What is a nose job or rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty surgery involves reshaping of the nose both on the inside and the outside.  This not only can approve appearance, but also can improve breathing function through the nose.

Who would benefit from rhinoplasty?

Anyone who doesn’t like the appearance of his or her nose.  Many patients have a dorsal hump on their nose that can make the nose more masculine. Some people simply don’t like the roundness of their nasal tip.  Some feel that their nose hangs to low or is turned too high.  Some people feel their nose just isn’t straight.  All of these deformities can be corrected via rhinoplasty.

Why should I choose Dr. Graham to perform my rhinoplasty?

In addition to being an experienced surgeon, Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Graham has had additional training in rhinoplasty surgery by attending the world renowned Dallas Rhinoplasty Course through the UT Southwestern Plastic Surgery Department.

What does rhinoplasty surgery involve?

Rhinoplasty surgery begins with an incision on the undersurface of the nose.  The nose skin is then peeled back as the underlying cartilage and bone is exposed.  This cartilage and bone is then reshaped to give a more aesthetic look to the nose.  Through several specific techniques the nose can be made to look longer, shorter, wider, or narrower.  Small asymmetries and bumps can also be removed.  This results in a dramatic change in facial appearance.

What are the main risks of this surgery?Rhino1

Please refer to the following form published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)


What is the typical postoperative course?

Day 1
• Keep dressings clean and dry. A nasal splint and nasal packing will be in place.  These will be removed in 1 week at the physicians office
• Sleep on at least 2 pillows for 1-2 weeks after surgery to improve swelling
• May ice-20 minutes on/20 minutes off
• No heavy lifting or straining
• No nose blowing

Day 2-7
• You may now shower, but keep splint and packing dry.  You may need to use a Rhino2sponge to wash your face
• No nose blowing
• No heavy lifting or straining

Day 7 to 4 weeks
• You may slowly resume normal activities
• No straining or heavy lifting
• You may discontinue sleeping on 2 pillows
• You may now wear make up

4 weeks +
• No restrictions as you gradually recover


You may drive when you are off narcotics and feel confident to control the car, even in an emergency.  Most patients are able to drive within 1-2 weeks.

Time off of Work? Restrictions?

This is dependant on the type of work you perform.  Many patients with office jobs only require a week.  However, patients who perform heavy labor may require 4-6 weeks to recover.  You will not be able to do any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for at least 4 weeks.