustration of trying to sleep when you’re heavily congested. Now imagine that condition nearly every time you lay your head on a pillow. A deviated septum can cause you to lose sleep and that can make you irritable. More critically, a deviated symptom can contribute to sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder and can prove fatal.

Get Relief from a Deviated Septum

The good news with a deviated septum is that it can be surgically repaired. Our Utah ENT doctors perform rhinoplasties (nose jobs) on a regular basis and can help diagnose, treat and repair your deviated septum. Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to learn more.

Read: 3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job

Man recovering from nose surgery

10 Tips for Nose Surgery Recovery

A nose job or rhinoplasty can help you breathe easier or make you feel better about how you look and feel. In fact, there are many reasons for nose jobs.

But once you’ve had nose surgery, you want to recover quickly and without complications.

“The nose will be tender to touch for six weeks following surgery. So you need to take it easy, slow down and follow these tips for the first few weeks following nose surgery,” says Dr. John Bennett, a Utah ear, nose and throat doctor who specializes in rhinoplasty. “A little caution following surgery will pay off in a faster rhinoplasty recovery.”

Read: What to Expect During Nose Surgery

“People are surprised how often they bump their nose after surgery, especially from large dogs, small children, and partners,” Dr. Bennett continues. “If your partner is a restless sleeper, they may need to sleep elsewhere for a while to avoid their arm smacking the recently operated nose when the partner rolls over.”

Dr. Bennett recommends nose job patients follow these 10 tips for fast rhinoplasty recovery:

10 Tips for Fast Nose Job Recovery

  1. DON’T exercise vigorously for at least two weeks. Take it easy and avoid strenuous exercise that forces your body to consistently and aggressively move up, down and around. Ease back into exercise during your third week of recovery. Avoid playing basketball and volleyball for six weeks, or any other activity where you might get smacked in the nose by a ball or an elbow.
  2. DON’T go swimming. Your nose will be tender and swimming—especially diving—will move your nose around while it’s still recovering. Plus, chlorine may get inside your nose, which can sting. Stay away from the swimming pool for at least three to four weeks following your nose surgery.
  3. DON’T blow your nose for two weeks. Enough said here.
  4. DON’T eat foods that require heavy chewing. Save that steak dinner for later and eat simple, mild foods you can enjoy with minimal effort.
  5. DON’T laugh too hard or smile too wide. We know this sounds like stern advice. Just remember that your recovery is temporary and the less your nose bounces around or stretches, the better.
  6. DON’T brush your teeth aggressively. This may sound a bit silly, but aggressive brushing can cause you to move your upper-lip more than you might expect, and your upper-lip is connected to your sensitive nose. The less you move everything around your nose, the better you’ll feel and the faster you’ll heal.
  7. DON’T pull clothing over your head. Temporarily avoid t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters while your heal. Favoring button-down shirts while your nose heals will help you avoid unintended pain or nose movement.
  8. DON’T rest glasses on your nose up to four weeks following surgery. The less weight you place on your nose in the short term, the better the results in the long term. If you have contact lenses, now is a good time to use them. If you can live without sunglasses for the short term, we recommend you do so. If you absolutely must wear eyeglasses, it is best to tape the hard nasal splint onto the nose, then set the glasses on the splint. Otherwise, you may risk permanently pushing in the nasal bones. You may also want to hold glasses in your hands and peer through them without placing them on your nose.
  9. DON’T expose unprotected skin to the sun for three months following surgery. Using sunscreen whenever you venture out into the sun is always good advice. Following a nose job, however, limiting damaging sun exposure is critically important since too much sun can cause permanent discoloration on your nose.
  10. DON’T smoke for three weeks. This advice applies three weeks before and after surgery. If you are a smoker, this is a good time to stop!

Dr. Bennett concludes, “Every Salt Lake City rhinoplasty patient receives specific post-operative instructions that include directions that help care for a repaired nose following surgery, as well as explain what to expect during the recovery process.”

Read: Recovery from Rhinoplasty Surgery

Learn About Utah Nose Jobs

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to meet with an ENT doctor who regularly performs rhinoplasty surgery in Utah. We understand noses and work with our patients in Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper and Sandy, Utah to help determine if a nose job makes sense.