A rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure done to enhance or reshape the appearance of the nose. Although it is commonly performed due to cosmetic reasons, it can also be done to improve functionality.
When is a Rhinoplasty Needed?
You might be recommended to get rhinoplasty if you need or want to:
· Improve the appearance of your nose.
· Correct or improve a congenital abnormality.
· Correct a deviated septum.
· Repair a deformed nose due to injury or trauma.
Ultimately, the decision to undergo rhinoplasty should be made in consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon, who can assess your unique situation and guide you toward achieving your desired goals and optimal nasal function.
Who is Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?
To qualify for a rhinoplasty you must have good physical health, not smoke, and have reasonable, realistic, and clear expectations for the procedure.
You must also have fully developed facial growth, which is typically reached around late adolescence or early adulthood. This ensures that the nose has reached its final size and shape before undergoing any alterations.
1. Anesthesia: Depending on the complexity of your surgery, you will be given either general anesthesia, where you’ll be asleep during the procedure, or local anesthesia, where your nose will be numbed.
2. Incision: Open and closed rhinoplasty are the two main types of rhinoplasty procedures. If you’re getting an open rhinoplasty, the incision will be made across the columella, which is the skin between the nostrils. If a closed rhinoplasty is performed, the incisions will be made within the nose.
3. Reshaping the Nose: Your surgeon will carefully reshape the bone and cartilage within the nose to achieve the desired outcome. They may remove excess bone or cartilage, or add grafts to enhance the shape and structure.
4. Correction of a Deviated Septum: If you have a deviated septum that causes breathing difficulties, your surgeon may reposition the septum to improve airflow.
5. Closing the Incisions: After the necessary adjustments have been made, the surgeon will close the incision using stitches.
A splint or cast will be placed on the outside of your nose to provide support and protect your nose during the healing process.
Recovery After Surgery
Recovery after a rhinoplasty typically takes several weeks. During the first few days after surgery, you will experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the nose and eyes. Your doctor will instruct you to rest in bed keeping your head elevated, to reduce bleeding and swelling.
You may also experience temporary nasal congestion and difficulty breathing through your nose.
Other instructions that might be given by your doctor include:
· Avoid heavy exercise.
· Avoid blowing your nose.
· Apply cold compresses.
· Avoid putting too much pressure on the bridge of your nose.
· Protect your nose from any impact.
Following your doctor’s indications will help you achieve successful healing.