Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or “nose job” is surgery done on the nose to either enhance its shape or improve its function, or to enhance overall facial appearance. For medical purposes, rhinoplasty is done to correct breathing problems that are related to the nose or to correct disfigurement resulting from birth defects or trauma.
In general, nose surgery can change;
• Enlarged, bulbous, hooked, upturned, and drooping nasal tip
• Nose size in relation to facial balance
• Large, wide, or upturned nostrils
• Nose width at the bridge
• The nasal asymmetry
• Nose profile with visible depressions on the bridge or humps
Deciding on Rhinoplasty
If you’re considering rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, it’s important to discuss your concerns and expectations with the doctor beforehand. The surgeon’s recommendations, suggestions, and even forewarnings can help you make an informed decision on the surgery. In most cases, the surgeon will provide you with the “before” and “after” images of his previous works. At least, they can help you gauge your expected results. The surgeon will also provide some 3D images of your expected results. You will feel more comfortable knowing the outcome while undergoing the surgery.
Rhinoplasty Procedure- Step-by-Step
Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure- you don’t have to stay overnight to get the procedure done. Here are a few simple steps involved in rhinoplasty.
Step 1- Anesthesia
Before the procedure, you’ll either get general or local anesthesia. With the general anesthesia, you’ll sleep through the whole operation. As for the local anesthesia, you’ll first be sedated and your nose numbed so you’ll feel relaxed and unable to feel any pain.
Step 2- The Incision
During the surgery, the surgeon may make incisions within the nostrils. However in more difficult cases, he may cut across the base of the nose. Through these incisions, the skin covering the nasal bones and cartilages is gently raised, which allows access to reconstruct and reshape the structure of the nose. The inner bone and cartilage are reshaped to produce a more aesthetically appealing appearance.
Step 3- Closing the Incision
Right after the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, the nasal skin and tissue are redraped, and the incisions closed.
Recovery After Rhinoplasty
Within the first few days, you will experience swelling and probably bruising around the eyes after the surgery. You’ll have to wear a nasal splint for the first week. A nasal splint fits or supports the nose after the surgery. The desired shape of your nose will become apparent right after it has completely healed.
It’s important to avoid strenuous activities and exercise for about 3 to 6 weeks after the surgery to prevent any damage.
Choosing the Right Rhinoplasty Surgeon
To get the desired results, it’s highly advisable that you choose the right surgeon- a surgeon that you can trust. Check out the important things to consider when selecting a rhinoplasty surgeon.
• The surgeon must be a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons- all ASPS surgeons meet rigorous standards.
• Must have completed at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of 3 years of plastic surgery residency.
• Must have graduated from an accredited medical school
• Must perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or any other certified surgical facility
• Must be licensed and insured (for private practice)
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. When done by the right surgeon, the results are often very much desirable.