What is Nose Surgery?
Nose Surgery, also known as Rhinoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure used to reshape the nose, restore its function, and improve its appearance.
There are different types of Rhinoplasty, and the exact procedure will depend on the desired end result of the treatment. The two main techniques for Nose Surgery are called “open” or “closed”.
Nose Surgery can be used to change nose size and shape in relation to facial balance. This can include modifying the shape of the bridge, nose tip, and nostrils. Facial balance can also be restored by correcting nasal asymmetry.
Is Nose Surgery for me?
Nose surgery can enhance the physical appearance of the nose and face as well as repair structural defects. The procedure can also restore normal breathing by correcting nasal obstruction caused by trauma or previous surgery.
Keep in mind that even when facial balance is restored, results may not be completely symmetric as we all have facial features that are slightly asymmetric.
Nose surgery may be suitable for you if you are in good physical health and your facial growth is complete.
Suitable candidates should not have medical conditions that would significantly increase the risk of surgery.
You should also have realistic expectations for the surgery and have a positive outlook. Don’t be afraid to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
About the procedure
There are different types of Rhinoplasty depending on the goal of the treatment.
In Open Rhinoplasty, some or all of the incisions are made on the outside of the nose. In Closed Rhinoplasty, the surgeon performs all the incisions exclusively within the nose, without touching the outside.
The procedure usually involves separating the soft tissue on top of the nose from the bone below. The nose bone may be repositioned and the cartilage may be reshaped, depending on the operation. For a reduction, cartilage and bone may be removed.
In some procedures, cartilage grafs may be performed, and this may involve taking cartilage from the septum, or middle of the nose.
The surgery generally takes about two hours.
After the operation, you will probably need to wear a protective splint and bandages over your nose for a few weeks to help it heal.
Swelling at this point is normal and will subside as your nose heals.
Instructions will be given on how to care for your nose during the recovery period. Dissolvable stitches inside your nose will not need to be removed.
Medications may be prescribed by your doctor to help reduce the potential for infections.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the recovery period, just ask your doctor.
It may take up to a year for the new shape of your nose to fully form, even after the initial swelling subsides.
Results of Nose Surgery will last a long time, however, slight changes to the profile of your nose are normal and part of the aging process.
Since Nose Surgery is a personal decision, you will need to weigh the risks and benefits of the procedure. After explaining the risks involved in the surgery, your plastic surgeon will ask you sign consent forms.
Be sure that you understand any potential risks and complications.
Examples of the risks involved in a Rhinoplasty include: scarring, infection, pain, numbness, and skin discoloration.
Your nose may have any odd shape after surgery, but this will improve over time.
It is important to address any questions you may have about the procedure with your doctor.
The cost of Nose Surgery will be dependent on the surgeon’s experience.
Reconstructive Rhinoplasty may be covered by your health insurance, otherwise financing may be offered. Ask your insurer if you are unsure about your coverage.