How is a rhinoplasty done?

Rhinoplasty is usually done as an outpatient procedure under either general or local anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you sleep through the operation. With local anesthesia, you are sedated and the nose is numbed so you are relaxed and unable to feel the pain.

The incisions are made within the nostrils and may also be made across the base of the nose. The inner bone and cartilage are contoured to produce a more pleasing shape. The tip and bridge of the nose can be reshaped either by removing some bone and cartilage or adding cartilage grafts.

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