A rhinoplasty can be performed on patients between the ages of teenage years and up. Breathing problems can be improved with septal surgery and the shape of the nose can be enhanced with a rhinoplasty procedure. Work is done on the cartilage and bone that form the structure of your nose. In most cases, incisions are made inside the nose and are not visible. If the base of the nose is narrowed or the nostrils reduced, small pieces of skin below the nostrils will be removed. External incisions are well hidden in the crease where the nose and cheek join. Bruising should be gone after a week and concealing makeup can be used at this time. Swelling, however, can last a number of weeks or months.