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Nose Cosmetic Surgery or Rhinoplasty

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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.

What is Rhinoplasty and Why is it Done?

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Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that involves reshaping of the nose. It can be done for therapeutic purposes, like fixing congenital deformities of the nose or enhancing breathing. It can also be done to improve the shape of the nose either by changing its shape, reducing its size or making it larger. The origin of rhinoplasty goes back in ancient history. The first reported Rhinoplasty was in 800 BC.

Deciding to Undergo the Operation

It’s crucial to determine if you are suitable for Rhinoplasty beforehand, before deciding to do the surgery. You have to be thirteen years of age or older, have a complete facial growth, and be physically healthy. Also, consultation sessions should be done between our plastic surgeons and you. During these sessions, the doctor discusses with you about your expectations of the operation outcomes, any known medical conditions, and whether you smoke or not. In addition, prior physical examinations of the nose and laboratory tests are important.

Things to do before the Surgery

Certain measures should be taken before the surgery in order to ensure that the operation goes smoothly. For example, it may be important to stop taking some medicines like Aspirin and Ibuprofen, since these medications can increase bleeding. Also, you should stop smoking at least two weeks before and after the surgery, since smoking can slow the afterward healing process and cause infection.

Anesthesia During the Surgery

Usually, a general anesthesia is applied during Rhinoplasty. However, sometimes a local anesthesia is applied. Local anesthesia has fewer side effects, but not all patients are comfortable with the sound of the surgeon breaking their bones.

The Operation Steps

The operation starts by making a small internal or external cut in the nose in order to reach the bone and cartilage. If the goal of the surgery is to make the nose smaller, then some of the bones and cartilages are removed. If the goal is to add volume to the nose, then filler is inserted to the nose. After that, the incisions are usually closed using dissolvable stiches and a splint is applied on the nose to prevent bones from healing in the wrong way and it also reduces swelling. Although this is a general method, we should tailor the surgery to individual needs.

What May Happen after the Surgery?

After the surgery, the general anesthesia may take time to wear off, which will affect your ability to coordinate. That’s why you must not drive for 24 hours after the surgery. Also, it’s common that you will feel that your nose is blocked and breaths from the mouth. Your face may also be swollen due to the incision. The swelling can lessen with cold compresses. In addition, if you feel any pain, the doctor could prescribe some painkillers.


What to do after the Surgery?

The bandages are removed after about a week. During that time, you should be aware of some measures that would speed recovery and prevent any unwanted complications. The patient is advised to sleep on his back while keeping his head in a raised position using an extra pillow, avoid doing excessive exercises, and be careful not to block the sneeze or blow his nose for a week. Also, it’s important to keep the splint on the nose dry. Dusty places should be avoided to prevent infection.

What Results to Expect from Rhinoplasty?

It’s important to keep in mind that rhinoplasty results are not instant. A week should elapse before the splint can be removed and it takes almost one month for the swelling to subside. Even after that time, a little inflammation will remain and it may take months to completely disappear. You will notice that the nose is changing slowly till it reaches the desired new shape.