There are two main techniques used in nose reshaping operations: Open and Closed. Open means that some or all of the cuts are made outside the nose; closed means all cuts are made inside the nose.
A nose reshaping operation normally involves separating the soft tissue that lies on top of the nose from the bone and cartilage underneath. Depending on the operation, the surgeon might break the nose bone and reposition it and/or reshape the cartilage. This may include lowering humps, narrowing of nasal bones, shaping of the nasal tip or nostril size and improving the angle between the nose and the upper lip. Adding tissue to enhance certain features of the nose can also occur.
The procedure takes one hour and is done under either local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Post operation the nose would be covered with a metal or plastic splint or plaster to maintain its shape and position of the nasal bones. Patients are advised not to undergo any severe exertion for 2 to 3 weeks.