Aesthetic nasal surgery (called rhinoplasty) is an operation on the nose to change its shape or improve its function.
It can be done for medical reasons – for example to correct breathing problems related to the nose or to correct disfigurement as a result of trauma or birth defects.
It can also be done for cosmetic reasons, which will change the shape and appearance of the nose from an aesthetic point of view.
Making a decision to undergo rhinoplasty
If you plan to have a rhinoplasty, make an appointment with your surgeon to discuss it. During this appointment, talk about your goals and tell your doctor what is bothering you about your nose, how you would like to change it, and why.
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect nose. However, surgery can improve facial features and emphasize your unique and natural beauty. The plastic surgeon can describe the facial features that make you unique and say how the changes would improve your appearance.
The surgeon will assess the structures of the nose as well as other facial features. After this assessment, he can tell you if your expectations are realistic.
The surgeon will also consider your overall health and should discuss with you the risks, recovery time, and associated costs.
There are different techniques for reshaping the nose. Once you decide to move on, your surgeon should describe exactly what he suggests you do.
If you have health insurance, make sure you talk to your insurer in advance to know what is covered and what you will have to pay for. Health insurance usually does not pay for procedures that are performed only for cosmetic reasons.
Rhinoplasty – step by step
Nose surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that you will not have to spend the night in a medical facility. You will receive general or local anesthesia. With general anesthesia you will sleep during the operation. Under local anesthesia, you will calm down and your nose will be numb so that you are relaxed and unable to feel the pain.
During the operation, the surgeon makes incisions in the nostrils. In more difficult cases, the surgeon may also make incisions through the base of the nose. The surgeon then reshapes the inner bone and cartilage to create a more pleasing appearance.
Recovery after rhinoplasty procedure
After nasal surgery, people usually wear a nasal splint for the first week. You can expect swelling and bruising around the eyes after surgery, which will begin to improve after the third day. However, this can take up to two weeks.
Expect your nose to be slightly swollen, which only you and your surgeon will probably notice. This will pass in the next six months. The final shape of the nose, the effect you want to achieve will become apparent once it completely heals and the swelling subsides.
You should avoid strenuous activity for three to six weeks after surgery. You can return to your social activities immediately after two to three weeks without any recognizable signs that you have had a rhinoplasty.
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