Rhinoplasty is a surgery that is done to change the shape of the nose. The real reason to opt for rhinoplasty may be varied, it could be to improve the appearance of the nose (cosmetic), improve the function of the nose or both. It is also referred to as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping”. It enhances the appearance of your nose. Apart from the cosmetic reasons, it is done for medical reasons as well like correcting the impaired breathing caused by structural flaws in the nose, to correct disfigurement resulting from trauma or birth defects.


Zeroing in on rhinoplasty:

If you are toying with the idea of getting a nose job, fix an appointment with your cosmetic surgeon. During that meeting, you should open up about your goal, what annoys you about your nose and how you would like to overcome it. But you should keep in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect nose, though surgery can enhance the aesthetic features and underscore your unique and natural beauty.

A plastic surgeon can give you a detailed account of your facial features that make you unique. She can tell you how a surgery can enhance your looks. The surgeon will do a close examination of the structures of your nose and other facial features. After this the surgeon can tell you the specific outcome of the surgery.

The surgeon will also take into account your overall health condition and also the risks, time taken to recover and the total cost of the surgery.

There are numerous ways to reshape a nose. Once surgery is fixed, the surgeon will explain exactly how she plans to go about.

Following are the possible changes that your surgeon can make to your nose through a rhinoplastic procedure:

  • a change in size
  • a change in angle
  • straightening of the bridge
  • reshaping of the tip
  • narrowing of the nostrils

Point to be noted is if rhinoplasty is chosen for cosmetic purposes, it is done only after the nasal bone is fully grown. For girls, this is about age 15, whereas boys might still be growing. However, if it is considered for health issues, age is not generally considered as a factor that determines the procedure.


The Procedure:

Rhinoplasty can be done in a healthcare facility or in an outpatient surgical facility. Your doctor may use local or general anesthesia. The procedure is simple where you will receive a local anesthesia to your nose and it will numb your entire face. You may also get medication via an intravenous (IV) line that makes you a bit dazed, but you will still be awake.

If the anesthesia chosen is general, you might get one through IV that will make you unconscious. When rhinoplasty is done on children, general anesthesia is given.

Once you are fully under anesthetic, you will be either numb or unconscious; your surgeon will make cuts between or inside your nostrils. They will separate your skin from your cartilage or bone and then the surgeon will start reshaping. If the nose needs small amount of additional cartilage, your doctor may remove some from your ear or deep inside your nose. If the cartilage requirement is more than that, the surgeon may go for an implant or a bone graft. A bone graft is an additional bone that is added to bone in the nose.

Commonly, the time take to complete a rhinoplasty is one to two hours. If the surgery is complex, it can take more than that.


After the procedure:

You may be left with a plastic or metal splint after the procedure in order to help your nose retain its new shape while it heals. Nasal packs and splints may also be placed inside your nostril to maintain the stability and alignment of the septum.

You will be closely monitored in a recovery room for a few hours after the surgery. If everything is okay, you will be discharged later in the day or the next day. If it is a complicated procedure, you will be in the hospital for a couple of days.

You may be advised not to do the following for a few weeks after the procedure:

  • running and other strenuous physical activities
  • swimming
  • blowing your nose
  • excessive chewing
  • laughing, smiling, or other facial expressions that require lots of movement
  • pulling clothing over your head
  • resting eyeglasses on your nose
  • vigorous tooth brushing

It is ideal not to have prolonged sun exposure after the surgery as it may lead to discoloration of the skin in the nasal area.


Benefits of rhinoplasty:

  • Improves breathing
  • Fixes a broken nose
  • Helps with sinus problems
  • Correct birth defects and disfigurement due to trauma
  • Reduces snoring
  • Improves appearance
  • Last but not the least – Makes a more confident YOU!

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