Rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty or nose job or nose filler is a surgical procedure to change the shape of your nose.

Your nose is supported by the nasal bone and cartilage. The rhinoplasty procedure allows reshaping your nasal bone, cartilage,  skin, or all three.

Purposes of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is usually performed to improve the shape or size of your nose. The following changes may be made through a rhinoplasty.

  • Nose size
  • Nose angle
  • Straighten your nose by reshaping the wall between your nasal passages
  • Narrow nose 
  • Reshape the base of your nose

Not only for aesthetics, rhinoplasty is also performed with several other purposes, such as:

  • Repair congenital nose defects.
  • Improve the shape of your nose after an accident.
  • Reshape your nose for a smoother breathing

In terms of improving your appearance, rhinoplasty may only be performed when the nasal bone is fully developed. Women may have this condition when at age 15. Meanwhile, it may take longer for men. However, for health reasons, rhinoplasty may be performed even on younger patients.

Cost Estimation for Rhinoplasty

The cost for rhinoplasty may vary — depending on how much changes you desire and which hospital you choose. 

For more details regarding the cost estimation for rhinoplasty, contact Smarter Health.

Pre-Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that permanently changes your nose shape. Here are several things required before undergoing a rhinoplasty.

Physical exam

Your nose will be photographed from multiple angles. The goal is to create the goals of surgery using a computer software. From this picture, your surgeon will also assess the proportional size of your nose

In addition, your surgeon will also check your skin, cartilage and perform blood tests and other laboratory tests to minimize the possibility of unwanted risks.

Medical history review

Your surgeon will review your medical history, starting from your past surgery, allergies, and other health conditions.

You also need to inform your surgeon about any medication you are taking.

Take medications prescribed by your doctor

Two weeks before the procedure, you should avoid medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen. These two types of medication may increase the risk of bleeding. It is also not recommended to try herbal remedies or over-the-counter medicines

Avoid smoking

Smokers may require a longer recovery than rhinoplasty. The nicotine levels affect your blood cells which results in less oxygen levels. If you do not smoke before and after the procedure, it may help speed up the recovery.

During Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty requires local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Anesthesia will only be given to perform only minor changes and on children patients. 

Then, your surgeon will make an incision from inside or between the nostrils. Your nose skin will  be separated and your surgeon will begin to change the shape of the nasal bone.

Reshaping your nasal or cartilage may be performed in a number of ways, depending on how much changes are done, the initial nasal structure, and available materials.

If your nose only requires extra bits of cartilage, your surgeon will remove it from your ear or from the inside of your nose. If more bits of cartilage is required, bone implants or grafts may be performed.

The procedure may take approximately one and a half to two hours. However, it may relatively require longer time for more complex procedures.

Post-Rhinoplasty

You do not have to stay in the hospital after rhinoplasty. The bandages placed on your nose can be removed the next morning. You may experience nosebleeds in the first 15 minutes.

When you return home, your doctor will advise you to bedrest for at least 2 weeks. To reduce swelling and bleeding, you are advised to lie down with your head higher than the chest. The stitches on your nose will go away on their own. But if not, you may need to see your surgeon to remove the stitches.

During this period, you should avoid crowded places to lower the chances of bleeding and swelling. In addition, you are also advised to maintain your health to prevent the flu. The flu might cause an infection in the newly-operated nose.

Getting exercise, taking warm baths, and lowering your head are activities that you should avoid after rhinoplasty. You should also avoid extreme facial expressions, such as smiling or laughing. facial movements such as laughing or grinning. It is also necessary for you to brush your teeth gently to limit movement of your upper lip.

It should be noted that the final result of rhinoplasty is not immediately visible after the surgery is completed. Over the course of several months, your nose will slowly transform into your desired shape.

Medications given during rhinoplasty may cause memory lapses, slowed reaction time and impaired judgment. It is better if your close ones accompany you for a few days after the procedure.

Risks of Rhinoplasty

As with any other medical procedures, rhinoplasty also carries several risks, such as: 

  • Infection.
  • Swelling 
  • Incomplete healing.
  • Skin discoloration 
  • A need for additional surgery.
  • Septal perforation or a hole in the septum 
  • The possibility of unsatisfying results
  • Numbness in and around your nose
  • Bleeding that might cause difficulty breathing 

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