If you’re considering a nose job, you need to know more about Rhinoplasty surgery. It’s…
A nose job, or rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure undertaken in order to reshape the nose. This may be for aesthetic or medical reasons, or sometimes a combination of the two. Our guide outlines what you need to know about this potentially life-changing procedure.
There are two reasons to consider rhinoplasty – aesthetic and medical.
Aesthetic – Whether it’s a hump or a bump, a crooked angle, a tip that’s bulbous, or an issue with how big or small it is in relation to the face, many people dislike the shape or size of their nose. If it’s something that troubles you, rhinoplasty is the only way to permanently correct any flaws and could help you get back your confidence and self-esteem.
Medical – Medical reasons include an injury that has resulted in the nose being crooked, a nasal blockage that causes breathing problems, recurring sinus infections, or severe snoring problems. Rhinoplasty can solve all of these medical issues and return quality of life.
Rhinoplasty is performed in a surgical operating theatre, usually under general anaesthetic. The duration of the procedure will depend on its complexity and what needs to be done; generally you can expect the procedure to be around one to three hours. There are numerous techniques your surgeon can use to provide the results you’re looking for. If you want your tip to be refined some of the cartilage can be removed, a hump can be shaved down, and nasal bones can be narrowed and straightened by breaking and then re-setting them.
There are two approaches when accessing the nose. Incisions can be made internally, within the nostrils themselves (closed rhinoplasty) or the surgeon might make an external incision in the tissue between your nostrils in order to lift up the skin and expose the internal structure (open rhinoplasty). During the consultation, your surgeon will discuss which is the best option is for you.
The best surgeons will be highly trained and experienced in rhinoplasty and place equal importance on skill and artistry, seeing them as wholly interdependent. Clearly a high degree of surgical skill is required but a level of vision and artistry is also necessary in order to sculpt the nose according to the requirements of the patient, whilst ensuring it is fully functioning and natural looking.
Your surgeon will suture the incisions and may apply a splint over your nose. Your nose may then be packed to protect its new form and to ensure it heals properly in as short a time as possible. The splint will be removed after about a week. There will be swelling and bruising but that will subside and, although you will see immediate results following the procedure, your nose will continue to improve aesthetically and functionally over the next six to twelve months.
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