Rhinoplasty is a surgery that reshapes the nose, and it is among the most sort out plastic surgeries.
The components of a nose are; bone (upper), cartilage (lower) and skin. Rhinoplasty can reconstruct each part or all, depending on the specifics of the patient.
There are two ways to perform Rhinoplasty: From inside the nostrils (closed Rhinoplasty) or lifting the skin after making a small incision between the nostrils. The scars will develop straight, zigzag or V-shaped.
Your medical history, goals, nasal obstruction, past surgeries, health conditions, and the medications you use will be pivotal to the doctor’s plan. So, they will ask you about them before they provide you with the best possible options.
Before the surgery, the doctor will perform a physical exam to determine how your physical features- for example, cartilage strength- can affect your results. Also, most importantly, the doctor will complete a series of laboratory tests, including blood tests.
Doctors use photographs to show you the possible results following your surgery. To do that, a professional in the clinic will photograph your nose from all angles, and the doctor will then manipulate those images using a computer with your guidance to best match your desired results.
Post-surgery and recovery
Surgeons usually perform Rhinoplasty under general anaesthesia. The surgery takes, on average, two hours, and you may leave the same day or stay over at the hospital for one night. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to maintain a clean wound. Your nose will likely feel sore, but painkillers tend to be enough to mitigate it. If the nose is broken as part of the operation, there will be bruising around the eyes for around 10 days and yellow bruising between 10 and 20 days.
The surgeon will stitch the wound from inside your nose, and the stitches will dissolve on their own.
Some patients report some bleeding from the nose during the first day or two following the operation, and, usually, you only have to clean it by dabbing a handkerchief. If you suffer from a lot of bleeding, seek medical attention. You can leave your bed post-surgery and engage in light activities like walking. Refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous activity for at least the first six weeks of your surgery. Your doctor will tell you how to protect your nose for the best results.
The final results begin to be noticeable around 6-8 months after the surgery, when the swelling has significantly settled.
Also called liquid Rhinoplasty, Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty temporarily changes the features of the nose using a filler ingredient.
FAQs About Rhinoplasty
When should Rhinoplasty be considered?
It depends on the goals of the patient. Some may be motivated for cosmetic reasons, while others want to correct breathing problems. Often, it is both.
At what age can you get a Rhinoplasty surgery?
It should not be performed until the nose stops growing. For girls, rhinoplasty can be considered at 16-17 years. For boys, the surgery can be considered at ages 17 or 18.
What types of Rhinoplasty are there?
Changing the ridge, tip, length, width, spetum, and increasing the tip or bridge of the nose, entail their particular techniques.
Do you have before and after images of previous patients I can look at?
What are the risks?
There aren’t any risks specific to Rhinoplasty outside any other surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia.