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Intro To Rhinoplasty

Intro To Rhinoplasty

Having a big, long, or prominent nose is a challenging problem not just for you, but also for many people of different age groups. Yet, as you’re going to see next, the solution is so simple! Let’s introduce you to rhinoplasty! Rhinoplasty, also called nose job or nose reshaping, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose by altering the bone and cartilage. This alone can enhance facial harmony and put an end to the struggle of many people who have big noses. In 2019, over 157,000 women and over 50,000 men underwent rhinoplasty in the United States. This makes rhinoplasty the most common cosmetic surgery for males. Nevertheless, rhinoplasty divides into different types, including nose reduction and nose augmentation. Depending on your needs, your surgeon will pick the type that fits your needs perfectly.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty (nose job) doesn’t only have benefits for your appearance, but also for your overall health and well-being. In short, you will get the following benefits if you choose this surgery:

Benefits of Rhinoplasty
  • 1Change the size and angle of your nose, especially the upper tip of the nostrils
  • 2Straighten the bridge or septum of your nose and reshape your nostrils
  • 3Restore the facial balance and treat visible humps or depressions on your nose
  • 4Fix nasal asymmetry and treat the effects of previous injuries or accidents
  • 5Correct birth defects and damage caused by diseases or tumors
  • 6Enhance your breathing and open up the nasal passages
  • 7Correct upturned, bulbous, hooked, or inflated nose
  • 8Feel like celebrities, such as Ariana Grande and Jennifer Aniston, who underwent this surgery before!

Candidates for Rhinoplasty

First, you need to look for a surgeon that specializes in nose surgery and has a good track record of patient satisfaction. Together with your surgeon, you’ll discuss your expectations and motives. Also, your surgeon may do the following:

 Candidates for Rhinoplasty
  • 1Review your medical history, medications, and illnesses. If you have a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia, your surgeon will advise against the surgery.
  • 2Perform a physical examination and assess your nose, especially the outer layer of skin.
  • 3Recommend blood testing and other lab tests to check on your overall health.
  • 4Take images of your nose from different angles to evaluate the surgery’s long-term outcomes.
  • 5Tell you to stop taking certain medications to prevent bleeding, such as Ibuprofen or aspirin.
  • 6Advise you to quit smoking as smokers have a difficult recovery after rhinoplasty.

Steps of Rhinoplasty

You can undergo rhinoplasty at a hospital, a doctor’s office, or an outpatient clinic. It normally takes between one and two hours to complete. Surgeons can perform rhinoplasty in a variety of ways. In any case, the steps of the surgery generally involve the following:

1. Anesthesia

1. Anesthesia

Your surgeon will provide you with general anesthesia to put you to sleep throughout the surgery.

2. Incisions Making

2. Incisions Making

Then, your surgeon will make a tiny incision inside your nostrils or through the base of your nose.

3. Reshaping Bone & Cartilage

3. Reshaping Bone & Cartilage

The surgeon will remove some bone and cartilage to reshape your nose. If more cartilage is required, they can take cartilage from inside your nose, your ear, or other areas of your body.

4. Incision Closure

4. Incision Closure

Finally, your surgeon closes the wound with stitches after covering the cartilage with skin and tissue. In addition, they will place a splint over your nose to keep it steady. You can remove the splint after a week.

Recovery After Rhinoplasty

You need to expect and do certain things during your recovery after rhinoplasty. This includes:

Recovery After Rhinoplasty
  • 1Expect some swelling and bruising around your eyes that may last up to 3 days or 2 weeks.
  • 2Keep your head elevated for at least 24 hours after surgery, especially while resting.
  • 3You can use ice packs to reduce swelling. Your doctor may also prescribe medications to help you manage your discomfort and avoid infection.
  • 4Expect to see mucous or blood discharge from your nose. However, avoid blowing your nose in the first week.
  • 5Avoid vigorous activities for 3 to 6 weeks, but you can resume your social activities after 2 to 3 weeks.
  • 6Remember, you will be able to see its final shape after your nose has healed entirely.

Risks of Rhinoplasty

Any sort of surgery comes with its own set of risks and complications. Though uncommon, rhinoplasty poses some risks, including:

Risks of Rhinoplasty
  • 1Bleeding or infection
  • 2Asymmetrical nose
  • 3Breathing problems
  • 4Anesthesia-related complications
  • 5Numbness or swelling
  • 6Nosebleeds (epistaxis)
  • 7Lasting nerve injury
  • 8Scarring

You should wait until your nasal bone is fully developed if your goal is to improve your look rather than your health. For girls, this happens at about the age of 15. For boys, this may need a bit longer. Nonetheless, doctors can suggest the surgery for people at a younger age if they’re having critical breathing problems. Also, the surgery is a great option for people who want to: Correct birth defect or damage to the septum (deviated septum) Enhance their overall appearance Restore respiratory function Repair nose fractures

The sense of smell is not affected at all by rhinoplasty. However, this is still one of the concerns that spook many people and prevent them from undergoing the surgery.

– Clinical examination to determine the shape and thickness of the nasal cartilages. – Performing some laboratory tests, such as C-reactive protein (CRP). – Blood clotting tests (D-dimer & INR) to avoid blood clots later. – Examination of the nasal septum and breathing functions. – Nose imaging and digital shape manipulation using special programs that can simulate the final shape.

The duration of rhinoplasty surgeries isn’t fixed and depends on the size of the nose and the techniques to be applied. For instance, surgeons may need about 2.5-3 hours when an open technique is applied, while they take about 3-3.5 hours if the closed technique is used

The recovery period after rhinoplasty takes between one week and ten days. The recovery period varies from one case to another.

Nose surgery is generally safe, and the patient can go home a few hours after the surgery. Often no complications occur during or after the surgery, except in a few cases.



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