What exactly is Rhinoplasty?

One of the most frequent forms of plastic surgery is rhinoplasty (RIE-no-plas-tee), sometimes known as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping”. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the form of the nose by changing the bone or cartilage.

What shapes the nose?

The nose is the most prominent part of the face, and many individuals feel self-conscious about its form, which they may consider to be too large, too little, or to have some other aspect that they despise.
The exterior form of the nose is determined by the shape of bone and cartilage as well as the underlying skin.
The hard top of the nose is comprised of bone structured like a roof.

What are the risks of Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty carries risks such as infection, poor wound healing or scarring and the possibility of revisional surgery. If you want a second rhinoplasty, you must wait until your nose is fully healed before operating again. This may take a year.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty, meet with your surgeon to discuss important factors that determine whether the surgery is likely to work for you. The physical exam helps your doctor determine what changes need to be made and how your physical features, such as thickness of your skin, may affect results. Rhinoplasty requires local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.

How Should You Prepare for Rhinoplasty?

Make sure you are aware of the costs associated with your operation. If you need rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, your insurance will most likely not cover it.
You must consult with your surgeon before scheduling rhinoplasty to discuss critical criteria that will decide if the procedure is likely to perform well for you.
Your surgeon will determine whether you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. You’ll discuss why you want the operation and what you expect to achieve by getting it.
This meeting often includes:
A discussion of your objectives: Discuss your motives and expectations with your doctor. He or she will clarify what rhinoplasty can and cannot accomplish for you, as well as the potential outcomes. It is normal.
The physical exam assists your doctor in determining what adjustments are required and how your physical characteristics, such as skin thickness or the strength of the cartilage at the tip of your nose, may impact your outcomes.
Images: Your doctor’s office will take photographs of your nose from various angles. These images will be used by your doctor for before-and-after comparisons, reference during surgery, and long-term evaluations. Most significantly, the photographs allow for a focused discussion of the surgical objectives. These photos will be used to evaluate the long-term outcomes of surgery and may be referred to throughout the procedure.
Smoking: Smokers have a harder time recovering after rhinoplasty because cigarettes impede the healing process. Nicotine constricts blood arteries, allowing less oxygen and blood to reach mending tissues. Stop smoking if you smoke. Smoking hinders the healing process after surgery and increases your risk of infection. Quitting smoking before and after surgery can aid in recovering.
Food and Medication: You should avoid painkillers containing ibuprofen or aspirin for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Also avoid herbal remedies and over-the-counter supplements. Let your surgeon know what medications and supplements you’re taking, so they can advise you about whether to continue.

What can you anticipate from Rhinoplasty?

After surgery, you will be observed in a recovery room for at least few hours. If everything is in order, you will depart later that day. Because the anesthesia will still affect you, you’ll need someone to drive you home. If the surgery is difficult, you may need to stay in the hospital for a day or two.

To decrease bleeding and edema after surgery, you must rest in bed with your head higher than your chest. Swelling or splints put inside your nose after surgery may create congestion in your nose.

Internal dressings are usually left in place for one to seven days after surgery. A splint is also applied by your doctor.

What results should I expect after rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a relatively safe and easy procedure, but healing from it can take a while. It could be a year before you can fully appreciate the result of your surgery. The thickness of the skin is important in how much better the nose will look after rhinoplasty.

The results of rhinoplasty surgery will be long-lasting. While initial swelling subsides within few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine. During this time, you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose.

As your body ages, it is natural to have some gradual changes to your face. Very slight changes to the structure of your nose can make a large difference. A healthy lifestyle and life-long sun protection will help extend the results of your new appearance. If you need follow-up surgery, you must wait at least a year.

How is rhinoplasty different from septoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgery to change the shape of the nose. Septoplasty aims to improve breathing by straightening the nasal septum. A rhinoplasty can be combined with a septoplasty to help patients breathe through the nose more comfortably.

Is rhinoplasty a simple operation?

No. Rhinoplasty is a challenging operation.

The nose is a 3D shape that is in the middle of the face. Changes made during rhinoplasty are often very small. But these changes can make a major difference in the way the nose looks and functions. Doctors tailor each operation to the needs of the patient.

Will I need to stay in the hospital?

You can expect to go home the day after your rhinoplasty. Sometimes it is possible to go home the day.

If you’re having a hard time with nausea or have other health problems that need to be monitored, or policy of your insurance company.

How long will it take to recover?

Make plans to take a week off from work, school, or other responsibilities. During the first week, you will gradually feel better. People generally feel like themselves again one week following surgery.

There will be some edema after surgery. Although most individuals cease experiencing the swelling after few months, it might take months to disappear. People are typically able to resume most activities within a week and all activities within two to four weeks.

Are there risks?

All surgeries have risks. Fortunately, rhinoplasty risks are small, and complications are rare. Your doctor will talk to you about the surgery’s risks and benefits in detail before the operation.

Is rhinoplasty covered by insurance?

Rhinoplasty is sometimes covered by insurance, although it depends on the policy. Your doctor’s office will assist you in obtaining prior written authorization from your insurance company before scheduling surgery. Although this is not a guarantee of coverage, it is the only way to know if rhinoplasty is a covered benefit. Sometimes insurance will cover a portion of a nose surgery but not the rest. In certain circumstances, you can acquire a price for the surgery by contacting the business office.

Is rhinoplasty a painful procedure?

Not for most individuals. Most patients evaluate their pain on a scale of 0 to 4 the day following surgery.

Will you be packing my nose?

No. Packing may be an unpleasant experience. However, you will most likely have some soft splints in your nose. At the one-week checkup, physicians simply remove the splints.

We may need to apply a dressing on each side of your nose to keep everything in place and prevent bleeding. The dressings are called as ‘packs,’ and they will restrict your nose, forcing you to breathe via your mouth.

We could take them out the morning after your procedure. When the packs are removed, you may have minor bleeding, which will go away quickly.

Small pieces of plastic are occasionally inserted in your nose to prevent scar tissue from forming. These are referred to as splints, after a week, remove them. You will wear a temporary splint on the outside of your nose for a week. This must be always kept dry.

How long will I be bruised?

Bruising is not uncommon. If you have some minor bruising, it usually lasts a week or so.

What happens after the operation?

Do not blow your nose for about a week, or it might start bleeding. It may take up to three months for your breathing to be clear again.

Following rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty, the skin of the nose is very sensitive to the sun. It is important to wear strong sunscreen and a hat for at least six months after having surgery.

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