Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. This well- known and effective surgery is designed to not only change the appearance of the nose, but to create facial symmetry that can improve the appearance of the entire face. Rhinoplasty can also be used to correct a deviated septum, a structural problem that interferes with breathing.
Benefits of Nose Surgery
There are many benefits of nose surgery; they include helping your breathing as well as improving appearance. During a rhinoplasty, the surgeon may attempt to do one or more of the following:
- Balance the nose size in relation to face.
- Reduce the nose width at the bridge.
- Improve the profile by removing nose bumps or depressions.
- Reduce nostril size and position.
- Reduce nasal tip malformation that can cause the nose to appear bulbous, drooped, upturned or hooked.
- Correcting the physiological problem of a deviated septum can be achieved by adjusting the nasal structure to improve alignment. A deviated septum is one of the most common natural causes of difficult breathing.
Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) is usually performed in our in-office AAAASF accredited surgical center under General anesthesia and takes about two to three hours. An incision is made across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils and inside the nostril. This camouflages all of the scars. The skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilages is raised, allowing access to reshape the nose structure. Surgery varies depending on the alternations being made. A deviated septum is straightened and any projections inside the nose reduced to improve breathing. The cartilage of the nose is reshaped using sutures and sometimes cartilage grafts.
Once the underlying structure of the nose is the desired shape, the surgeon will re-drape the nasal skin and tissue and then close the incisions.
Frequently Asked Questions
To ensure the best outcomes, rhinoplasty candidates should be healthy and realistic about possible results. They should be at least 16 years of age. This is to ensure that their facial growth is complete. With this surgery, it’s particularly important that patients don’t smoke. This surgery can also be used to treat aging of the nose which occurs when the cartilage, especially in the tip, thickens and causes a bulbous deformity.
During initial healing, your surgeon may place a splint inside the nose and a splint or bandages on the outside. Initial swelling should subside within a few weeks. It can take up to a year for the nose to fully refine. During this time, gradual improvement should be noticeable. Your experience will be unique to you, and your surgeon can answer specific questions about what to expect during the recovery period.
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