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Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) FAQ

When can I have a rhinoplasty nose surgery?

The earliest a patient will be considered for a rhinoplasty nose surgery is 14 years old. By then the nose is fully developed.

Are the changes permanent?

Typically, the nose will change for approximately 1-2 years. Following this, the nose should maintain that appearance although subtle changes may occur.

What is the recovery like?

The nose surgery procedure usually is not considered painful except if the nose is packed for septal surgery at the same time. Patients are typically bruised for about 7-10 days. A cast is placed at the time of surgery and stays in place for about 1 week. The swelling will last longer, and the recovery time depends on the amount of work performed.

How long until I get back to normal?

Usually, jogging can resume after about 3 weeks, and full sports after about 5 weeks. Care must be taken to avoid sun exposure, as the nose will be numb to touch for a number of weeks following the surgery.

Is the procedure covered by insurance?

Typically, the outside changes of a rhinoplasty nose surgery are not covered by insurance. Internal septum surgery is usually a covered procedure. A recent injury and fracture of the nose may have coverage for the outside of the nose as well.

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