Mayo Clinic surgeons trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery have extensive experience performing complex surgeries, including all types of nose surgeries.
Before your surgery, your surgeon will take into account your nose (nasal) features, the overlying skin and shape of your nose and your preferences. Your surgeon will determine how to help your nose function effectively, and how to reconstruct your nose to its most functional form and pleasing appearance. Your surgeon and treatment team will discuss with you prior to your surgery what to expect before, during and after your nose surgery.
During nose surgery, you'll have local or general anesthesia. Your surgeon may make incisions only inside your nose (closed procedure), or he or she may make an incision across the tissue separating your nostrils (open procedure). Your surgeon then will lift the flaps of skin and soft tissue covering your nose so that the surgery can be done. This allows your surgeon to alter your nose shape, repair a deviated nasal septum or perform other procedures.
Nose surgery can modify bone (the upper third of the nose), cartilage (the lower two-thirds) or both. Some nose surgeries require changing the position of skin from your forehead or cheek to your nose. Some procedures rebuild the nose using tissue from other areas, including cartilage removal from the partition in the middle of your nose (septum) or ear, bone removal from other areas of your body or use of artificial materials.
Once your surgeon has completed the procedure, your surgeon will replace the flaps of skin and soft tissue to cover your nose and close your incisions. Incisions may be placed in the natural creases of your nostrils. You may have a splint outside your nose, and/or splints or dissolvable material inside your nose for about a week as your nose heals.
You may have one of several types of nose surgery.