Rhinoplasty is a procedure that improves the shape and look of the nose. It is also known as a “nose job.” Your nose is made of skin, bone, and cartilage. A nose job can change the shape of your nose, including the skin, bone, and cartilage. Depending on your needs, it could include a combination of the three. Patients choose rhinoplasty for multiple reasons. It can be due to an injury, entirely cosmetic, needed for health reasons, or a combination of all three.
Who is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Patients who are interested in rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons should have realistic expectations regarding the outcome. Because the surgery permanently changes the look of your nose, patients should be confident that they are ready. For patients who are turning to rhinoplasty for medical reasons, the surgery may be able to correct specific issues. If you have difficulty breathing, an injury to your nose area, or a congenital disability, the operation may be right for you. Potential patients also need to be in good health.
For those who seek any of the following, a nose job may be right for you.
- Narrow or widen the width of your nose;
- Increase or reduce the size of your nose;
- Increase or decrease the length of your nose;
- Correct the bridge of your nose;
- Correct a deviated nose;
- Change the shape or size of your nostrils;
- Correct defects at the point from the tip of the nose to the upper lip area;
- Change your nose profile;
- Change the sloping angle of your nose.
Scheduling a consultation is the first step as you move forward with the process. You will need to let Dr. Brown know your expectations about the process and outcome. A doctor cannot guarantee any results, but they can manage your expectations once they do an initial evaluation. This is why finding the right doctor that you trust is essential. Finding someone who has proven results and excellent patient reviews is necessary. Together with Dr. Brown, you can both decide on the most beneficial procedure based on your expectations and individual needs.
What Happens During the Rhinoplasty Procedure?
Anesthesia: You’ll likely be given a mild sedative to calm your nerves on the day of surgery. Depending on the extent of your surgery, you will be provided either IV sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Brown will go over what’s best for you at the consultation.
The Incision: A nose job is performed either using a closed procedure or an open procedure. A closed procedure includes cuts hidden inside the nose. The benefits of a closed procedure include no visible scarring. However, this cannot be an option for everyone. It is mostly for patients with minor changes needed. The open procedure includes cuts made across the narrow strip of skin that separates your nostrils. Through these incisions, the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilage is gently raised. This allows the doctor to access and reshape the structure of your nose. The benefit of an open procedure is that it allows for more extensive work to be done. There will be visible scarring initially. However, proper care can help reduce the appearance.
Reshaping: For those with large noses, the nose is reduced by removing bone and cartilage. For those who need some reshaping, the surgery may include the addition of cartilage grafts. The cartilage in the area between your nostrils is used for this purpose.
Some patients may have a deviated septum, which can also be addressed during rhinoplasty . A deviated septum can make it difficult to breathe. The nasal septum is the thin wall of bone and cartilage that separates your nostrils. This can be caused by an injury, and some people are born with it. They can often cause frequent sinus infections in addition to making it difficult to breathe. Those whose nostrils are blocked or have difficulty breathing may want to consider septoplasty in addition to a nose job.
Closing the Incision
Once the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, your nasal skin and tissue are re-draped, and the cuts are closed with stitches. You’ll also have small plastic splints inserted inside your nose to prevent scar tissue from forming. This will also help support your nose as it begins to heal.
Initial swelling and bruising will go away within a few weeks. You may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome within the first month.
The benefit of a nose job is that most surgeries are performed in outpatient clinics. This means you’ll be able to go home the same day. Once you are home, you’ll need to relax and rest to promote optimal healing. Recovery is entirely dependent on the individual and the type of surgery that was done. Following the doctor’s post-surgery requirements is important and necessary for recovery.
Tips for Recovery
Below are some tips to increase the recovery process and get back to normal as soon as possible.
- Elevate your head at all times;
- Breath through your mouth;
- Avoid blowing your nose;
- Avoid hot baths for at least two weeks;
- Avoid the sun for the first few weeks (use SPF if you go outside);
- Check your temperature regularly;
Contact Dr. Brown’s office if there are any concerns.
Results of Nose Job
During the first week, your packing will be removed. Once removed, you’ll need to use caution as your nose is still actively healing. During the second week, you will likely be able to return to your normal activities. For the first six weeks, you’ll want to avoid exercising or heavy lifting. Once you’re fully recovered, the results should last a lifetime. However, it is vital to protect your nose and prevent injuries, as this can impact your results.
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