Rhinoplasty – Nose Surgery
Rhinoplasty – Nose Surgery
Rhinoplasty, nose job, or the plastic surgery of the nose is a very popular procedure that can make profound differences not only in the balance of facial features, but also in a person’s self-esteem. The aesthetic improvements that a rhinoplasty surgeon can make include decreasing or increasing the size of the nose, altering the tip or bridge of the nose, and narrowing or changing the shape of the nostrils. When planning rhinoplasty, your surgeon considers your features, the skin on your nose and what you would like to change. Rhinoplasty can modify bone, cartilage, skin or all three.
Why it’s Done?
Rhinoplasty can change the size, shape or proportions of your nose. It may be done to repair deformities from an injury, correct a birth defect or improve some breathing difficulties. Although rhinoplasty is most often sought for cosmetic reasons, it can also help correct structural defects.
Risks & How you Prepare
Possible risks specific to rhinoplasty include:
- Recurring nosebleeds
- Difficulty breathing through your nose
- Permanent numbness in and around your nose
- Possibility of an uneven-looking nose
- Pain, discoloration or swelling that may persist
Before scheduling rhinoplasty, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, conduct a physical examination, take photographs and ask you about your expectations. Based on these he will give you options of various surgeries and decide what you want to go further with.
What to Expect & Results
Rhinoplasty is not a procedure with a set series of steps. Each operation is unique and is customized for the specific anatomy and goals of the patient. Rhinoplasty may be done inside the nose or through a small external incision at the base of the nose, between the nostrils. Your surgeon will likely adjust the bone and cartilage underneath your skin. Your surgeon can augment your nasal bone or cartilage in several ways, depending on how much needs to be added, the structure of your nose and available materials.
During the Surgery
Rhinoplasty requires local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the surgery and your surgeon’s preferences.After the surgery, you’ll be in a recovery room, where the staff monitors your return to wakefulness. You might leave later that day or, if you have other health issues, you might stay overnight.
After the Surgery
After the surgery you need to rest in bed with your head raised higher than your chest, to reduce bleeding and swelling. Your nose may be congested because of swelling or from the splints placed inside your nose during surgery. Your doctor also tapes a splint to your nose for protection and support. Your doctor may ask that you follow these precautions for several weeks after surgery.
- Avoid strenuous activities such as aerobics and jogging.
- Take baths instead of showers while you have bandages on your nose.
- Don’t blow your nose.
- Eat high-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to avoid constipation. Constipation can cause you to strain, putting pressure on the surgery site.
- Avoid extreme facial expressions, such as smiling or laughing.
- Brush your teeth gently to limit movement of your upper lip.
- Wear clothes that fasten in the front; don’t pull clothing, such as shirts or sweaters, over your head.
The vast majority of rhinoplasty patients who choose qualified surgeons to perform their surgery are satisfied with their results. In many cases, very slight changes to the structure of the nose – sometimes as little as a few millimeters – can produce drastic and pleasing results.