What is a Rhinoplasty?
Called a nose job by most, rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to enhance the shape of the nose and correct breathing problems. Being one of the most prominent features of the face, choosing an experienced plastic surgeon is important in order to achieve natural looking results.
There is no such thing as the perfect nose.
The most popular concerns addressed through Rhinoplasty are:
- A bump at the bridge of the nose
- Deviated septum
- Patient feels nose is not in proportion with their face
- The tip of the nose faces downward
- Damage due to traumatic face injury
A deviated septum can be treated during a nose surgery called a Septoplasty. When the septum, the tissue which separates the nasal passages, becomes deviated it can impede the flow of air which can affect breathing.
This procedure involves one or more incisions around the nostrils, so as to reduce the amount of visible scarring. Once the incisions are made, the surgeon can reshape the nasal skeleton and alter the cartilage.
In some cases, skin grafts are used to reshape the tip of the nose. The cartilage usually comes from the septum.
A closed Rhinoplasty uses incisions on the inside of the nose and is ideal for minimal reshaping. This approach does not leave behind any visible scars and has less downtime following surgery.
During an open rhinoplasty the nose is opened and the nasal bridge exposed, allowing the surgeon to sculpt a new nose from the inside out. This is incision is ideal for patients seeking to change the projection and shape of their noses.
Dermal fillers can be used to recontour the nose offering patients a non-surgical option. This approach can’t shrink large noses, reposition nostrils, or correct a hook-tipped nose, but it can make the nose look straighter and disguise the appearance of a bump at the bridge.
Using a soft tissue filler to alter the shape of the nose is usually more expensive than surgery and not without its complications. The results last about 1 year.
For patients who have undergone a nose surgery and are dissatisfied with the results, revision surgery may be necessary.
It’s normal to be a bit gun-shy about revision surgery rhinoplasty, but in the capable hands of a certified facial plastic surgeon, round 2 surgeries can yield lovely results.
Ethnic rhinoplasty is used to described rhinoplasties on patients who are not Caucasian. It is important your surgeon understand the underlying characteristics of your particular nose and take into account your heritage as well as your goals for surgery.
Recovery from Rhinoplasty
Nose surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means patients go home to rest and recover the day of surgery. Recovery from a nose job is not painful, but it isn’t pretty either.Patients can expect discomfort due to swelling and bruising in the surrounding areas on the face. The splint or stitches are removed between 5-10 days after surgery.
Breathing during recovery will be hard as there is swelling and scabbing blocking the airways. Bruises around the eyes can also be expected. All of these symptoms will subside as you recover and breathing will become easier every day.
- Swelling is inevitable and normal. You can use ice packs on the eyes, taking care to avoid your nose.
- Mind your facial expressions. Opening your mouth wide, laughing, yawning, and sneezing stretch the nose.
- Chewing is going to be hard at first. Eat soft or liquid meals at first as chewing may be out of the question at first.
- Be gentle brushing your teeth. The goals is here is to not stretch the nose during recovery. Opening your mouth wide pulls the nose downward. Brush your teeth gently with your mouth slightly parted and uses a glass of water to rinse.
- Careful with your t-shirts. Pulling clothing over your head may cause accidental and unnecessary pain.
- Use sunscreen. This is good advice, but the skin of the nose is particularly vulnerable to discoloration after surgery, so grab that SPF.
- No smoking. Smoking impedes recovery, so avoid using tobacco products at all costs for the month following surgery.
- Do not submerge your nose in water. Do not go swimming or submerge your face in water for cleansing.
- No strenuous exercise for at least 2 weeks after surgery do not engage in any activity which causes your body to move up and down. Stick to walking and by all means avoid sports which may endanger your results like volleyball.
If you have made it to the end of this article, chances are you have been considering your nose surgery options for a while.
We are fortunate to have some of the best facial reconstruction specialists on staff at Lux Cosmetic Surgery.