How much time will rhinoplasty surgery take to complete?

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How much time will rhinoplasty surgery take to complete?

      This may range from 10 minutes to 1 hour, depending upon the procedures involved.    Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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How long does a rhinoplasty take

It depends on what is required in the surgery and whether it is a first time rhinoplasty or a revision.  The usual case takes 1 and 1/2 hours.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Time to Complete a Rhinoplasty

It is difficult to tell you how long it may take to complete a rhinoplasty without having an evaluation or photographs.  A procedure may take anywhere from 1-4 hours depending on what needs to be done.  

Michael Sundine, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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How much time will rhinoplasty surgery take to complete?

This depends entirely upon the complexity of the procedure, the efficiency and experience of the surgeon. Most rhinoplasty procedure take about two hours or less but revision or very complex primary rhinoplasties can take up to three hours or slightly more. I hope this answer is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Lone Tree Facial Plastic Surgeon

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Each Rhinoplasty is unique and so is the specific operation and time required varies. Average time is 90 minutes.

Jay M. Pensler, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Operative time for a rhinoplasty

 Most  Experienced  rhinoplasty surgeons take between one to 2 hours to perform a full rhinoplasty procedure including cartilage grafts, tip work osteotomies and even an alar plasty.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Much TIme Will Rhinoplasty Surgery Take to Complete?

The length of Rhinoplasty surgery depends on a few factors but a typical Rhinoplasty procedure in my champaign outpatient facility takes about an hour and a half. It is carried out under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.  Most patients spend about one hour in our recovery room and are then released to recover in the comforts of their home.  Patients will return to work within 4-6 days.


Guillermo D. Castillo, MD
Bloomington Facial Plastic Surgeon
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First time rhinoplasty should take nomore than two hours -- that will include complete treatment of the entire deformity.


Thomas Trevisani, Sr., MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Surgery Expert

 Every patient is unique. Your anatomy determines the extent of surgery required. If you have difficulty breathing with an anatomic deviation of your nasal septum, that is corrected first.  Subsequently, the external features are refined. The length of your nose, width of the base, shape of the tip, rotation of the tip are common areas of concern.

Typically, an experienced Rhinoplasty Surgeon performs a Septorhinoplasty in 2-3 hours.

Greg Chernoff, MD
Indianapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How long a #rhinoplasty takes depends on several factors


How long a #rhinoplasty takes depends on several factors.  

The skill and knowledge of your surgeon.  (The exception to this is Dr. Dean Toriumi who is actually a great surgeon but takes routinely 6-8 hours for a rhinoplasty due to teaching other surgeons, performing studies on each nose and placing numerous grafts).  Usually though more indecisive or inexperienced surgeons will take longer.  

The type of surgery your surgeon is going to do. Open rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty usually can take longer.

What is needed for YOUR particular nose.  Some nosejobs can be done in minutes and some take hours.  

If a resident or fellow in training is doing your surgery it will take longer.  Make sure you know 100% WHO is doing your surgery.  If you go to a teaching hospital like Johns Hopkins, there is a good chance a resident is doing a good part of your surgery.  

Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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