About the Procedure
Most rhinoplasties are performed with no external incisions, but occasionally they may require small incisions around the base of the nose to reduce the nostril size or across the strut at the base of the nose for very extensive procedures. Through these incisions the structures (bones and cartilage) of the nose are removed or reshaped to give the desired contour. Portions of the nose that affect breathing are also reshaped to improve breathing.
A protective splint is usually required for about 7 days, and infrequently a small nasal packing may be required for a few days.