Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job, It is a surgical procedure that alters the shape and size of the nose. It is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. There are thousands of people undergoing the procedure each year. However, before deciding to undergo a rhinoplasty, it is essential to understand the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. As well as what to expect during the recovery process.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty involves reshaping the nose to improve its appearance and/or function. The procedure can be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons.
- Cosmetic Rhinoplasty: It is performed to improve the appearance of the nose. This can include reducing
- the nose’s size,
- reshaping the nose’s tip,
- narrowing the nostrils,
- or changing the angle between the nose and the upper lip.
- Functional Rhinoplasty: It is performed to improve the function of the nose. This can include correcting a deviated septum, which can cause breathing problems. Also, correcting a structural abnormality that affects breathing.
Before the Procedure
Before undergoing a rhinoplasty, you should discuss your goals and expectations with your surgeon. Your surgeon will also perform a physical examination of your nose, take photographs, and ask about your medical history. Based on this information, your surgeon will be able to determine whether nose job is a suitable option for you and explain the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.
During the Procedure of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes about 1-3 hours to complete. During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions on the inside of the nose (closed rhinoplasty) or the columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils) (open rhinoplasty).
The surgeon will then reshape the underlying bone and cartilage to achieve the desired results. Once the reshaping is complete, the surgeon will close the incisions and apply bandages to the nose.
Recovery And Aftercare
After the procedure, you will experience swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes. It usually takes about 2 weeks for the swelling to go down and the nose will continue to improve over the next several months.
It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for aftercare, which may include:
- Applying cold compresses to the eyes and nose to reduce swelling.
- Avoiding blowing your nose for a certain period of time
- Avoiding strenuous activity for a certain period of time
- Wearing a splint on the nose for a certain period of time
Risks and Complications of Rhinoplasty
Like any surgical procedure, rhinoplasty carries certain risks and complications, including:
- Anesthesia complications
- Numbness of the skin on the nose
- Unsatisfactory results
It’s important to discuss the potential risks and complications with your surgeon. This should be before the procedure. So, you can make an informed decision.
Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery that can improve the appearance, and function of the nose. You should work closely with a qualified surgeon and follow their aftercare instructions. You can help ensure the best possible outcome.
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