Do you have trouble breathing through your nose? Would you like to change the shape of your nose? The rhinoplasty procedure at Douglas Anderson’s Ogden ENT office is used for people who need or want corrective nose surgery. The nose is made up of three different components including cartilage, bone, and skin. During a rhinoplasty procedure, your doctor will correct the shape of the nose by altering one of more of these components.

How It Works

A rhinoplasty surgery is unique for every patient, so there are no exact steps for the procedure. Your doctor will establish a customized approach for your rhinoplasty, depending on your personal goals and the anatomy of your face. The rhinoplasty will be done either through the nostrils or a small external incision on the base of the nose.

What Happens During a Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Depending on the complexity of the rhinoplasty procedure, you will either be placed under local or general anesthesia. For a rhinoplasty with local anesthesia, the doctor will inject the nasal tissues with a pain-numbing medication, while also sedating you with medication through an IV (intravenous) line. The sedation will make you groggy and relaxed, but you will not be completely asleep. If you are under general anesthesia, you will be asleep for the duration of the procedure.

After your anesthesia has been administered, the doctor will adjust the bone and cartilage under the skin of the nose. If additional cartilage is needed, the doctor may harvest it from deeper in the nose, ear, rib, or another part of the body.

After your rhinoplasty, your doctor will give you specific instructions for recovery, but generally you will want to avoid strenuous activities, refrain from blowing your nose, and eat a high fiber diet to prevent constipation and straining.

If you would like more information about the rhinoplasty procedure, reach out to the office of Douglas Anderson, MD in Ogden, Utah to schedule your appointment.