Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, was one of the most popular procedures performed on men in 2011. It remains a popular procedure among female patients, as well. It is commonly used to make a nose more proportional to the rest of the facial features, to fix a broken or injured nose, or to correct impaired breathing caused by nose shape.
What Can Rhinoplasty Do?
Rhinoplasty can totally change the shape of your nose. It can lengthen it or shorten it, alter the contours of the nostrils or top of the nose, change the tip appearance, and change the width of the nostrils.
A nose job can correct asymmetrical nostrils, a humped bridge, an upturned tip, or any number of unsatisfactory aesthetic characteristics. The surgeon can alter both the bone tissues and the cartilage tissues of the nose during this procedure
What is the Rhinoplasty Surgery Like?
A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed while the patient is under anesthesia. The incision will be made either inside the nostrils or between them, along the septum.
The surgeon then separates the skin from the bone and cartilage and reshapes the structures of the nose using cartilage from farther in the nose, from the ear, or from other locations on the body. The tissues are replaced over the newly-shaped nose.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
The surgeon may pack the nose with cotton wadding to stop any bleeding. Bandages may be in place for up to seven days, along with a cast or splint. Patients need to rest with the head higher than the heart in order to reduce swelling.
Once the dressings are removed, the patient may experience some bleeding or drainage. The patient should avoid swimming, blowing their nose, strenuous activity, or pulling clothes over their head for the first few weeks after surgery.
Patients should also avoid brushing their top teeth too hard, and making large, expansive facial expressions. To avoid discoloration of the skin, stay out of the sun as much as possible until the surgeon tells advises otherwise.
There may also be some bruising and swelling of the nose and around the eyes. Cold compresses may help with swelling. It can take up to six months for the swelling to totally subside, revealing the new appearance of the nose.
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