Thinking about rhinoplasty?

Thinking about rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty, sometimes known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure used to change the way your nose looks and works. The most frequent facial plastic surgery operation is rhinoplasties, which the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports seeing close to 220,000 performed each year. With rhinoplasty, you can improve your breathing and make your face look more balanced at the same time.

Does rhinoplasty suit me?

Breathing via the nose is a typical medical justification for rhinoplasty. Nasal obstruction can interfere with other activities, interfere with sleep, make it difficult to exercise, and contribute to snoring and sleep apnea. If medical interventions (such as nasal spray or sleep apnea treatment) are unsuccessful, surgery might be the next course of action. These kinds of medical rhinoplasty procedures are frequently covered by health insurance.
The type of nasal surgery depends on the underlying issue. A septoplasty by itself may be able to correct a deviated septum, the midline wall of cartilage that separates the right and left sides of the nose. However, a rhinoplasty is necessary to guarantee adequate breathing and nasal form when a septal deviation is more severe or occurs close to specific essential areas of nasal support. With carefully placed cartilage grafts, rhinoplasty (also called septorhinoplasty) fixes the septal malformation and strengthens the nose’s important breathing areas.

How about a cosmetic nose job?

Patients frequently ask, “Could you make other alterations to my nose job while you’re in there?” Yes, it is the answer. Reducing a nasal hump, fine-tuning the tip, or addressing asymmetries are the most frequently requested procedures. It is common to combine these cosmetic procedures with functional rhinoplasty so that there is just one recovery period. These cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance.

How should I prepare for this surgery?

General anesthesia is used during rhinoplasties. A very small incision is made along the base of the nose, but it is undetectable until the skin has healed. This incision is linked to invisible incisions inside the nose. These cuts give access to the bones and cartilage of the nose. Then, the airways in the nose are made better, and if necessary, the bone and cartilage are carefully moved to change the shape of the nasal bridge.
Patients frequently inquire, “Will you have to break my nose?” Normally no. Most rhinoplasty surgery don’t touch the bones. The nasal bones may occasionally be moved into a more advantageous position after surgery if patients have experienced major trauma to the nose in the past. A bony nasal hump may be flattened down to a straight profile or a softer curve for cosmetic purposes. The day after waking up from anesthesia, patients return home.

What can I anticipate regarding recovery?

You might anticipate missing a week of work or school. Rest, ice, and a nasal cleaning regimen are advised during that period. Although painkillers are offered, most people only need them for a short period of time.
Because splints (bendable, thin plastic sheets) are inserted into the nose to maintain the septum’s straightness during recuperation, it is challenging to breathe comfortably through the nose. The third day is when swelling peaks before declining. Sometimes, bruising under the eyes happens. You’ll have a small cast on your nose for a week following surgery to protect it and reduce swelling.


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