Rhinoplasty – Nose Surgery
Rhinoplasty or nose surgery sometimes referred to as “nose reshaping”
or a “nose job”, is the process of reshaping and resizing
the nose making it more appealing and proportionate with the face.
If you are unhappy with the size, shape, tip, the span of your nostrils,
or if you are currently have breathing problems due to a deviated septum,
this surgery may be for you. This surgery is also done to correct birth
defects and injuries to the nose. Most surgeons prefer not to operate
on teenagers before the age of 16 for girls and a little later for boys
because they are still developing during this time. It is also important
to consider their social and emotional condition and to be sure that it
is something they really want and not just something their parents want.
Prior to Surgery
The most important step in this process is your consultation with your
surgeon. Before surgery is scheduled you should have an open, honest conversation
with your doctor about your expectations and goals. This is the time to
ask all your questions regarding your surgery so that you are clear and
know what to expect. Together you and your doctor can make the decisions
for you based on your individual needs.
Rhinoplasty usually takes one to two hours. This surgery is done on an
outpatient basis with general anesthesia. An incision is usually made
inside the nostril. Cartilage is then sculpted away to reduce the size
and shape of the nose. The septum maybe trimmed to correct droopiness
or correct breathing problems.
Nose surgery can greatly improve the structural balance of the face and
correct breathing problems caused by abnormalities. It will also improve
the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhancing facial harmony and
You will experience some swelling, bruising and tenderness. It is common
to have some bleeding the first few days after surgery and you may have
headaches. Ice packs and pain medication can manage these symptoms. A
splint will be applied to secure the position of your nose and nasal packs
will be inserted into the nostrils to stabilize the septum. The nasal
packs will be removed after the first few days, but the splints will most
likely stay in place for a few weeks. You will also be instructed to keep
your head elevated for the first few days after surgery, refrain from
blowing your nose and do not wear glasses for the next several weeks.
Your doctor will go over all the details with you before and after your
surgery. You should be back to normal in two to three weeks.
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