Rhinoplasty may be performed by many techniques, with a different course of surgical incisions. The plastic surgeon will thoroughly examine and assess your face before the surgery in order to select the most appropriate method in your case.
Who is a candidate?
The surgery is usually performed in patients who do not accept the appearance of their nose because of its shape and size. The aim of rhinoplasty is to change the appearance of the nose maintaining proper proportions and natural look.
Before the surgery
The plastic surgeon will thoroughly analyze your medical history as well as the condition of your general health.
You will also receive detailed information that will help you to properly prepare for the procedure. It includes:
- quitting smoking,
- list of contraindicated drugs,
- proper wound care technique,
- eating and drinking restrictions day before the surgery.
In some cases, additional treatments are recommended to complement the surgery, but your plastic surgeon will let you know in advance.
The course of the surgery
Depending on the part of the nose that needs to be improved, the correction of nasal septum, bony or cartilage part may be performed. However, the most common procedure is total rhinoplasty that includes all of the above. The surgery is performed either by open or close method.
Type of the anesthesia
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
After the surgery
Most of the patients will experience mild pain and discomfort in the operated region that is usually well controlled with prescribed painkillers. Swelling and bruising of the face usually occur, however they subside within 14 days.
A splint or bandages will be placed on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing. It will be removed together with stiches after 7 to 10 days.
Patients are usually able to return to work after 10-14 days. Intense physical activity is contradicted for about 6 weeks. During initial 6 weeks, you should be especially careful and protect your nose from injuries and do not wear glasses.
Rhinoplasty usually improves the appearance of the nose and corrects impaired breathing. However, you should keep in mind that it is consider to be a “major” surgery. Before the surgery, carefully consider your expectations regarding the results of the procedure and discuss them with your plastic surgeon.
Complications are usually rare and they include: asymmetry, impaired wound healing, complications related to anesthesia, unfavorable scars, nasal septum perforation and nasal valve collapse. Additional surgical treatment may be necessary due to infection or unsatisfactory appearance.
Not every patient qualifies for a rhinoplasty, and your possible complications may can differ from other patients. Your plastic surgeon will explain the possible risks and complications of the surgery before the operation.
Rhinoplasty enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It also improves the quality of breathing. The final assessment of the effect of the operation will be made 12 months after the surgery.