Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose. It can be done for medical reasons -- such as to correct breathing problems related to the nose or correct disfigurement resulting from trauma or birth defects. It can make the nose larger or smaller; change the angle of the nose in relation to the upper lip, alteration of the tip of the nose, corrections of the nose bumps, indentations, or other defects in the nose. Rhinoplasty procedures are performed by trained plastic surgeons and Otolaryngologists (ENT specialists). Depending on the type of reshaping procedure the recovery time differs; in majority cases the initial swelling and bruising around the nasal area subsides within 2 weeks.
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure and performed general or local anesthesia. When general anesthesia is administered patient sleeps throughout the procedure; , with local anesthesia patient is partially sedated and the nose and the surrounding parts are numb and patients does not feel any pain. During an operation, the surgeon makes cuts within the nostrils. In some cases, the surgeon may have to make cuts across the base of the nose. Once cut, the surgeon tries to reshape the inner bone and cartilage to change the appearance of the nose. Once the reshaping is done, the incisions are stitched finely so that no scars are left and the reshaped nose bears the natural appearance. For the first week following the surgery, patient needs to wear a nasal splint. For the first week patient will experience swelling and bruising which slowly disappears with each passing day. It can last for around 2 week to subside. Slight swelling will continue until next 6 months but will not be noticeable for others but only for the patient and the surgeon. The final shape will be apparent only after complete healing and the total disappearance of the swelling. Though the procedure is a day procedure, patient must take rest as much as possible before resuming normal activities.
The benefits of getting a nose job can be amazing, as one’s entire appearance can be completely changed bringing confident personality.
It is advisable that the patient discusses all the concerns with regard to the surgery and clarifies all doubts prior to the procedure. All the health concerns must be shared with the doctor. Patient with concomitant diseases must inform the entire medical history, list of medicines consumed (both prescription medicinal as well as over-the-counter medicines) to the doctor. The history of allergy must be informed. History of prior surgeries if any, allergies to anaesthetic agents if known must be informed. The patient must possess the physiological parameters within the acceptable limits to undergo the surgery. Following the procedure, strenuous activities must be avoided for at least 6 weeks. Social activities can begin from the 3rd week following the surgery. Rhinoplasty is a permanent procedure. Once the shape is changed, it can not return to its original shape. Patient must study all the pros and cons and then plan this procedure.
How much pain will I have after surgery?
Rhinoplasty procedures are with minimal pain and are usually well controlled with medications.
What features can be improved with rhinoplasty?
A number of changes to the shape of the nose can be made with rhinoplasty. Nose can be made smaller or larger, narrower or wider, shorter or longer. Bumps on the bridge can be corrected, and droopy noses can be lifted.
Are there visible scars after the surgery?
Typically, most of the incisions are inside the nose and the small incisions that may need to be placed outside heal well without any visible scars.
Can I begin yoga exercises and facial exercises following the procedure?
Yoga exercises, facial exercises etc. can begin only after 6 weeks and only following the doctor’s advice. It is recommended to undertake any strenuous activities and specialty any facial massage, facial exercises until the initial healing period is completed.
Are there procedural failures?
The surgical procedure is quite easy and there are no specific difficulties. However, the outcome could be variable for individuals as the concept of beauty is different for different individuals. The surgeon tries to work on the shape on the nose based on basic shape that exists and reworks on the natural shape of the nose. One should not consider Rhinoplasty procedure as a miracle.
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