What is a rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a procedure performed on the nose to alter or enhance the harmony and proportions between the nose and the face of the patient. A rhinoplasty is not only performed for cosmetic reasons, but for medical conditions as well as it can correct many imperfections in the skeletal structure of the nose. It can correct impaired breathing and correct certain angles of the nose as well as smooth and correct any bumps, indentations or other imperfections of the nose. People with deviated septums or asymmetrical noses might opt to get this procedure done due to its increase in popularity over the last couple of decades.

There are two different types of rhinoplasties; Open vs. Closed. This simply refers to the two possible ways that a surgeon could possibly approach to access and remove the nasal skin to facilitate exposure of the skeletal framework of the nose.

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Ideal Candidates for a rhinoplasty

These patients must be realistic and comprehend that perfection is not possible. This means that the patient is socially and emotionally well adjusted as patients who begin to expect perfection are bound to grow an obsession with the appearance of their nose and end in psychological disorders and botched plastic surgery. Ideal candidates should also be generally healthy and should quit smoking approximately one month before surgery if applicable.

Rhinoplasty before and after

After surgery, a splint is placed upon the nose to maintain and support the new shape of the cartilage as it heals. The bandaging and taping will be removed after a week or two of recovery. Patients should be prepared to feel a sense of puffiness on and around the nose and eyes as this will occur naturally due to the swelling and bruising of the face. You might have to maintain your head firm and still for the first couple days after surgery to ensure that nothing occurs to the extremely fragile and moldable cartilage.

An ideal candidate for a rhinoplasty would be someone who is unhappy with the symmetry of their face or the size and shape of their noses, as well as those who have completed facial development which usually occurs by the age of 15 or 16.

Frequently Asked Questions

How painful is the procedure?

The procedure itself is painless since it is done under general anesthesia. Most patients report that the pain level is quite low; it is the congestion and pressure that is more of an issue. Pain is managed through the use of prescribed medication, which is usually not needed after a week. Congestion is managed through the use of cold packs, saline nasal rinses and decongestant spray.

The recovery gets markedly better after the first three days, as swelling is markedly down and as long as post-operative instructions are followed, patients can manage very well. The culprit is swelling, but by following all instructions as closely as possible, swelling is minimized, which not only makes recovery more comfortable but greatly assists healing.

How long will I need to take off work?

Not long. Depending on the type of anesthesia, you will need approximately 2 to 4 days off. If your nasal tips are modified, you may have bruising for 10 to 14 days and will wear a protective splint for about a week. Heavy exercising should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.