This surgery, more commonly known as a nose job is aimed mainly at reshaping the nose. It doesn’t necessarily have to be done for aesthetic reasons, some people need this procedure to fix structural problems in their nose that don’t allow them to breath normally.There are several techniques a surgeon can use to approach this procedure, depending on the specific need of the patient and the actual state of the nose. A Reduction Rhinoplasty, as its name suggests, looks to make the nose look smaller. This is the most common form of Rhinoplasty and involves the removal of bone or cartilage.
An Augmentation Rhinoplasty is needed when there is loss or deficiency of structure, it involves adding cartilage, bone or special implants to the nose. A Closed Rhinoplasty is used to change the contour of the nose by using small incisions inside the nose and from there reshaping, removing or repositioning the bone and cartilage.
An Open Rhinoplasty has the same objective as the Closed procedure, but makes incisions along the nostrils and the vertical line of the nose to make changes to the contour of the nose.
Patients must be in good physical and mental health to be able to apply as candidates for this procedure. Anyone with obstructions in their nasal pathways that prevents normal breathing, a deformed or crooked nose, or an aesthetically abnormal nose can ask their surgeons about a Rhinoplasty to solve the problem.
POTENTIAL RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
Before any medical procedure, you must take into account the risks and complications that may arise, and a Rhinoplasty is no different. Bleeding, infections, scarring, pain, skin problems, slow healing, asymmetry, numbness and alterations to the nasal airway are all associated risks that come with this kind of surgery, not counting the general risks of anesthesia.
What to expect post surgery
There will be bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes, for at least a couple of weeks. Some surgeries require an internal splint and nasal packaging. These will be in there for 1 to 7 days and an external splint will remain for around two week. If you have stitches on the inside, they will dissolve on their own, external stitches will be removed by your doctor in about three days.
Two weeks is the estimated time it takes for a patient to heal enough to return to work or school and resume their normal activities with caution. Only light exercise is recommended. Having said that, it is important to take into account that the nose won’t take its final shape until 12 to 18 months after the surgery.