Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to reshape the entire structure of the nose. This type of surgery is usually performed for both cosmetic and medical reasons. The procedure can help resize the nose to better fit the proportions of one’s face, correct cosmetic issues like humps, solve functional problems, alter the tip of the nose, and resize the nostrils.
Rhinoplasty can also correct breathing issues that you may be dealing with by modifying your nose’s structure. You will make an ideal candidate for the procedure if you aren’t happy with the look of your nose, or you’ve been suffering breathing difficulties.
One must have realistic expectations from the procedure and should have a long-term outlook in terms of appearance while opting for this procedure. It is advisable to approach an accomplished surgeon who has a history of performing the procedure with great success. You can talk about your needs and expectations with you doctor during your initial consultation.
Your surgeon will decide on a specific technique to perform the surgery based on your individual needs and expectations. He may choose to perform the procedure using either the open or closed method.
In an open rhinoplasty, your surgeon will begin the procedure by making an incision across the cartilage that separates the nostrils or the columella. The closed rhinoplasty, a more common technique, involves making incisions inside the nose.
Open rhinoplasties are said to provide more control during the operation, but closed rhinoplasties aid in quicker healing. You can consult your surgeon and decide on the procedure that is best suited for your condition.
During the procedure, patients are administered general or local anesthesia before the surgery. The surgeon begins with making incisions to gain access to the bone and cartilage in the nose. Based on your specific case, your surgeon may add more cartilage grafts, usually procured from another part of the body or a synthetic filler, or remove bone or cartilage to reshape the structure of the nose.
If your case involves a deviated septum, it will be straightened and the projections inside the nose are reduced to aid in better breathing. Once the procedure is completed, the nasal tissue and skin are put into place and the incisions are closed.
A splint is used to support the nose as it heals. Usually, rhinoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure but some patients are advised to spend a night at the surgical center if the needs are extensive.
Recovery After the Procedure
The dressing around the nasal region will be removed in about a week. You can expect to experience some swelling or bruising, but these changes are temporary and will subside quickly. Cold packs and medication may be suggested if you experience prolonged discomfort.
The results provided by the rhinoplasty surgery are incredible. The changes made during the operation are permanent. The aesthetic improvements provided by the procedure will help make you feel more beautiful and correct any functional defects that you may be experiencing on a day to day basis.
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If you’re looking for a great solution to solve all of your nose problems, a rhinoplasty is the option for you. To learn more about the procedure, contact our office to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Haven Barlow.