Aesthetic nasal surgery, or rhinoplasty, is reshaping the nose to improve its appearance. It may also be done in conjunction with an operation performed to relieve nasal obstruction due to an internal deformity.
Who is a good candidate for a rhimoplasty?
Man and women of all ages (over 18 year) with large nose, nasal hump, enlarged tip and nose that hangs slightly where it meets the upper lip. The extent of procedure depends on what changes are desired and what your surgeon deems appropriate.
What will happen during surgery?
The surgery may take two to three hours. Rhinoplasty usually is performed under general anesthesia. In most nasal surgery an incision is made inside the nostrils, through which the work will be done. In some cases incision is made on collumela. The incision provides the surgeon with access to cartilage and bone which can be cut, trimmed and manipulated to reshape the nose and alter external appearance. A hump is removed by using a sawing instrument. Removing cartilage reduces the size of nasal tip and provides better contour. To improve the angle between the bottom portion of the nose and the upper lip, the nasal tip is elevated. If the base of the nose is disproportionately wide to narrow it, small skin wedges are removed and the nostrils are brought closer to center. Frequently nasal packs are inserted to protect the nasal septum, particularly if septal surgery has been performed.
After surgery, there is some pain and discomfort which is easily controlled by medication. You will remain in the hospital for a day or two. The splint is often removed within a week of surgery, although it may advise you to wear the splint at night. Nasal packing may stay in a few days before it is removed. Bruising around the eyes will begin to fade within a few days. Subtle swelling may be present for months. Normal healing is gradual process, with final results not fully realized for period of time.
The decision on when to return to work and normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. Sports should be avoided for four weeks.
Are there risks involved?
While all surgery carries some risk and plastic surgery is no exception. Serious complications are infrequent when the rhinoplasty is performed by qualified plastic surgeon. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely adhering to your surgeon’s advice on follow-up care.