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What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is quite simply the medical term for what most people know as a ‘nose job’ or plastic surgery for the nose. It is a procedure whereby the nose is corrected and reconstructed either for aesthetic or functional reasons. The surgery can be done using local or general anesthesia. It is often done at a day clinic, although sometimes an overnight stay in hospital is preferred.
During this surgery, the surgeon makes incisions to access the bones and cartilage which support the nose. Surgeons usually make these incisions on the inside of the nose to ensure that they are not visible afterward. Some bone and cartilage may be removed. Tissue (from elsewhere on the body or synthetic ‘filler’) may even be added. After rearranging and reshaping the bone and cartilage, the skin and tissue are replaced over the nose.
Wide nose rhinoplasty is very common but (prospective) patients need to be realistic about the results they wish to achieve. A good surgeon will be honest and let you know if your expectations can be realized. Surgeons will often use digital imaging in their consultation to show patients how the enhancement will look.
A splint is used to support the newly shaped nose through the recovery. Patients can expect swelling, bruising, and discomfort for a few days but these are manageable. Roughly one week later, the splint and bandaging will be removed to reveal your beautiful new look.
What is The Earliest Age Rhinoplasty Can Be Performed At?
Most surgeons will not consider performing rhinoplasty on females under 13 and males under 15. This is because it is at around these ages that the bone and soft tissue structure of the face reaches maturity.
What to Do or Not to Do After Rhinoplasty
- You may shower the day after rhinoplasty, however, make sure that the water does not spray onto the nose. You will not be able to wear your spectacles for a few days (although patients who have only had the septoplasty often find that they can wear theirs the very next day).
- For at least six months after the surgery, the patient must wear sun block of SPF 15 or higher. And protect you face from the sun with a hat as well.
- It is better to refrain from smoking (also before the surgery) as nicotine can slow down healing. It’s advisable to follow a low sodium diet so that you don’t retain fluids at the tip of the nose. Eat soft foods for the first two weeks.
- Sleep as much as you can as sleep also promotes healing. However, be beware of bed partners who may bump you and cause pain and damage. We advise that patients sleep alone if possible for the first week.
What Are the Side Effects of Rhinoplasty?
As with any surgery, there are risks and possible side effects. The most common side effect is a nasal obstruction. This is less common today with modern techniques which have led to greater accuracy.
What is The Difference Between an Open and Closed Rhinoplasty?
Open rhinoplasty is when an incision is made along the columella (soft tissue between the nostrils), while in a closed rhinoplasty all the incisions are inside of the nostril.