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How to Make Your Nose Smaller – Surgery for a Smaller Nose

Written By Joe Gryskiewicz, MD, FACS

A woman smiling and pointing at her noseThe shape and size of your nose can determine how your face looks. While some people find a pronounced and large nose beautiful and interesting, others try to hide this facial feature with makeup or hairstyles that make their nose appear smaller. If you don’t like the look of your nose, find out how to make your nose smaller with the help of plastic surgery.

Minnesota Plastic Surgeon Dr Joe Gryskiewicz is a nose surgery expert and can help you get the nose you want by performing rhinoplasty surgery.

What Surgical Options Are Available to Reduce the Size of Your Nose?

If you think your nose needs to be worked on by a plastic surgeon, you can opt for different types of rhinoplasties. You can either have a reduction in the size of the base of your nose, a tip rhinoplasty or you could have nose reshaping rhinoplasty.

If you have a small chin, your surgeon might talk to you about the possibility of chin augmentation. A small chin gives the impression of a larger nose. In some cases, chin surgery is unnecessary, although it may help better balance your facial profile.

What Is a Rhinoplasty?

A surgeon checking the nose of a patient. Only the surgeon's hands are visible.A rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that changes the size or shape of the nose. Since the nose is your face’s focal point, any small change that affects your nose has a big impact.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgeries can change your nose’s cartilage, bone, or skin. Before you have this procedure done on your nose, you should talk to your plastic surgeon about how you want your nose to look and whether you should undergo rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging and complex cosmetic procedures that can change your appearance and can also affect your ability to breathe. So make sure to find the best surgeon for your procedure.

Before performing either type of rhinoplasty on you, your surgeon will analyze the other features of your face, the skin of your nose, and the changes you want to achieve. Now, let us look at how the types of rhinoplasties can help you reduce the size of your nose.

Base Reduction Rhinoplasty to Make Your Nose Smaller

A nasal base reduction, or alarplasty, involves reshaping the nostrils to create a smaller nose. After the surgeon removes the tissue, he will suture the skin of your nose to make the base of your nose narrower.

Fortunately, the natural folds of your nose can easily hide the scars of an alarplasty. In addition, this procedure reduces the size and width of the nostrils.

What To Expect During Alarplasty Surgery

Alarplasty is a stand-alone procedure and is less invasive than a full rhinoplasty. The plastic surgeon usually takes less than 60 minutes to perform the procedure, and you will most likely need local anesthesia.

If your surgeon is to perform other procedures on your face, you will most likely have a general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia depends entirely on what you want and how complex the procedure is.

Before the procedure, your surgeon will provide you with more details to ensure you are comfortable with what follows.

Recovery after Alarplasty

Because alarplasty does not require bone reshaping, you should expect a quicker recovery than after a traditional rhinoplasty.

A few days after the procedure, you might feel discomfort and swelling in the nose area. You should also expect some bleeding 2 days after the procedure. After a week, the swelling should be gone.

Your surgeon might prescribe analgesic medication to help alleviate the pain and discomfort. The healing process after alarplasty involves caring for your new nose and nostrils, even after the surgeon removes the sutures.

Nose Reshaping Rhinoplasty to Reduce the Size of Your Nose

Profile view of a woman closing her eyes and touching her noseNose reshaping rhinoplasty is the type of surgery often referred to as a “nose job.” The goal of this procedure is to contour your nose so you can be happy with the size and shape of your nose.

In an open rhinoplasty, your surgeon makes an incision through the skin between your nostrils. In a closed rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions inside your nostrils.

Most people prefer closed rhinoplasty because it causes less swelling and leaves less visible scarring.

What to Expect During the Nose Reshaping Rhinoplasty Surgery

It usually takes a plastic surgeon 1.5 to 3 hours to perform a rhinoplasty. Your surgeon may use a scalpel to remove excess cartilage and an osteotome to shape the bone.

During the procedure, your surgeon might also work on your nasal airway to improve your breathing. Therefore, rhinoplasty can be more than just plastic surgery for some people.

Depending on your surgeon’s preference and your procedure’s complexity, you may receive either local or general anesthesia.

Recovery after Rhinoplasty

You will recover from rhinoplasty in around 2 weeks. However, you will also need to wait a month or more to see the effects of the procedure.

Most of the swelling will go down after about 6 weeks. Some swelling may persist for up to a year. Your surgeon will remove the stitches after one week. On the other hand, dissolvable stitches disappear on their own.

You will have a splint on your nose to protect it for one week. Then you may be started on a compression exercise and night taping program.

Swelling, discomfort, tenderness, and bruising on your cheeks may bother you for a week after your procedure. However, everything will have healed in 2 weeks.

After the procedure, your surgeon will give you detailed and specific instructions. You will learn how to take care of your nose, what medications to take, and what to avoid.

Preparing for Rhinoplasty Surgery

Close-up of a surgeon examining the nose of a smiling patientBefore you make an appointment for surgery, you will need to discuss with your plastic surgeon whether a rhinoplasty is right for you. This conversation often involves the following topics:

If you are undergoing outpatient surgery, you must have a plan for transportation after your scheduled procedure. Moreover, you will feel a certain level of discomfort in your face.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Over 200,000 rhinoplasties are performed annually, making it one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures.

Although many people have a rhinoplasty primarily for cosmetic reasons, you may be surprised at the health benefits of this procedure. For many people, rhinoplasty boosts their self-esteem, but it can also positively affect their overall health.

Here are some of the benefits of rhinoplasty for you:

FAQs about How to Make Your Nose Smaller and Rhinoplasty Surgery

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Medical References about Rhinoplasty

This blog has been authored by “Dr. Joe” Gryskiewicz MD, FACS.

About Dr. Joe Gryskiewicz:

Dr. Joe Gryskiewicz is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience performing aesthetic surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and belongs to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Aesthetic Society, The Rhinoplasty Society, and many other national institutions.