Rhinoplasty, often related to by patients as “nose job” or “nose reshaping” has positively changed the quality of life of thousands of satisfied patients. It can be performed to achieve specific facial proportions as well as to improve a breathing difficulty caused by structural defects. No matter the cause, the steps and the effectiveness of the surgery stay the same.

What can be achieved by rhinoplasty “nose job”?

The potential options are countless and only wait to be discussed with a certified plastic surgeon. What is also noteworthy is the fact that the patient undergoing the procedure for breathing improvement can also reshape their nose at the same time as desired, according to the personal taste. With rhinoplasty, a patient can correct:

  • the overall nasal size in relation to facial balance
  • the size and/or the position of the nostrils
  • the width and/or the shape of the bridge (e.g. if it is humped or depressed)
  • the size and/or the shape of the nasal tip
  • any type of nasal asymmetry.

What happens during a nose job procedure?

The cosmetic surgery can be either closed, where the incisions are hidden inside the nose and not visible from the outside, or open, where there is usually a single incision made across the columella – the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. In regard to the latter, the columella incision allows the superficial skin of the nose to be raised enough to have access to the underlying shape – giving structures e.g. nasal cartilage. The next steps depend on the desired effects which both parties have agreed to – bone or cartilage can be removed to reduce nasal shape, the slope of the nasal septum may be corrected to improve breathing etc. Additional incisions alongside the nostrils may also take place if the nostrils are to be included in the surgery. After the desired shape is sculpted, the incisions are closed.

How fast is rhinoplasty recovery?

After getting a nose job a spint and/or packing may be placed inside the nose, same for its outside that can also be bandaged to protect the nasal structures during initial healing. At first, the post – surgery swelling will augment for a few days but will start to naturally subside afterwards. Most of the recovery is achieved within a few weeks, nevertheless the complete recovery takes around a year. During this time, the shape of the nose and the level of swelling may change to finally reach the desired proportions.

What needs to be done before getting a rhinoplasty?

  • Firstly, one needs to be qualified for the surgery by a licensed professional – many factors will be taken into consideration here. A doctor will assess if the facial growth is complete, if a person is healthy enough to undergo a surgery, if one does smoke or takes medication which may predispose to dangerous complications. Naturally, the patient’s expectations regarding the shape correction will also be discussed.
  • A patient needs to inform the doctor about any drug and/or food allergies to avoid a life – threatening allergic reaction during and after the surgery. Same for any coexisting medical conditions – some drugs cannot be administered for example if the patient has asthma.
  • The photos and measurements will be taken by a professional to closely examine one’s face shape.
  • The patient needs to stop taking pain killers like ibuprofen or aspirin for at least 2 weeks before the procedure. It increases the risk of dangerous bleeding. Other medications also need to be discussed with the surgeon.
  • The lab tests need to be done soon before the surgery so that the doctors have information about current health parameters of the patient.

What are the side effects of a nose job?

Overall, rhinoplasty is considered a safe and uncomplicated procedure. Nonetheless, there still is some risk to suffer from some side effects which are:

  • allergic reactions from anesthesia
  • infection
  • change in skin sensation (numbness/pain/tingling)
  • poor wound healing
  • scarring
  • difficulty breathing
  • skin discoloration
  • swelling
  • perforation of the nasal septum.
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