Rhinoplasty, or nose job, is perhaps one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can either increase or reduce nose size, adjust the shape of the nose tip or bridge, narrow the nostril span, or change the angle between the nose and the upper lip. A nose job can also correct birth defects or injuries, and even help relieve breathing problems. If you want to improve the way you look, you might be a good candidate for rhinoplasty.
When the surgery is complete, a splint will be applied to help the nose maintain its new shape. Nasal packs or soft plastic splints also may be placed in the nostrils to stabilize the septum, dividing the wall between air passages.
Some form of a splint for stability is usually in place for 7 to 10 days. Dried blood (crusting) will subside after a day or two. No heavy lifting or straining for 10 days. Expect bruising under eyes. Most swelling is diminished after one month; however, the nose remains a bit swollen for approximately six months. Only on rare occasions is nasal packing used.