Look And Feel Your Very Best

The size and shape of your nose can certainly have an impact on how you feel about your appearance. One of the most common complaints about noses is that they are too big and detract from the rest of the face. For some people, they try to minimize the appearance of their nose through various makeup techniques, but this can only do so much. Other people simply focus on posing for photographs at certain angles or avoiding having their picture taken at all. This can cause a huge amount of distress for a person and can even lead to overall feelings of sadness or inadequacy. If you feel that your nose is too big, then a reduction rhinoplasty may be the appropriate cosmetic procedure for you.

What is Reduction Rhinoplasty?

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In order to learn if reduction rhinoplasty is right for you, you must first evaluate exactly what it is about your nose that you don’t like. There are two types of rhinoplasties that a person may elect: reduction rhinoplasty or augmentation rhinoplasty. While augmentation rhinoplasty focuses on making the nose larger, a reduction rhinoplasty elects to make it smaller. Patients may request to have their entire nose smaller or only portions of it. Ultimately, cartilage or bone is removed from the nose in order to create the profile that patients are going for.

What to Expect During the Procedure?

No matter what type of rhinoplasty you choose, the first order of business is to select the incision style. Some surgeons only offer one type of incision, but there are two: open or closed. Open rhinoplasties are those that have the incision site just under the nose in between the nostrils. A closed rhinoplasty is when the incision is placed just inside of the nostril in order to minimize scarring. However, the benefit of an open rhinoplasty is that it allows more access for the surgeon.

Depending on your specific goals, portions of cartilage and bone will be removed, and then the bridge and hump will be adjusted based on your desired look. You’ll go into this procedure with a clear plan that will be thoroughly discussed during the consultation.

Ultimately, the result will be a perfectly sized nose that fits the rest of your face and features. Keep in mind, the size of the nose may just be one part of the concern and other techniques may be used in order to tackle the shape or crookedness of the nose. Your doctor will be able to create a thorough plan for your rhinoplasty if you have other areas of concern outside of the size of it.

What to Expect After the Procedure?

As with most cosmetic procedures, there is a bit of recovery time following a reduction rhinoplasty. Patients should plan on experiencing some pain and discomfort in the days following the procedure. You may experience some inflammation and bruising that will slowly subside as the nose heals. You’ll be informed on when you can continue regular activities.

Side Effects

Reduction rhinoplasty can include some side effects that will likely subside in a matter of days. You should expect:

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Bruising

Your surgeon will provide additional guidance for how to care for your nose as it heals. You’ll want to be sure to take it easy in the days right after the surgery.


Reduction rhinoplasty can give patients back their confidence. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, please reach out to us. We are more than happy to discuss this procedure, potential side effects, as well as the recovery time. Contact Aesthetic Surgical Associates in Metairie, LA today to schedule your consultation 504-608-0500.