Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
The nose is the most defining characteristic of the face and nothing has a greater impact on how a person looks than the size and shape of their nose.
As a result every year millions of people seek to change the appearance of their nose. Some people are unhappy with the nose they were born with, and some with the way their nose has changed due to aging. The goal is to improve the nose, making it harmonize better with other facial features.
Rhinoplasty is the reshaping of the nose. It can be performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes an hour or two, although a complicated procedure may take longer. Most incisions are made inside the nose, where they are invisible. The skin and tissues of the nose along with the underlying bone and cartilage are sculpted by the surgeon to your desired new shape.
If your nose is too large, for example, your surgeon may sculpt away cartilage to reduce its size. Noses that point up or droop down can be redirected by trimming the septum which divides the two nasal passages. Skin can be removed from both sides of the nostrils at the center, to narrow the base of the nose. Sometimes the contour can be improved by adding tissue.
In most cases, the incision for rhinoplasty is placed inside the nose with no visible scarring. Rhinoplasty is an ambulatory (general or local anesthesia) operation taking 2 to 3 hours. For 5 to 8 days a small splint will be placed on your nose to protect it. You may experience bruising and minor swelling in the eye area. Dressing and splints are usually removed six or seven days after surgery.
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Nose Surgery FAQ
Rhinoplasty/rhinoseptoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to reshape the nose. Commonly referred to as a nose job, rhinoplasty can correct several cosmetic issues this surgery can have a subtle or dramatic effect on your face.
a septoplasty is a surgery to help clear airway issues and is often combined with rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure dealing with cosemetic issues only where as a rhinoseptoplasty deals with cosmetic issues as well as airway issues
A nosejob is the common name for rhinoplasty the cosmetic surgery.
Rhinoplasty can be performed on anyone, in good health. It is recommended that people do not have a rhinoplasty / nosejob procedure until they have fully grown because they nose shape can continue to grow. A qualified rhinoplasty surgeon will thoroughly evaluate the rhinoplasty candidate to make sure they are a suitable candidate.
Any person may want a subtle or dramatic change to the shape of his/her nose. This may very well be a needed change or it may be an unrealistic demand. Your surgeon will help you achieve a realistic expectation of the final outcome based on the existing shape and the desired look.
Rhinoplasty procedures are considered safe and hundreds of thousands rhinoplasty surgeries are performed every year without complication, but every surgical procedure is associated with a risk for complication that the patient must be aware of. An adverse reaction to anesthesia is always a risk factor with rhinoplasty, in addition to hematoma and tiny, red spots after the procedure that are usually minor but permanent. Your surgeon should always review all the risk factors prior to the procedure.
Rhinoplasty is a permanent cosmetic procedure other than the changes that come with your natural aging how long is the surgical time for rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty typically takes between two and three hours to perform.
Rhinoplasty is normally performed with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia.
Incisions are most often made inside the nose during a rhinoplasty procedure, so you should have no visable scars. Which allows for no scarring. In certain instances, including when a patient wishes to narrow their nostrils, the surgeon will make incisions at the base of the nose. A surgeon that is skilled at performing rhinoplasty procedures will be able to make incisions that are more easily concealed and will fade over time to become barely noticeable.
Rhinoplasty is normally performed as an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay.
The cast is removed approximately 7 days post-operatively. You will feel a slight stiffness in the upper lip as the swelling "moves downward". This will subside in a matter of hours. You must be very careful not to bump it as it is vulnerable to breakage. If you had a rhinoplasty where the nostrils were narrowed you will have your sutures removed. This may sting a bit, especially since it is in a sensitive area. Although most people still feel numb in the tip area and report only minor discomfort.
Following a rhinoplasty procedure you should expect swelling and bruising that could take about three weeks to subside. The swelling and bruising will be the worst right after your surgery for a couple days. Approximately 80% of the swelling and 100% of the discoloration are usually gone by 2-3 weeks after surgery. 90% of the swelling is gone by three months after surgery and the rest slowly disappears over the next year all normal activities will be able to be resumed within one month.
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