Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. This may reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge of the nose, sharpen the opening of the nostrils or change the angle between the nose and upper lip. Rhinoplasty can correct birth defects or those caused by injury, and may also improve nasal breathing problems.
The best candidate for this operation is a person who wants to improve instead of perfecting their appearance. The procedure should be done only in people over 16 or 17 years old because the nose continues to change until that age. This surgery is ambulatory and can be done with local anesthesia and sedation in either the clinic or hospital.
No two noses are alike, so rhinoplasty is an operation that has to be individualized for each person. The nose contains a structure of bone and cartilage covered with skin, and the defect in the nose may involve any combination thereof. Depending on the objective, rhinoplasty can be open or closed. Open rhinoplasty is done through an incision at the base of the nose, which creates access to the interior to change the desired shape. Closed rhinoplasty is done through an incision inside the nostril that eliminates external scarring. The method used depends on the defect to be corrected.
In both cases the recovery period is similar. Usually the patient can return to a sedentary activity level immediately. The nose is protected with a splint or compresses placed inside the nostril for a few days. The recovery period is usually uncomfortable but not painful. You should avoid blowing your nose to avoid bruising for a week. The nose is unique in that it takes several months or years to fully heal or for the swelling to be eliminated completely. Although the effect of the operation can be noticed immediately, the nose will continue to change and improve for several months and even years in some cases.
Complications of rhinoplasty are minor and may include infection, hematoma, olfactory distortion, asymmetry and impaired breathing through the nose. The most common complication is the patient who is not absolutely satisfied with the outcome. So much so, that one in ten patients who do this procedure need corrective surgery.
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