Anesthesiologist Questions Nose Plastic Surgery

How long will I be under during my nose job?

I'm having a nose job in a couple of weeks and am wondering: how long will I be under anesthesia for?

8 Answers

The length of time required to perform a rhinoplasty (nose job) varies tremendously. If only small changes in the tip are the goal, the procedure may last less than an hour and can be accomplished under local anesthesia. More extensive procedures that are more extensive, (those needing work on the septum, grafting, revision procedures) will take more time. Occasionally, 3-4 hours.

I hope this is helpful to you!
Depending on the extent of the procedure, it may be 2 hours or more.

After a nose job (rhinoplasty), it is the usual to apply a splint on the nose for one week give or take a day. At the end of that week, most facial and perioccular swelling resolves. The final outcome of the rhinoplasty results can take up to 12-18 months.
Good luck to you!
Rhinoplasty can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the technique and severity of the deformity. Your surgeon will let you know how long he expects it to take.
This is a great question you should review with your board-certified plastic surgeon. Each patient's rhinoplasty is unique to them and could affect anesthesia time and operating room time. Generally, you can expect to be in a typical rhinoplasty for about 2.5 hours.

Get well soon!
A surgical rhinoplasty is a powerful procedure that adds, removes, or re-positions tissue in the nose for better aesthetics - often completely reshaping the nose. These are big maneuvers that are often intended to create millimeter changes to the shape of the nose once it heals. The thickness of the nose skin can affect the overall result, however, an improvement can be obtained for most patients. All of this usually takes between and 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending on the extent of the procedure. For more info on rhinoplasty, click the link:

A detailed examination will help delineate the best surgical option and provide you a custom quote for your situation. Because you have breathing difficulties, insurance may even cover a portion of the cost!


Dr. David M. Tauber, MD
For the record, "nose job" is a bit non-specific and could range from a simple septoplasty (generally about 30-60 minutes of anesthesia time, depending on level of deformity) to a simple rhinoplasty (generally about 60-120 minutes of anesthesia time, depending on level of deformity), to a septorhinoplasty (two procedures in one, generally about 90-180 minutes of anesthesia time, depending on level of deformity) to a more radical nasal procedure (generally performed for malignancies of nasal/sinus structures) which can require many hours of operating time. General anesthesia is commonly done for these procedures, though some surgeons prefer "sedation + local anesthetics with vasoconstrictors" over general anesthesia for more superficial procedures. Even with general anesthesia, most surgeons will use local anesthetics with vasoconstrictors to reduce intraoperative blood loss and increase postoperative patient comfort. 
Hope that helps.
Most nosejob or “rhinoplasty” operations would require an anesthesia time of two hours, three in more complex cases.