Changing the form of the nose through surgery is known as rhinoplasty (RIE-no-plas-tee). The purpose of rhinoplasty may be to alter the nose’s appearance, enhance breathing, or both.
The structure of the nose is composed primarily of cartilage at the bottom and bone at the top. Bone, cartilage, skin, or all three might be changed during rhinoplasty. Discuss the benefits of rhinoplasty and whether it is right for you with your surgeon.
Your surgeon will take into account your other facial characteristics, the skin on your nose, and the changes you want to make while planning a rhinoplasty.
Your nose’s size, shape, or proportions can be altered by rhinoplasty. It might be carried out to fix congenital defects, heal injury-related abnormalities, or ease breathing problems.
Before undergoing Rhinoplasty
You must consult with your surgeon to establish whether rhinoplasty is likely to be successful for you before making an appointment. This gathering often consists of:
If you have a small chin, your surgeon might discuss chin augmentation surgery with you. This is due to the fact that a small chin will give the appearance of a larger nose. In some situations, chin surgery is not necessary, although it could help to better balance the facial profile.
Medicine and Dietary Restrictions
For two weeks before and after surgery, refrain from taking any aspirin- or ibuprofen-containing drugs (Advil, Motrin IB, etc.). These drugs might make bleeding worse. Take just the meds that your surgeon has approved or prescribed. Also, stay away from over-the-counter vitamins and herbal medicines.
Stop smoking if you do. Smoking hinders the recovery from surgery and increases your risk of developing an infection.
Depending on how complicated your procedure is and what your surgeon chooses, rhinoplasty involves either local anaesthetic with sedation or full anaesthetic. Before having surgery, discuss with your doctor which type of anaesthetic is best for you.
A small external cut (incision) will be made at the base of your nose, in the space between your nostrils, or within your nose for rhinoplasty. The bone and cartilage underneath your skin will probably be readjusted by your surgeon.
Depending on the amount that needs to be taken out or added, the structure of your nose, and the materials that are available, your surgeon can alter the form of your nasal bones or cartilage in a number of ways. The surgeon may utilise cartilage from your ear or from deeper into your nose to make minor adjustments. The surgeon may utilise implants, bone from other parts of your body, or cartilage from your rib for more significant alterations. After making these adjustments, the doctor closes the incisions in your nose and replaces the skin and tissue.
Changes to your nose’s structure, even the ones commonly measured in millimetres, can have a significant impact on how your nose appears. A skilled surgeon can typically provide outcomes that best fits. However, in certain instances, the small adjustments are insufficient, and you and your surgeon can opt to do a second surgery for more adjustments. If so, you will need to wait at least a year before having the follow-up surgery because your nose may change over that time.