You may have been thinking of having a nose job for years, with an idea in your mind and how you would love your nose to look. You make look longing at someone else’s nose, a small petite nose, wishing yours was just like theirs. Perhaps you have a bent or broken nose, or a hump on the bridge, enlarged nostrils or a particularly long or wide nose. So you’re probably thinking about a rhinoplasty nose surgery, what does this involve?
What Does Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery Involve?
A rhinoplasty involves a surgical change to your nose shape. It can be carried out through the nose, so no outward scars are visible, or can be carried out through an incision in the front of the nose between the nostrils to give the surgeon full access to your nose. This second approach will be done in a discreet play where scarring is faint. During the surgery the surgeon will take away any unwanted flesh, restructure the nose by taking away or replacing cartilage in the nose structure, using cartilage from the ear or ribs to build a new framework. They may also reduce nostril size and reshape the nose.
Pre-surgery you will agree with your surgeon what you would like the end result to look like and they will produce visuals showing what your nose should look like following the surgery. You can then make adjustments to these images until you feel that the end result is what you want.
Nasal surgery can also be done to help with the function of the nose, perhaps you have always struggled to breathe through your nose or since it has been broken you have suffered with this issue. So the nasal structure can be altered to improve breathing using cartilage to support the nasal passages.
Recovery Following Rhinoplasty
A rhinoplasty surgery should take a few hours and will be carried out under anesthetic. It is likely you will be released home the same day following your surgery wearing a nasal splint to protect your nose. The second and third day after recovery you may feel worse with a lot of swelling and pain, but by the fourth day this will subside and you will feel a lot better. A full recovery is expected after two weeks when the nasal splint will be removed. However you are best to avoid strenuous activity and certainly contact sport for a couple of month until your nose is fully healed from the surgery.
If you have had open rhinoplasty surgery then your scarring may take awhile to fade and should become unnoticeable after six to twelve months when it is no longer red.
Rhinoplasty is certainly a good option for someone who has had nasal trauma, has difficulty breathing or would like to change the look of their natural nose. It is a relatively simple and quick procedure and recovery time shouldn’t put your life on hold too much. A new nose could make all the difference to you.
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