If you are considering rhinoplasty, you will no doubt have come across two different terms…
If you’re considering a nose job, you need to know more about Rhinoplasty surgery. It’s important to understand the process and challenges before you decide to meet with a surgeon for a consultation. We’ve put together this simplified guide to provide you with all the pertinent information you need to make a decision.
Rhinoplasty (also known as a nose job) is the surgical procedure used to reconstruct the shape of the nose. You can opt to have the surgery for a number of reasons, including:
There are a number of medical conditions that affect the proper functioning of your nose, many of which can be corrected withcombined nasal surgery. Rhinoplasty can commonly be combined with septoplasty(correction of the deviated septum) to correct both nasal and septal deviations. Septal deviation can cause difficulty in breathing, which may lead to nasal blockage and breathing difficulties. If you think you require a nose job for medical reasons, it’s important to discuss your situation with a professional to determine the best course of action.
More and more people are deciding to undergo surgery on their nose for aesthetic reasons. If you were born with a misshapen or large nose, and it’s affecting your self-confidence or quality of life, Rhinoplasty is a highly effective solution. It changes the shape of your nose where it becomes more aesthetically pleasing and as a result this may help improve your self-esteem.
Rhinoplasty is also a common procedure for people who havesuffered a facial injury such as a sporting injury that has resulted in a broken nose. Ideally, surgery should take place within the first couple of weeks following the accident. However, if this is not possible, reconstruction can still take place at a later stage.
If you decide to go ahead with the surgery, it’s important to understand the procedure beforehand. Rhinoplasty takes place under anaesthesia, which may either involve intravenous sedation or a general anaesthetic. Most surgeons perform rhinoplasty under general anaesthetic.
There are two approaches to Rhinoplasty, and your procedure will vary depending on your requirements:
The approach required will depend on the nature of your reconstruction needed and your anatomy. Your surgeon will discuss this with you at your consultation.
Once the appropriate incisions have been made, the reconstruction can take place. This step may involve a variety of techniques, dependingon your requirements. For example, pieces of bone and cartilage may be removed if the goal is to reduce the size of the nose. In the case of a deviated septum, the surgery will focus on realigning the septum to improve breathing difficulties.
Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon will close the incisions in the most appropriate way to minimise scarring.
You will need to meet with a qualified Rhinoplasty surgeon to ascertain if you will benefit from Rhinoplasty. However, if you suffer from any of the problems listed in this article -low self-esteem, damage caused by injury, or medical conditions that affect your nose, it’s likely that surgery may help to alleviate the issues.
After your surgery, you will need plenty of rest to recover. Your nose will be heavily bandaged, so it won’t be possible to see the results immediately. A dressing will be placed inside the nose to help minimise the bleeding however it also prevents you from breathing through the nose. There are several things you can do to speed up the recovery, such as:
Dr Shahidi has detailed pre and post surgical instructions to aid you heal well after Rhinoplasty surgery on his mobile app that can be downloaded free of charge from iTunes of Google Play.