Rhinoplasty is the most commonly performed procedure in facial plastic surgery. The name is a blend of the word rhino (nose) and plasty (to shape). Rhinoplasty is also commonly called a “nose job”. The goal of Rhinoplasty should be a nose that looks and feels natural. Rhinoplasty can be performed to meet aesthetic goals or for reconstructive purposes to correct defects or breathing problems.
What can Rhinoplasty achieve?
Many features which are not desirable in a nose may be improved through cosmetic surgery. Noses may be made narrower, straighter, longer or shorter. Humps may be removed and the shape, size and angle and definition of the tip of the nose may be altered. Breathing problems caused by a deviated septum may be corrected. Rhinoplasty may be performed at any time after facial growth has been completed ( ages 15-16 for women and ages 16-17 for men.) The ideal outcome in Rhinoplasty is natural appearing with balance and harmony, enhancing beauty of the eyes and lips.
Because of the special nature of the blood supply to the nose and surrounding area, it is possible for retrograde infections from the nasal area to spread to the brain. To reduce the risks follow the doctor’s advice both before and after the surgery.
Surgery can be performed under general anesthesia with local anesthesia depending on patient or doctor’s preference. Incisions are sometimes made inside the nostrils; tiny incisions are also made on the columella, the bit of skin that separates the nostrils. The surgeon first separates soft tissues of the nose from the underlying structures, then reshapes the cartilage and bone which causes the deformity.
In some cases the surgeon may shape a small piece of the patients own cartilage or bone to strengthen or increase the structure of the nose. This is done for cosmetic reasons or to improve breathing and function of the nose. In rarer cases a synthetic implant may be used to reconstruct the nose if the normal structure of the bone and cartilage is badly damaged or weakened.
A tape dressing will cover the nose for one week and there may be some discoloration and swelling around the eyes which will improve over 5-7 days. One week is usually enough time for returning to work and social activities.
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