Our Salt Lake City rhinoplasty patients expect positive outcomes and the Ear, Nose and Throat Center delivers. However, before you choose to have a nose job, it’s important for you to understand what you can expect during nose surgery.

Rhinoplasty is usually performed within the nose. The ENT surgeon will adjust the bone and cartilage beneath your skin. In an closed rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes small incisions inside the nostrils. In an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon will make cuts in the septum between the nostrils. At this point, the surgeon will separate the skin from the underlying bone or cartilage and mucous membranes. This allows your surgeon to cut, trim or augment nasal bone and cartilage.

The size of a nose can be both reduced or increased and shaped and molded during rhinoplasty. The surgeon may use small bits of cartilage harvested from inside your nose or your ear for small procedures. For more complex changes and enhancements, the surgeon may graft bone material into an existing nasal bone to enhance the size and shape of the nasal bone.

Read: What is Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Nasal Surgery?

Anesthesia Used During Rhinoplasty Procedures

Nose jobs are performed in conjunction with local or general anesthesia. Your doctor will discuss your options before surgery. The following information details the difference between local and general anesthesia.

  • Local anesthesia. You’re probably familiar with local anesthesia from trips to the dentist. With local anesthesia, the doctor will inject medication that numbs pain directly into your nasal tissues. This allows the doctor to focus on your nose without numbing your entire body. The doctor may also use an intravenous line to sedate you during the procedure. Using an IV will make you feel sleepy but will not make you fully go to sleep.
  • General anesthesia. With general anesthesia, medication is administered either through your nose or through an IV placed in a vein in your body with the intention of inducing a state of unconsciousness. The Ear, Nose and Throat Center works directly with licensed anesthesiologists who will constantly monitor your condition and work directly with the ENT doctor to ensure your comfort and safety.

Following nose surgery, you will immediately wheeled into a recovery room where the nursing staff will monitor your condition. In many cases, patients will leave the hospital or surgery center a few hours after surgery (a friend or family member will drive you home). In other cases where the rhinoplasty is performed in a hospital, the patient may spend the evening in the hospital.

Read: Recovery from Rhinoplasty

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center with Rhinoplasty Questions

A rhinoplasty or nose job is a common cosmetic surgery that can correct breathing problems and improve the appearance of your nose. Call the Ear, Nose and Throat Center to learn more about rhinoplasty in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah.

Read: What is a Rhinoplasty?

Read: Recovery from Rhinoplasty


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