Rhinoplasty or Nose Surgery is one of the most common of all cosmetic procedures. This type of surgery is used to improve appearance and possibly function of the nose. A prominent nose may be a cause for self-consciousness to some people. Rhinoplasty can correct an undesirable shape of the nose, it may also be used to correct breathing problems caused by narrow or partially obstructed nostrils. Nose surgery can open up new possibilities for changing your appearance and self-image. If you are considering this procedure, the following information will provide you with a good introduction on how nose surgery is done.
Rhinoplasty can be performed using general or local anesthesia with sedation depending on what you or your surgeon prefer. An incision is first made inside the rim of the nostrils and the narrow skin between the rims. The soft tissues of the nose are then separated from underlying structures, after which the bone and cartilage causing the deformity are reshaped. The extent of reshaping depends on the particular problem and will be discussed with you at consultation. A nasal splint will be placed to help maintain the new shape and protect the nose from accidental compression. The splint is worn 24 hours a day for 1 week, then at night only for 4 to 6 weeks.
This procedure may take a few hours depending on the changes to be made.
On your first visit, your surgeon will discuss with you the changes to be made on your appearance. The surgeon may also point out other problem areas or other points to be considered such as the need for other surgical procedures to optimize the esthetic effects of rhinoplasty. Before and after photos of other patients may also be shown upon your request and a thorough medical history is to be asked of you. It is important that you inform us of any history of trauma or seasonal allergy you may have.
It is suggested that nose surgery be delayed until after the growth spurts in boys and girls, which is between the ages of 13 to 19. This is due to the fact that there could still be major changes in ones appearance as a person gets older. Another consideration is that you may not like what your nose looks today but like it a few years from now.
Usually this procedure is done in the office surgical suite, and you may be in the comfort of your own home within a few hours of the surgery.
You may have some swelling and stuffiness for some weeks, although those who have undergone this surgical procedure usually resumed normal light activity within a few days. It takes several weeks for the nose to completely heal and allow full physical activity.
As with other surgical procedures, infection may set in. Small bursts of blood vessels may occur resulting in tiny permanent red spots. Incomplete improvement may happen requiring additional surgery.
Results for this surgical procedure are permanent. People who have undergone this procedure seem to have developed a positive personality due to a new sense of self-confidence.
If you are male or female past the growth spurt ages, in good health with no previous Rhinoplasty done on you, and have a desire to reshape or improve the shape of your nose then you are a candidate.