Rhinoplasty Surgery: Everything You Need to Know

surgery Rhinoplasty It is one of the most popular aesthetic interventions worldwide. It consists of remodeling the nose to improve their appearance and correct respiratory problems. If you are thinking of undergoing this operation, here we tell you everything you need to know.

Why undergo rhinoplasty surgery?

There are many reasons why a person may decide to undergo rhinoplasty. Some of the most common include:

  • Correct a disproportionate nose with respect to the rest of the face.
  • Correct a nose with a very large back or tip.
  • Correct respiratory problems, such as deviation of the nasal septum.

How is a rhinoplasty performed?

Rhinoplasty is carried out under anesthesia general in most cases and can last between one and three hours, depending on the complexity of the intervention. During the operation, incisions inside the nose or at the base of the columella (the part that separates the nostrils). Through these incisions, the surgeon can access the bones and cartilage of the nose and reshape them according to the desired result.

Types of rhinoplasty

There are two types of rhinoplasty: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. In closed rhinoplasty, all the incisions are made inside the nose. In open rhinoplasty, an additional incision is made at the base of the columella. The choice of the type of rhinoplasty will depend on the complexity of the intervention and the surgeon's decision.

What are the risks and complications of rhinoplasty?

Like any operation, rhinoplasty carries certain risks and complications. Some of the most common include:

  • Hemorrhage; Excessive bleeding that requires treatment to resolve it
  • Infection: it is a common risk in any surgery that is solved with the antibiotic regimen and usually disappears in a short time
  • Changes in the sensitivity of the nose.
  • Respiratory problems that are solved with a new surgery

It is important that before undergoing a rhinoplasty, you consult with a Plastic Surgeon certificate and follow all its instructions to minimize risks.

What is the recovery process after rhinoplasty?

During the first few days, it is common for there to be swelling and bruises in the operated area. A week later, the splint and the aspect of the face is already normal. The surgeon will tell you how to take care of your nose after the operation and will give you guidelines to avoid physical exertion during the first weeks.

When can you see the final results of rhinoplasty?

The final results of rhinoplasty can take several months to become visible. During the first weeks and months after the intervention, the nose will be swollen and it can be difficult to appreciate the final result. However, as the swelling subsides, the final shape of the nose will become more apparent. Deinflammation 90% is 3 months after surgery. 

How much does a rhinoplasty cost?

The cost of a rhinoplasty can vary greatly depending on several factors, such as the surgeon's experience, the complexity of the procedure, the type of rhinoplasty, and geographic location. In general, prices range from about 6,000 euros to 10,000 euros.

It is important to keep in mind that rhinoplasty is a cosmetic operation and, therefore, it is not usually covered by medical insurance. However, the functional part is covered by insurance.

How to choose a plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty?

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is the most important decision you will have to make if you are thinking of undergoing rhinoplasty. Some recommendations for choosing a good surgeon include:

  • Look for a plastic surgeon certified by an accredited body. In Spain www.secpre.org 
  • Research the surgeon's experience and read reviews from his past patients.
  • Ask to see before and after photos of previous rhinoplasties performed by the surgeon.
  • Talk to the surgeon about your expectations and make sure you feel comfortable with him or her.

Who are good candidates for rhinoplasty?

Anyone who has cosmetic or respiratory problems in the nose may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. However, it is important to note that rhinoplasty is not an operation for everyone. Some factors that can influence a person's suitability for rhinoplasty include:

  • Age: it is recommended that the patient be at least 16 years old to undergo rhinoplasty, since at that age the nose has reached its final size. although the ideal is that you are at least 18 years old so that your decision is more mature.
  • Health: It is important that the patient is in good general health before undergoing rhinoplasty.
  • Realistic expectations: It is important that the patient have realistic expectations about the outcome of the operation and understand that rhinoplasty cannot completely change their appearance.


Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic operation that can significantly improve the appearance and function of the nose. If you're considering rhinoplasty, it's important to educate yourself about the process, risks, and available financing options. It is also crucial that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has realistic expectations about the outcome of the operation.

Rhinoplasty is a surgical intervention that must be performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Although it can be an effective solution to correct respiratory and aesthetic problems, it is not an operation without risks and is not exempt from possible complications. Therefore, it is important that you follow all the surgeon's recommendations before and after the operation to minimize the risks and ensure that you get the best possible result.

We hope this text has been useful for you to learn more about rhinoplasty surgery and make an informed decision if you are considering undergoing this operation. If you have any additional questions or need more information, don't hesitate to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area.


Rhinoplasty FAQs

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery performed to improve the appearance and/or function of the nose. Surgery can be used to correct cosmetic problems with the nose, such as shape, size, or symmetry, as well as breathing problems.

How is rhinoplasty performed?

Rhinoplasty is performed through incisions in the nose, which can be internal or external. The plastic surgeon will work with the patient to understand their goals and expectations, and create a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to each individual's specific needs. During surgery, the surgeon can reshape the bone, cartilage, and base of the nose to achieve the desired results.

Is rhinoplasty painful?

Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient will not feel pain during the operation. It also doesn't hurt at any point afterward, although it's common to experience mild discomfort from the swelling.

How long does recovery take after rhinoplasty?

The recovery After rhinoplasty it lasts a week, at which time the splint is removed. It is important to follow the plastic surgeon's instructions on how to care for your nose during recovery and when you can return to normal activities. The end result of complete inflammation lasts for months.

What are the risks associated with rhinoplasty?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with rhinoplasty. Some of the possible risks include excessive bleeding, infection, poor healing, breathing problems, and changes in the sensation of the skin. It is important that the patient fully educate themselves about the risks and discuss any concerns with the plastic surgeon prior to surgery.

How can I prepare for rhinoplasty?

Prior to rhinoplasty, the patient should meet with the plastic surgeon to discuss the goals and expectations of the surgery. It is important for the patient to discuss their medical history, including any pre-existing conditions and any medications they are taking. In addition, the patient must follow the plastic surgeon's instructions on how to prepare for surgery, such as quitting smoking, avoiding certain medications, and eating a healthy diet.

How can I find a board-certified plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty?

It is important for the patient to find a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty. The patient can seek recommendations from friends, family or their GP. You can also search online at websites of plastic surgery societies, such as the Spanish Society of Plastic Surgery www.secpre.org, to find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. It is important that the patient consult with several plastic surgeons before making a decision, to ensure that they find the right surgeon for their needs and expectations.

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