Rhinoplasty

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What is Rhinoplasty?


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Rhinoplasty is one of the most technically demanding cosmetic surgeries. It requires _ anatomical knowledge to fix functional deformities and produce the best-looking nose possible. 'Perfect' noses are acquired, not born with.

The goal of nasal surgery is a nose that looks natural and blends harmoniously with the rest of your facial structure. Reshaping of the nose (Rhinoplasty) is one of the most common among cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.

Rhinoplasty can change the size of the nose, the angle between the nose and upper lip, the shape of the tip or the bridge, or 11arrow the width of the nostrils. The size of the nose may be increased using bone graft or silicone implants or it may also be reduced. It may also correct bi_ defects or breathing problems.

Though Rhinoplasty can be done at any age teenagers are best treated after their growth spurt, around the age of 16-17 years for girls and 17-18 years for boys.


Am I a good candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Some of the indications that you may be a good candidate for Rhinoplasty are:

  • Your nose appears too large for your face
  • There is a bump on the nasal bridge when viewed in profile
  • Your nose seems too wide when viewed from the front
  • The nasal tip droops or plunges
  • The tip is thickened or enlarged
  • Your nostrils are excessively flared
  • Your nose is off-centre or crooked / depressed (Saddle Nose)
  • Previous injury has made your nose asymmetrical

Occasionally your surgeon may suggest other surgical correction to improve facial balance, for example, chin reshaping.

Breathing problems if any can be corrected at the time of Rhinoplasty. You will be asked to explain exactly what you wish to improve. The surgeon will then evaluate what can be realistically achieved.


Where will the incisions for Rhinoplasty be made?

In most cases, all the incisions will be placed inside your nose, where they will not be visible. If the base of the nose is narrowed or the nasal tip is reduced, small wedges at the base of the nostrils will be removed. Incisions are hidden in the natural crease where the nostril joins the cheeks. Sometimes an incision is made across the columella which is hardly noticeable.


How will my surgeon reshape my nose?


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Through the incisions your surgeon will work on the cartilage and bone that form the framework of the nose. Sometimes, the underlying bones may be altered slightly to give a narrow shape. If the nose needs to be built up in certain areas, a nasal cartilage or bone or cartilage from another site or quite commonly an artificial implant (Anatomical Implant) may be used. The skin and soft tissues red rape themselves.
Depending on the surgical technique used, a splint may be placed on the nose for 7 to 8 days to hold the tissues in place till they stabilize. The splint will protect your nose from accidental bumps and while you sleep. Sometimes packing or soft absorbent material may be used inside the nostrils, especially if procedure from patient to has been done to improve breathing. The packing may be removed with in 48 hrs.

How will I look and feel initially?
The amount of time it takes for recovery varies patient. There may be minor bruising around the eyes and cheeks, which will subside within a few days. It is imperative to keep the head elevated while sleeping and restrict active movements.

When can I resume my normal activities?
You may be able to return to work within a week pr ten days. Most normal activities including exercise may be resumed after three weeks or when your surgeon advises you to.

The results of the Rhinoplasty may not be obvious until three month passed after surgery.