RHINOPLASTY / NOSE JOB
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It is a cosmetic procedure to reshape and restructure your nose to give a more aesthetic look and a better functional nose.
It corrects both form and function. Most of the time it is combined with septal correction and is known as Septorhinoplasty.
As the nose is the first facial structure to be noticed by anyone on your face, due to its central position and projection.
The nose is the most defining characteristic of the face.
Persons with subnormal or deformed nose always feels embarrassed or low in confidence. The proper size and shape of the nose give a pleasant & aesthetic look to the face.
Everything You Need to Know
Anyone who is having the following problems can consider this procedure.
Feeling unhappy with the nose.
Nasal tip deformity.
Nose disproportionate to the face.
Consultation for rhinoplasty is a very important aspect both from the patient’s and surgeon’s point of view.
We advise having a minimum of 2 consultations before opting for the surgical procedure, for better understanding & ease of decision making. At the first consultation, complete medical history and patient’s concern about nasal appearance and function are documented & discussed.
Associated breathing problems or allergies will be ruled out. Both external and internal nasal examinations will be done to address the issues.
The patient’s concern about the nose and expectations from the procedure are noted.
Photographs are taken in different views.
Complications of rhinoplasty will be informed, some of which are –
Swelling and bruising of nose and face.
Bleeding through the nose.
At the 2nd consultation, the patient will be sitting with his photographs in hand. Both surgeon and patient will discuss what parts of the nose need to be corrected. The need for secondary procedures or minor touch up is explained. After concluding to a common solution and realistic expectation, the procedure is planned.
A rhinoplasty procedure can be Closed or Open depending on the problems to be addressed.
It is done under general anaesthesia most of the time. Minor corrections can be done under local anaesthesia. An only a single small incision will be there on the central connecting part of two nostrils (columella) and the rest incisions will be inside the nose. According to the areas to be corrected, removal of septal cartilage, reduction of the nasal hump, bone osteotomy, harvesting of the ear or costal cartilage & adding them to augment shape, nasal tip correction will be done. Internal incisions will be closed with dissolving sutures and the outer columella incision is closed with fine sutures. Depending on the procedure done, nasal packing may be done for 24-48 hours, and splintage may be applied for 7-10 days. The Rhinoplasty procedure may take anywhere between 2-4 hours.
Postoperative care –
The face and eyes will be puffy and there will be some degree of bruising which will subside over a period of one week. It is normal to see some minor bleeding through the nose for 1 or 2 days after surgery. Cold compresses will help to reduce swelling & bruising. The blowing of the nose and prone sleeping which can cause nasal trauma should be avoided for a few weeks. External sutures will be removed in 5-7 days and nasal splint will be removed in 7-10 days. Direct sun exposure & heavy exercises should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. Results of rhinoplasty can be seen from 6 weeks onwards but as it heals & improves gradually, final outcome will be seen only after 6 months to 1year.
What should you know?
Yes, it is possible to change the shape and size of your nose for a better look. A nose job is a commonly performed and safe procedure. It boosts your confidence and gives your face an aesthetic look. It is a daycare procedure in most cases but may require an overnight stay in some patients. The patient should have realistic expectations and discuss all the details with the surgeon before the procedure. Don’t opt for the procedure if you are unhappy during or after the consultation. It gives slow but steady and long term results. Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your nose related problems.