What is Rhinoplasty
A rhinoplasty is an ideal procedure for people who are unhappy with the size, shape, or symmetry of their nose, or for people who suffer from a deviated septum, which may result in difficulty breathing.
Rhinoplasty is plastic surgery of the nose. It may be done for cosmetic purposes or medical purposes. Cosmetically, a rhinoplasty can enhance the facial proportions by correcting nose size, nose asymmetry, nose profile, or nasal tips. The procedure results in a more balanced facial symmetry and a size that is more desirable for the patient.
Medically, the rhinoplasty can correct a deviated septum, which obstructs the airway and can impede airflow. A deviated septum is one of the most common causes of impaired breathing, including severe snoring. By realigning the nasal structure, the nose becomes both more symmetrical and the septum is corrected.
Who is rhinoplasty for?
The rhinoplasty procedure may help people who are unsatisfied with the appearance of their nose, and it may also help to correct physical conditions like a deviated septum. Good candidates for the rhinoplasty procedure do not smoke, are physically healthy, and whose facial growth is complete (i.e. you are past a certain minimum age).
What are the benefits of rhinoplasty?
The rhinoplasty procedure can increase the self-confidence and enhance the self-image of someone who underwent the procedure because they were unhappy with the structure and look of their nose. Not only can the procedure result in a more symmetrical appearance, but it can also correct physical conditions like impaired breathing or snoring that may be caused by a deviated septum.
One little-known benefit of a rhinoplasty is that, if the procedure is being performed to correct a deviated septum, the costs of the procedure may be covered by insurance as it would be considered reconstructive for health purposes. The rhinoplasty procedure with the initial aim to correct a deviated septum can also be performed in conjunction with steps to correct nose asymmetry or nose size as well. This allows the patient to address a medical condition while, at the same time, achieving cosmetic results.
What are the recovery points for rhinoplasty surgery?
Patients who undergo a rhinoplasty should expect several weeks to months of recovery time in which soreness, swelling, and pain may be normal. It’s important to discuss your individual recovery procedures with your plastic surgeon. Typically, patients of rhinoplasty have a splint inserted into the nose and bandages placed around the outside of the nose; this is meant to support the new structures and reduce swelling during the healing process. . Swelling during the morning is common for several months to one year following the rhinoplasty. It is important to understand that the permanent setting of your new nose may take up to one year. During this time, gradual changes in the appearance of your nose are common as the nose structures are settling to their new position.