Rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures to which men and women turn. Moreover, it is considered successful when it corrects an anatomical and functional problem of the patient. What is most important in rhinoplasty is to achieve a result that will be in full harmony with the shape of the face, well matching with all remaining characteristics and dorsal aesthetic lines, and as natural and less “artificial” result..


This particularity of this procedure is that it targets both the aesthetic and functional structures of the face and requires extensive knowledge and respect during the handling of the separate structures (bone, cartilage, skin, mucosa). It is performed under general anaesthesia, while the use of modern medication and the right handling makes this procedure relatively painless, which comes as a surprise to those submitted to rhinoplasty.

How painful is the procedure?

With the use of appropriate local anaesthesia solutions during the procedure, post-operative pain is limited.

From what age onwards can rhinoplasty be performed?

To treat aesthetic malformations, rhinoplasty may be safely performed after the age of 16 (excluding cleft lip cases where the procedure is performed at an early age).

How long does the oedema on the targeted area lasts and after how much time can the patient resume daily activities?

Oedema on the targeted area of the face depends on the problem dealt with during the procedure i.e. the nasal bone or cartilage and the selected technique, “open” or “closed” approach. It usually subsides within a week, i.e. while the patient wears a small splint on his nose. The minor oedema that remains on the nose area will be gradually absorbed within months. Therefore, while improvement is immediate, the nose characteristics are refined and are gradually visible and the final result of the procedure is apparent around six months after surgery.

Can a rhinoplasty procedure correct any respiratory problems?

During a rhinoplasty procedure, a well trained plastic surgeon is able do diagnose and effectively treat nasal septum scoliosis and nasal turbinate hypertrophy. In other words, the main structure of the nose must be handled as a whole in order to achieve a perfect aesthetic and functional result.

Which aesthetic malformations require an open rhinoplasty and when is the closed approach imposed?

Open rhinoplasty approach is used in cases where a detailed modification of the nasal tip is required (i.e. when the tip of the nose is asymmetrical, oversized, etc), in case of serious post-traumatic lesion of the nose structure (e.g. after an accident), a repeat procedure for correcting problems that occurred following a previous rhinoplasty and in cases of congenital defects. Closed rhinoplasty is performed when the main problem involves the nasal dorsum and the nasal tip only requires a small modification. An experienced plastic surgeon can successfully perform both techniques and is able to select the one that is most appropriate for each patient, so that the best possible aesthetic result is achieved.

Can a rhinoplasty procedure be combined with other operations on the face when this is considered necessary?

In order to achieve harmonic facial characteristics, it is often necessary to operate on the chin (chin augmentation), correct prominent ears etc.

Is hospitalisation necessary?

Hospitalisation is usually not necessary unless the doctor deems otherwise.

When is the result of this surgical procedure considered satisfactory?

The aesthetic result of this particular procedure is considered satisfactory, when it appears so natural that one is unable to tell of the plastic surgeon’s intervention, i.e. when the patient’s nose is in harmony with all other facial characteristics. An experienced plastic surgeon will always keep a gallery that will demonstrate the quality of his work.

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