Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a "nose job," is a surgical procedure aimed at altering the shape, size, or proportions of the nose to enhance facial harmony and aesthetics or to correct structural defects that may impair breathing. It's one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures.

Rhinoplasty can address various concerns, including:

Cosmetic issues: This involves changing the size, shape, or proportions of the nose to improve its appearance and balance with other facial features.
Functional issues: Sometimes, rhinoplasty is performed to correct structural defects that affect breathing, such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates.
The procedure can be performed using either an open or closed technique. In the open technique, the surgeon makes an incision across the columella (the strip of tissue between the nostrils), allowing better access to the nasal structures. In the closed technique, incisions are made inside the nostrils, leaving no visible scars.

Recovery from rhinoplasty typically involves swelling and bruising, which gradually subside over a few weeks. Most patients can resume normal activities within a week or two, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks.

It's important for individuals considering rhinoplasty to have realistic expectations and to thoroughly discuss their goals and concerns with a qualified plastic surgeon. Additionally, rhinoplasty is a highly personalized procedure, and what works for one person may not be suitable for another.