A rhinoplasty is a procedure to reshape the nose and/or to improve breathing. The most common reasons patients undergo a rhinoplasty include;
-To change or improve appearance
-To open blocked nasal passages that are caused by a deviated septum
-To correct an injury or birth deformity
A rhinoplasty can be done at any age, but the procedure is recommended for those who have finished puberty and nose growth. Any person who wants to improve the appearance of their nose is a good candidate. Patients with a history of nasal trauma and increased difficulty breathing are candidates for evaluation. A rhinoplasty can be done in a variety of ways with different types of incisions. Your plastic surgeon will perform a careful evaluation of your entire face including your chin and mid-face, and suggest which procedure is best for you. The surgeon will show you where the incisions will be made.
A rhinoplasty has three main components;
-Lifting the skin of the nose from the bone and cartilage.
-Remodeling bone and cartilage.
-Redraping the skin over the new base.
A rhinoplasty is usually done in a hospital as outpatient surgery, or you may be required to stay overnight. Your doctor will recommend the best type of anesthesia for you but local anesthesia along with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia can be used.
You will have to breathe and sneeze through your mouth, and you will be instructed to avoid totally blowing your nose during the first week, and not blowing it forcefully for one month. You may notice signs of bruising (black and blue discoloration) below your eyes. Both the swelling and bruising will begin to disappear in a week, and the external nasal splint and all external sutures will be removed within a week’s time.
Most patients will be able to return to work in approximately 10-14 days.
Showering is permitted within the first several days. Vigorous physical activity is limited for several weeks following surgery. Protect your nose from any injury for six weeks, do not wear glasses, and be careful when washing your face.