Rhinoplasty or commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’ is one of the most common types of cosmetic surgery. The procedure remains more popular amongst women but men are also known to undergo the facial augmentation. The surgery works to reshape the size and appearance of the nose. Whilst a popular cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty is also performed for medical reasons.
Who is this for
Rhinoplasty can be performed for both cosmetic and medical purposes, including:
Those looking to alter the appearance or aesthetics of their nose (increase or decrease in size, the shape of the tip or bridge, narrow the distance between nostrils, alter the angle between your nose and lip)
People looking to correct a birth defect or traumatic injury to the face such as a broken nose
People looking for relief from some breathing or sinus problems
How to prepare
As with all cosmetic surgery, it is important to maintain realistic expectations of the procedure. The surgery can improve the appearance of your nose and self-confidence but will not necessarily change your overall body image. Rhinoplasty is recommended only for people looking to improve the way they look, not perfect it. It is important to discuss your expectations with your doctor and maintain realistic goals before undergoing treatment. To help this patients should ensure they are in good physical and mental health before procedure.
Patients should also avoid drinking and smoking two weeks before surgery. It is important there is not a fresh acne outbreak on the skin of your nose going into surgery. As well, the nose cannot undergo operation if there is any inflammation or mucous in the nasal membranes. Discussions with your doctor will help to make sure you are cleared of these conditions and adequately prepare for treatment.
What to expect during the procedure
There are a few different types of rhinoplasty. Upon consultation with your doctor and clarification of your objectives the best approach will be mutually decided. These include:
Because of the varying types of rhinoplasty, the surgery procedure will be unique for each patient. However, generally the procedure involves some consistent steps over a 2 to 3 hour period.
Taking care after treatment
Patients should expect to take one week off before resuming to normal activities, with total recovery taking several weeks. It is recommended you have someone present following surgery to help support you.
During the first week after treatment, patients should expect to feel tired, accompanied by bruising, swelling and general discomfort. You may also feel congested or that it is difficult to breathe due to cotton dressings in the bandage process.
After the first week patients will have their cast and bandages removed. You may start to look and feel more ‘normal’, with the dissolvable stitches beginning to disappear and being able to return to light regular activities. Although, exercise and physical labour are still discouraged. By week 3 to 4, patients will see a decrease in swelling and incision appearance. At this point, patients can resume light exercise and easily disguise any redness under makeup.
Be aware of the risks
Rhinoplasty is considered a medium risk surgery excluding the risks associated with general anaesthesia. Some risks to consider are:
On average, the success rate of rhinoplasty surgery is between 85 to 90 percent. Depending on the procedure type patients can feel more confident in their appearance, resolving breathing issues, healing from facial traumas or improving abnormalities. Consultation with your doctor before surgery will help to understand the anatomy of your nose as it is important to understand your individual expected success rate.
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