Reduction Rhinoplasty

A reduction rhinoplasty is one of two resizing techniques that can be used during nasal surgery; the other technique is called augmentation rhinoplasty, which involves enlarging a nose that is too small. Reduction rhinoplasty does exactly what it says: it reduces the size of the nose. When patients opt for this type of surgery, they can choose to reduce the overall size of the nose or concentrate on specific areas that need to become smaller, like the tip, a hump or bump, and more. During this process, the resizing is often done by removing cartilage and/or bone from the nose to achieve the desired shape and size.

As with any surgical procedure, reduction rhinoplasty begins with a consultation between you and a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. At this one-on-one meeting, you’ll have the chance to discuss your nose, what you don’t like about it, what you do like about it, and what you’d like it to change about it. If you’re talking a lot about how big your nose is,your surgeon will know to start including reduction rhinoplasty techniques into his surgical plan for you.

During this consultation, the facial plastic surgeon will also examine your nose, measure the proportions of your facial features, and get an idea of the exact changes you desire. These steps allow him to design the right approach that will solve your problems and get you the results you really want. As you discuss your surgical plan, keep an open mind about what your surgeon has to say. If he suggests leaving your nose slightly larger than you’d like, don’t be too quick to dismiss him. Remember that he is basing his opinion on the actual proportions of your face as a whole, so he will be offering advice that can help you maintain facial balance. After all, a nose that is too small will draw just as much attention as a nose that is too big, so check your urges to cut back too much on size.


A reduction rhinoplasty involves the same recovery timeframe and strategies of any type of rhinoplasty. Following your surgery, plan to experience swelling and discomfort for several days as the nose and tissues surrounding it begin to heal. As the healing process continues, you will see the bruising fade and the swelling subside. Gradually, your rhinoplasty results will emerge and you’ll be able to return to work, your regular activities, and all of the big events on your calendar.