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Is Rhinoplasty surgery right for me?

December 3, 2020

Cosmetic and plastic surgery is on the rise with about 17.5 million procedures (globally) both surgical and minimally invasive just in 2017. But unlike the misconception, not all plastic surgeries are done to plump up those lips or sharpen those jawlines. Some plastic surgery is for more than this! Like the rhinoplasty surgery or as people like to call it the “nose job.”

What is Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Rhinoplasty surgery is a form of plastic surgery done on the nose to change its shape and enhance/improve its function. It is done for aesthetic and medical reasons. Few medical reasons are- to correct breathing problems caused due to a deviated septum, nasal hump or other nose disfigurement resulting from injury, trauma or congenital disabilities.

What are the types of Rhinoplasty?

Types of rhinoplasty include:

  • Changing the nose's shape and appearance (cosmetic surgery)
  • Resizing the nostrils
  • Removing the nasal hump
  • Correcting the shape of the nose after a trauma or injury
  • Adjusting the bridge
  • Widening the breathing passages

What is the procedure?

Rhinoplasty surgery is done on an outpatient basis. It starts with your surgeon going through your overall health and discussing the risks, recovery time, and costs involved. Once this is agreed on, you and your cosmetic surgeon will have to sit together and decide the technique for reshaping the nose. After this, the date, time and venue is fixed.

On the day of the surgery, you will get general or local anaesthesia so that you don’t feel the pain during the surgery since it will sedate and numb your nose. Then the surgeon makes cuts within the nostrils or across the base of the nose and reshapes the inner bone and cartilage according to you (the patient’s) needs.

What are the risks involved?

Like any other surgery rhinoplasty surgery to has certain risks. These include:

  • Nose bleeding
  • Permanent nerve damage
  • Infection, if not taken care of after the surgery
  • An allergic reaction to the anaesthesia
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Scarring at the base of the nose
  • Bursting of the minute blood vessels on the surface of the skin

Generally, rhinoplasty surgery is a very simple procedure and has no major risks involved. If rhinoplasty surgery is in your mind, then you should first start with looking for a good, experienced, and professional surgeon who will walk you through the entire procedure from start to finish and help you understand the risks and how to recover after the surgery.

What to expect and do after the surgery?

Recovery is a very important part of the surgery. The patient is usually given a nasal splint to wear for a first week after the surgery. Do not panic about the swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose since it will take about two weeks to improve; some may even take about six months. You will only be able to see the result only after it has completely healed.

When you are healing from the surgery, you should avoid any strenuous activity for three to six weeks (after surgery). If you experience any discomfort even after six months of the operation, then we suggest you consult with a healthcare specialist at the earliest.

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