Rhinoplasty is a procedure used to change the shape of the nose. This procedure is used to improve breathing, physical appearance, and self-esteem. During rhinoplasty, surgical manipulation and corrections are made to the bony upper nasal structure as well as the lower cartilage.
The surgeon considers your other facial features when planning your rhinoplasty procedure. You may be a candidate if you:
Before having a rhinoplasty, you first meet with the plastic surgeon. The doctor will:
Before nasal surgery, you must:
Rhinoplasty is tailored to the needs of the individual patient. Each operation is customized to suit the patient’s goals. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep. The doctor typically makes a small external incision underneath the nose between the nostrils. After removing, manipulating, and restructuring the bone and cartilage, incisions are closed with sutures. The surgeon can augment the cartilage and/or bone in many ways, and he can use cartilage grafts from the rib or other parts of the body if necessary. The vast majority of patients do not require cartilage grafts from the ear or the ribs unless they have had nasal surgery previously.
After your surgery, you will be monitored by a nurse for around 30 minutes and then discharged home. You must sleep in an elevated position, and avoid putting any strain or stress on your nose. Expect bruising, nasal congestion, mild pain, and swelling. External and internal splints remain in place for 7 days, and you return to the surgeon’s office to have sutures and bandages removed in 3-7 days. After care involves:
In a recent social medial analysis study regarding rhinoplasty satisfaction, researchers found that 84% of patients were satisfied with their results. Outcomes vary and depend significantly on the nasal structure and problems. In another study, open structure septorhinoplasty greatly increased satisfaction outcome scores, and the procedure was associated with low revision rates.
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