Rhinoplasty or nose-job is a cosmetic surgery for the nose to reshape or resize the nose, and also to correct the breathing problems, if any. This procedure helps to make the nose look and function better. It is a safe method to alter the nose size in relation to the rest of the face. It also can change the width of the nose bridge and reduces the appearance of humps or depressions on nose. Other corrections that can be done through this procedure are the position of the nasal tip, the size of the nostrils, and the symmetry of both nostrils.
Anyone who wants to change the appearance of their nose or those having breathing trouble (pertaining to nose) can opt for Rhinoplasty Surgery.
Patients suffering with breathing problems like snoring, deviated septum, or inferior turbinate hypertrophy, can opt for a functional rhinoplasty.
Patients who have sustained a nasal fracture due to any accident or trauma in a car or due to playing any sport can consider Rhinoplasty which can be performed to straighten the nose and also to achieve a desired shape.
Rhinoplasty is done under general anaesthesia during which the plastic surgeon will alter the framework: bone and/or cartilage as well the skin envelope of the nose. This is done to change the form or functionality of the nose. The other options to enhance the aesthetics are adding a cartilage graft or remodelling of the tip to make it look younger and fitter. This cartilage graft can be taken from the nasal septum or ear or the rib, depending on the need. Fillers or fat grafts can also be put in to increase the volume and give that youthful look. Some patients prefer silicone, but it comes with its risks of infection.
What to expect after a rhinoplasty?
After the operation a splint will be placed on your nose for 5-7 days. The nasal orifices will be covered and packed with paraffin gauze for 24 to 48 hours. In some cases, patients experience any slight bleeding, for which they can use a wet cotton swab and place it on the nose till the bleeding stops.
Once the splint is removed, you will be able to do your day-to-day activities. The bruises & swelling will diminish in about 2-3 weeks and the nose will get softer over a few months and get back to normal. Avoid sun in the initial days of surgery.
Within 3 weeks, you can start practicing light sports, but it is recommended to resume heavy exercises only after a month and consulting your surgeon.
Are there any side effects?
Rhinoplasty is a very safe procedure and when performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, has minimal to no side effects. Few of the common side effects may include swelling, bruising, infection or skin rash that is temporary and will diminish within next few days to weeks. During the first weeks after surgery, breathing may be difficult due to incisions, scars, mucous hypertrophy and valvular collapse. This will disappear in a few weeks.
Clinically, the final result will depend on bone cartilaginous structure and type of skin envelope of each person. Every patient is made aware of all surgical possibilities and what to expect from surgery. The final result usually takes about 6 months to 1 year to be appreciated.