Wide Nose Rhinoplasty guide

Can Rhinoplasty Fix a Wide Nose?

One of the most common reasons for getting a rhinoplasty or nose job done is a wide nose. A wide nose is one with a wide nasal bridge that doesn’t seem to fit proportionally on the face when viewed from the front. Ideally, the nasal bridge is narrow at the top, gently  getting a little bit wider as you near the tip. If you’re considering getting a nose job for a wide nose, you’re likely wondering what the procedure entails, as well as what you can expect during the recovery process. 


This part is perhaps the most important part, besides the actual procedure. During this appointment, your plastic surgeon will get to know your likes and dislikes in terms of appearance and will get to know what you expect to achieve from a rhinoplasty procedure. Many plastic surgeons will be able to show you a simulation of what you may be able to expect from your procedure. Don’t be surprised if the doctor pushes back on your vision a bit if needed. In fact, a good plastic surgeon takes into account the entire face. He will know what will look best on you, not your favorite celebrity or a friend. At this point, your plastic surgeon will also go over what you need to prepare, as we explain in the next section.

Preparation for a nose job 

There are several things you need to do in advance before you have your rhinoplasty. You should avoid certain medications in the days before your surgery, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, blood thinners, and vitamin E. Your doctor will give you a full list, as well as discuss any prescription medications you are in the process of taking. For two weeks before a rhinoplasty procedure, you should not smoke. On the day before, take a shower. Don’t wear any makeup or lotion on your face.

And in terms of some practical things, make sure you have enough food and drink in the house. And stuff to do, so you can relax as you recover. Have some chapstick on hand—you’ll need some for dry lips after your procedure.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

There are two major types of rhinoplasty: open and closed. A closed rhinoplasty is often used for noses that don’t need much work done, and it is done from within the nostrils. But the amount of work that can be done is limited. An open rhinoplasty, on the other hand, gives greater access to the inside of the nose. For those having a nose job done for a wide nose, an open rhinoplasty will most likely be the method used.

General anesthesia is used. During a rhinoplasty, doctors work with some combination of cartilage, skin, and/or bone. For a wide nose in particular, your plastic surgeon will be doing a procedure called an osteotomy. This is where your plastic surgeon will cut the bones in the nose in order to reposition them more closely together or remove some parts, depending on the case. They will fuse back together in their new, thinner profile during the healing process.

Recovery process after rhinoplasty

You will be able to go home the same day as surgery. You will have a nose splint on, which will keep your nose protected during the initial healing process. This splint stays on for about a week, and your doctor will remove it. As with most cosmetic surgical procedures, you can expect some redness and swelling. The swelling will go down considerably in the next few days and weeks, but it will ultimately take 6 months for the last bits of minor swelling to completely go away. However, by the time your doctor removes your splint, you will be able to see in general how your nose will look. You should avoid strenuous activity for several weeks after the procedure.

If you’re considering rhinoplasty for a wide nose and live in the  L.A or Bakersfield . area, check out Dr. Edmund Fisher. Learn more here!

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