No doubt the nose is one of the face's most prominent features and the one a good number of men and women would most like to change. If you are unhappy with your nose, you can transform it with nasal surgery called Rhinoplasty. If breathing through your nose is a problem, Rhinoplasty can be combined with a Septoplasty to correct the interior chambers of your nose to effectively restore the capacity to breathe freely. So whether you want to change your profile or breathe more easily, nasal surgery's modern techniques permit you to have safe, and dramatic results.
What features of the nose can be changed?
As a rule, patients are interested in changing the profile, the width, the tip, or the nostrils' shape. All of these can be addressed with Rhinoplasty. In addition to taking out undesirable bumps, the surgeon can make the nose larger, more narrow, shorter, or longer, or more symmetrical to your face. The goal is to give you a natural-looking nose that is well suited to your face and more aesthetically pleasing.
How is the Rhinoplasty procedure performed?
Most commonly the surgery is performed through tiny incisions made just inside the nostrils. At other times it may be necessary to make another incision across the strip of skin between the nostrils. Regardless of the method, the incisions will be virtually invisible after healing. Operating through these incisions, the surgeon can reshape and redefine the nose by sculpting the bones and cartilage--perhaps reducing some areas while building up others with your own cartilage and bones or other approved materials. A personal consultation with a surgeon will help determine which techniques might be best for you, depending on your natural structure and desired result.
What will I look and feel like afterward?
Because every individual patient varies in degree of bruising and healing, there is no exact answer. However, we can offer a general outline of expectations:
- For the first few days there will be some swelling and bruising around the eye area. You may have a stuffy feeling and experience mild bleeding. All activity should be restricted; resting with the head elevated is absolutely necessary to minimize swelling. Your surgeon will be able to prescribe medication to control any discomfort.
- Within the first week, you may resume very light activity, bandages and gauze packing will be removed, and you may use cosmetics to cover any discoloration.
- Within 7-10 days, stitches will be removed or will dissolve.
- After 4-6 weeks you may resume nearly all of your normal activities and light exercise. You will experience a significant reduction of swelling and the final results will begin to take shape over the next few months.
Will I have to be in the hospital?
Rhinoplasty is considered an outpatient procedure: you will most likely return to the comfort of your own home the same day. The procedure may be done in a hospital, out-paient surgery center or in your surgeon's office-based surgical suite. Most commonly local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is used, although in some cases, a surgeon may suggest general anesthesia. Either method will insure your ultimate comfort during the process and your surgeon will be constantly monitoring your physical condition both during the procedure and in the recovery room.
What kind of follow up care will I need?
You will return to your surgeon's office for a postoperative visit within the first 4-10 days and then periodically to monitor your progress over the next month or so.
What kind of risks are involved?
Nasal surgery or Rhinoplasty is a safe procedure that is performed on thousands of men and women each year with no major complications. As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks. Your surgeon can discuss these with you in a personal consultation.