Rhinoplasty is the procedure of altering the shape of the nose by modifying the nasal cartilages and nasal bones and occasionally adding a tissue. The procedure is also performed to fix nose fractures. Rhinoplasty is usually undertaken to improve the appearance of the nose.
Who can have a Rhinoplasty?
Anyone who thinks that he needs his nose restructured to bring about an aesthetic effect can have a Rhinoplasty. A Rhinoplasty operation is also beneficial for someone who needs to increase the space of its nasal cavity to ease breathing. Since all the parts of the face should be in complete harmony with each other, a sharp nose is becoming a popular feature in people nowadays. Before having a Rhinoplasty it is essential to have a thorough discussion with your doctor so that he is clear of your expectations.
How is the operation conducted?
The surgery usually takes 2-3 hours to perform depending on the complexity of the operation. The surgeon makes a cut on the skin of the nose to operate on the cartilage and bone structures. Depending on the desired shape the surgeon may insert the cartilage from your ears and use it to shape your nose. The surgeon may make an incision on the tip of the nose for making complex procedures.
Post Operative Care
You should not blow your nose for 48 hours. In case you want to sneeze you should try sneezing with your mouth open. In case your nose becomes stuffed you can sniff it in. You should not blow your nose too hard as it may lead to bleeding. In case of bleeding put a clean cloth in front of the nose for some time. Try not to eat hot food as it will lead to an increase in the chances of bleeding. Since the nose is a little stuffy after operation you should stay away from polluted places.
The patient can resume normal work schedule after 2 weeks. If you wish to undertake some rigorous exercises then you should consult your doctor about it.
Cost of the operation
Depending on the expertise of the surgeon you choose the operation can cost between 5000 to 10000 dollars.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will you need any medication after the procedure?
The doctor may advice some spray to help reduce irritation in the nose. Some pain killers may also be advised to keep the pain in check.
Will it hurt during or after the operation?
The doctor will operate on you after administering a local anesthetic so there is no pain during the operation. After the operation you may experience headache and pain in the nose which can be subsided with the help of pain killers.
What are the risks associated with this procedure?
Plastic surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries inherent risks and potential complications.
Please read our Risks and Complications of Plastic Surgery page.