How Long Are You out During Nose Surgery?

How long are you out for while you are getting your nose repaired?

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Surgical Length of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty takes about 2 hours to perform. However, there are certain cases that can take less or more time. This is based on the complexity of the case. Also, keep in mind each surgeon has a different operative tempo.  

San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Anesthesia During Rhinoplasty

A typical nose job, if all goes according to plan, should take around two hours from start to finish. This means that you will be put to sleep under anesthesia a little before, and should expect to wake up a little after your surgeon completes the procedure. Always make sure that you have pre-arranged a ride home following a rhinoplasty as the anesthesia will make you drowsy and you will be unable to drive. 

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Anesthesia for Rhinoplasty

The time for rhinoplasty surgery varies depending on what is done for each individual patient. Don't be concerned about the length of anesthesia. With this operation, there is no added risk if anesthesia takes a little longer.  

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Varies with complexity of the rhinoplasty

The length of a rhinoplasty varies with the approach (endonasal versus external) and the complexity of the procedure. An average time would be 11/2 to 21/2 hours, but can range from less than 1 hour to about 5-6 hours for complex cases such as saddle nose and tertiary reconstructions requiring cartilage grafting, etc. Your surgeon can give you a good estimate at the time of your consultation.

Harrison C. Putman III, MD
Peoria Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Surgery Time

It all depends on what needs to be done and how much grafting needs to take place.  Also if you have breathing issues that will add time to the surgery.  So difficult to say but it can be anywhere from 1 hour to 3-4 hours in time.

Farbod Esmailian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Length of time for rhinoplasty (nose job)

This depends on the complexity of the procedure. For a simple hump rasping, you may not even need to be "out" and it could take under 45 minutes. However, if it is complex it could take up to 4 hours.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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How long is rhinoplasty surgery

 The actual surgery time can vary from surgeon to surgeon based upon the complexity. This can be 45 minutes to 2-3 hours.  Recovery usually requires about a week with a nasal splint, and about 2 weeks with bruising.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty, How Long Are You Under Anesthesia?

Hi Gerkil,

It depends on the complexity of the work, the skill of the physician, the teamwork of the operating room staff including the anesthesiologist, unexpected problems, and what time the surgeon's golf tee time is (just kidding about the golf time).

Most experienced rhinoplasty surgeons will be able to examine your nose and then give you an estimate of the amount of time surgery will take. It usually is somewhere between 1 to 3 hours with 2-2.5 hours most commonly.

Choose your rhinoplasty surgeon carefully.

Be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty recovery

This all depends as to what you are actually getting done.  A simple reduction in the "hump" on the bridge of your nose is an easy recovery, about 4-5 days.  However, a full rhinoplasty with narrowing of the nose and major tip work requires 2 weeks of no work or exercise.  Good luck!

The average time for rhinoplasty is an hour and one half

Rhinoplasty is often completed under a general anesthesia, though a sedation technique also works quite well for some patients. Anesthesia or sedation does require some time and preparation in its own right and though a average nasal shaping will take perhaps an hour and half, the time a patient is 'out' is approximately two hours. The time of the operation can of course vary, however after an hour and half, or so, swelling can begin to take hold and we feel it is best to have the nose set right, taped and splint in place by this time if possible. After sedation or anesthesia though, patients are 'awake' they may not remember clearly for an additional hour, but after this should feel well and be prepared for a trip back home.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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