The Ins and Outs of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Palo Alto CA | Dr. Orna FisherRhinoplasty (commonly referred to as a nose job) is one of the most common plastic surgeries done today. And no wonder – it’s an effective and dramatic way to change the size, angle, and shape of your nose. And not only does it improve your appearance, but it can also correct breathing problems, chronic congestion, and other nasal conditions. But the reasons for rhinoplasty don’t stop there. A nose job can be done to achieve any of the following:

  • Repair a deviated septum
  • Change the width of your nose at the bridge
  • Make the nose more proportionate with the rest of your face
  • Narrow the nostrils
  • Remove bumps on your nose for a better profile
  • Recontour the shape of the tip of your nose if it’s drooping, enlarged or upturned

How is it done?

Rhinoplasty involves accessing the cartilage and bones in the nose via small incisions. Depending on the desired results, bone and cartilage may be taken out, or tissue may be put in. The bone and cartilage in the nose are then reshaped and rearranged, after which the skin and tissue are redraped over the structure of the nose. Finally, the surgeon will apply a splint to the outside of your nose to provide support during the healing process.

What is recovery like?

You will have bruising and swelling for about a week after surgery, particularly surrounding your nose and eyes. Your doctor will recommend that you keep your head elevated to alleviate swelling and promote healing. You will also be advised to avoid strenuous activity for the first-month post-surgery. After about a week, the splint will be removed from your nose.

Ready to learn more?


Rhinoplasty is a serious surgery, so an in-depth discussion with your surgeon is necessary before you decide to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure. The two of you can talk about desired outcomes and realistic expectations.  If your expectations are reasonable, rhinoplasty surgery can do wonders for your self-image.

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If you are interested in learning more about a rhinoplasty surgery, contact Dr. Orna Fisher in our Palo Alto, CA office today at 650.321.7100. Our practice is located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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