Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct a wide variety of aesthetic and functional flaws. Aesthetic problems of the nose can range from a humped nasal bridge, overly large/ small nostrils, to a crooked cartilage.
Nose surgery can address functional issues of the nose, such as chronic congestion or stuffiness. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help you relieve some breathing issues.
Before surgery, this rhinoplasty patient has a large, slightly hanging nose, with a hump and an enlarged tip.
What can nose surgery do for your appearance?
Rhinoplasty procedure can transform your facial features by reducing or increasing the size of your nose, changing the tip of the bridge, narrowing the span of the nostrils or changing the angle between your nose and your upper lip. After the surgery, you will have a smaller nose, a straighter bridge, a well contoured nasal tip and an enhanced angle between the nose and upper lip.
A nose surgery procedure can enhance your looks and improve your self-confidence, but it will not necessarily change transform your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently.
Before undergoing nose surgery, you must understand the nature of the procedure and have realistic expectations of the results. Even though nose surgery is designed specifically to improve the aesthetics of you nose, it can have a significant impact on the overall appearance of your face.
It improves the appearance of your face from all sides, so you don’t have to be camera shy. Rhinoplasty helps you put your best face forward.
What happens during a nose surgery?
Nose surgery usually takes an hour or two, though some complicated cases may take longer. During rhinoplasty procedure, the plastic surgeon separates the skin of the nose from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape.
The nature of the sculpting varies according to your problem and your plastic surgeon will choose the most appropriate surgical technique to bring the best results.
Finally, the skin is redraped over the new framework. The plastic surgeon may perform nose surgery from within the nose, placing the incisions inside the nostrils.
Alternatively, the doctor may choose an open procedure, making a small incision across the columella - the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils. When the surgery is complete, a splint will be applied to maintain your nose’s new shape. Nasal packs or soft plastic splints may also be placed in the nostrils to stabilize the septum.
Who qualifies for nose surgery?
Ideal candidates for nose surgery are individuals who have realistic expectations and are looking for improvement - not perfection - in their facial appearance. If you are in a good physical health, psychologically stable and have realistic expectations, you may be a good candidate.
Rhinoplasty patients should also be at least 15 years of age with complete facial growth. Some candidates may have trouble breathing through their nose, due to structural abnormalities as a result of heredity factors or a trauma.
Recovering from nose surgery
Nose surgery is as simple as it is popular. Its simplicity explains why it is one of the most desired procedures in plastic surgery industry. Most rhinoplasty patients are able to return to work and their daily routine within a week or so following surgery. Your plastic surgery will provide you more specific guidelines to help you while recovering from nose surgery.
Post nose surgery recovery guidelines may include avoiding engaging in strenuous activities; avoiding rubbing your nose, or getting it sunburned for eight weeks; and taking caution when washing your face, hair or using cosmetics.
The doctor will schedule frequent follow-up visits following nose surgery to assess the progress of your healing.