Rhinoplasty aims at reshaping the nose by working on the cartilages, the bones and the nasal septum.

To consolidate the result and to make it last for a very long time, small cartilage transplants often have to be performed to allow a better support of the nose.

A deviation of the nasal septum can be corrected at the same time.


The preoperative assessment includes photographs, a nose X-ray, a coagulation monitoring and a pre-anesthetic consultation.

The surgery can take place on an outpatient basis (admission in the morning and discharge in the evening) or require a one night hospitalization.

The surgery is mostly performed under general anesthesia but can also take place under loco-regional anesthesia.
It lasts about one hour to one and a half hour and ends by implementing a protective splint on the nose and small wicks in the nostrils.

When the patient is discharged the wicks are delicately removed.


Bruising: moderate, but varying from one person to another. It generally lasts 8 to 10 days.
Pain: none or very light
Swelling: moderate. It lasts 10 to 15 days.
The splint is removed between 8 and 10 days after the rhinoplasty.
Sick leave: about 15 days
Many patients don’t feel embarrassed by the splint in their social activities and go back to work after 3 or 4 days.


At the end of the first month, the result is very visible in 80% of cases.

The definitive result gradually takes shape and is final at the end of the first year.

In some cases the result can be very good but a slight imperfection may remain. This imperfection will be touched-up under local anesthesia a few months later.