Rhinoplasty is also known as a nose job or nose reshaping, a plastic surgery procedure to restructure the nose deformity. This surgical procedure involves nose correction, nose reshaping, eventually changing the cosmetic appearance of the face, making it more aligned and proportional to the other facial features.
Rhinoplasty (Nose Correction)
Rhinoplasty surgery is considered to be one of the most popular surgeries practiced in India, to reduce or augment the nose, correct the shape of the nose, restoring the nose function, altering the nose nostrils, shaping and moving of nose cartilage, narrowing the width of the nose. The surgery also involves nose straightening, modifying a crooked nose, and making a nasal airway to breathe easily.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Procedure
There are two types of plastic surgery associated with rhinoplasty, Reconstructive Surgery: to restore any deformity and nose functions, and Cosmetic Surgery: to improvise the overall appearance of the looks.
In Reconstructive surgery, it sets to resolve any nasal injuries caused due to trauma, including accident, blunt, or a blast injury. It reconstructs the nose for those having since birth, and nasal defects intending to breathing problem. Cosmetic surgery will enhance the new rejuvenate looks such as; narrow nostril width, reshaping the nose, making a perfect proportion of the nose with mouth and other facial elements, etc.
Generally, the surgery takes place around 4 hours, and it is an outpatient so that the patient can go on the same day with self-care assistance.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Process
In most cases, Rhinoplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia or using general anesthesia, depending on the technique involved and also the extent of the procedure. Your surgeon will provide you with the best option after detailed diagnosing your condition.
Open Rhinoplasty is a procedure where incisions are made inside the fleshy nostrils, exterior end of the nasal septum, and across the columella (the nasal septum separates the nasal cavity, dividing the two nostrils) or Close rhinoplasty, also referred to as endonasal rhinoplasty wherein incisions are made inside the nose.
During surgery procedure, the plastic surgeon separates the skin of the nasal nose from its supporting nasal framework of bone and nose. It is then reshaped as needed, sutures the incision. If required, cartilage grafting or bone grafting, or both from other parts of the body is done, to reduce or augment the structure of the nose. Cartilage is taken from the ear and a part of it from rib cartilage.
A splint and/or packing may be placed inside the nose, and the splint or bandages are placed outside to support and protect the new structure until the healing is completed.
Immediately after the surgery, you will experience mild to moderate pain. Swelling and bruising are evitable, but swelling may disappear within a few days, and the bruising will go away within a week or a couple of weeks. You will experience numbness.
Best candidates for Rhinoplasty Surgery
Individuals who are looking to improve their appearance of the nose, not perfection, symmetric to the other facial features are the good candidates. Most of the patients looking for the rhinoplasty surgery wants to correct the nose.
Those individuals who have injury can also undergo rhinoplasty surgery. Candidates with nasal birth defects and post-traumatic nose defects can also undergo the procedure.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Video Consultation
Be free with your surgeon, and answer all the questions asked by the surgeon. You may require to undergo certain tests and evaluations, which is performed by your doctor. A detailed pre- and post-surgery instructions are given to be followed strictly.
Preparing for Rhinoplasty Surgery Procedure
If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery, it is important to prepare and determine your expectations with your surgeon. Initial VIDEO CONSULTATIONs are always a better option for you to discuss your desires. Always prefer a reputed and qualified surgeon who will explain all the aspects of the procedure, expected results, and realistic approach.
Be sure to tell previous medical history (if any), current medications, as well as previously failed surgeries. A doctor suggests you avoid certain drugs and may also prescribed medicines. Strictly avoid smoking and alcohol.
Arrange for self-care help to pick you after the surgery.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Recovery Time
Once the surgery is completed, the splint should be worn for about the next seven days. However, the swelling will subsides in a few weeks. Regularly follow-up with the doctor is very important to monitor the recovery process. Your doctor will provide post-surgery instructions, which are required to follow promptly. You can see the outcome of the expected results in 12 months, where you can experience gradual changes in the appearance of the nose.
Most of our rhinoplasty patients can able to resume their work in two days or so, and a week to return for normal routine. However, doing exercises and vigorous physical activity should be avoided until 4 weeks, or upon instructions from the doctor.
Potential Post-Surgery Complications
Potential complications associated with rhinoplasty surgery include pain, which can be reduced with painkillers. Swelling can be minimized with splints and keeps your nose in the required position. Other risk factors include bleeding, numbness, and scarring. The wound can be infectious but can be treated with antibiotics. The recovery time is longer, and it may heal slowly for smokers.
Getting treatment from qualified and expert rhinoplasty surgeons can reduce the complications. However, following before and after surgery guidelines can reduce risk and complications.