Nose surgery also called Rhinoplasty or nose job is surgery that changes the nose appearance or improves its function. It is performed in order:
- To make the nose smaller
- To make nose bigger
- To remove the nasal bump
- To correct fleshy nose
- To straighten a crooked nose
- To fix the bony nose
- To treat nasal polyp
- To make nostrils smaller
- To change the angle between the nose and the upper lip
During the nose surgery, the surgeon makes an incision to access nasal bone and cartilage. The incisions mostly are created inside the nose which is invisible after the surgery. During the procedure, some parts of the cartilage or bone may be removed or in case of need some tissue may be added (either from another part of the body or using a synthetic filler). When the surgeon corrects the nasal bone and cartilage, the skin and tissue will fit over the new structure. Although, the type of nose and the procedure of absorbing stitches are other factors that can affect this process. Finally, a splint is placed outside the nose to support the new form during the recovery period.
The nose surgery can be done under the local or general anesthesia depending on the surgery complexity. If your surgery undertakes under the local anesthesia, you can hear the sound of working on your nasal bone or cartilage.
Usually, a nose job is an outpatient surgery but sometimes you may need an overnight hospital stay. Generally, the surgeon who does the nose surgery is a cosmetic surgeon or Otorhinolaryngologist.
What to expect after the nose surgery?
One week following the rhinoplasty, your nose bandage and splint will be removed. Your face is puffy and around your nose may get bruised and swelling. Your doctor may prescribe you a pain killer and your pain and swelling will subside about 10-14 days following the surgery. During this time you need to keep your head evaluated and it may take several weeks to return your heavy activities.
Why nose surgery?
The nose job can change size, form, and angle of your nose and improve your nose symmetric with your facial structure. Rhinoplasty can correct your nose structural problems that cause chronical congestion or breathing problems.
How effective is nose surgery?
A successful rhinoplasty depending on your expectations of the surgery. The important point is to reach a common idea about your surgery with your surgeon.
The rhinoplasty result is permanent although, the further damages or the other factors can affect the nose appearance. The nose surgery should only apply for the fully developed nose, for females is the age 15 or 16 and in males is age17 or 18. If the nose job performs before these ages, the development of the nose can affect the final results of the surgery and probably cause the other complications.
What to do, if I am not happy with my results?
Unfortunately, despite the surgeon efforts, sometimes the surgery results are not according to your expectation. It may happen due to different reasons such as surgical errors or your unrealistic expectations. If your nose is not formed as your ideal expectations, do not worry because the result of nose surgery can be developed one year following the surgery. If you are still unhappy with your new nose even after the final changes, there are also other options for correction and treatment. Depending on the required changes, the surgeon may suggest a non-surgical nose reshaping or even revision rhinoplasty.
Aesthetic benefits of rhinoplasty
The most common reason to apply for nose surgery is to improve the nose appearance. Many people think the size and form of their nose are not matched with the rest of their facial structure, so they choose the rhinoplasty to improve their face harmonious balance. During the nose surgery, some changes can be made to the nasal bridge, tip nose, and nostrils. Choosing a qualified surgeon can ensure the most effective results with your surgery.
Following are some aesthetic benefits of nose job:
- Facial symmetry; the slightest asymmetry in the nose has a significant effect on the appearance. The nose surgery can make a more balanced appearance.
- Shape improvement; any change on the nasal bridge or nose tip can draw attention to the other facial features.
- Proportionate nasal volume; even a small change on nasal width has a major and significant effect on the facial symmetry.
- Remove nasal bump or crookedness; nose surgery can correct the nasal bump, it doesn’t matter whether is a birth defector occurred by an accident.
Health benefits of rhinoplasty
Rather than cosmetic advantages of nose surgery, it can improve the health-related problems. Two significant health advantages of rhinoplasty are:
- Improving breathing problems; nose job can treat blocked nasal passage and correct structural disorders and improve breathing abilities.
- Correcting birth defects; The nose surgery can correct internal birth defects as well as external abnormalities such as correcting crooked nose.
Quality of life
Nose job has psychological advantages as well as the physical advantages. Peoples who are unsatisfied by the size and form of their nose, usually have low self-confidence and shy because of their appearance. In other words, many people undertake nose surgery to improve their self-confidence.
Nose job risks
Bruising and swelling around your eyes is common following the rhinoplasty. the other associated complications with the nose job are:
- Nasal bleeding
- Any damage or hole to the nasal septum (a wall that separates the nostrils)
- A nasal blockage that is resulted by swelling inside the nose
- Anesthesia’s complications
You should keep it in your mind that your surgery results may not be the same as your expectations.
Reduce the nose surgery risks
Although nose job complications may not occur for all patients but following are some tips that help you to reduce the rhinoplasty side effects.
The first step, choose a qualified surgeon. An expert surgeon who observe the safety standards can minimize the risk of infection septal perforation and the other problems. An experienced surgeon can guarantee pleasing results.
The second step, patients should follow pre and post-operative care-for nose surgery. These structures are not used just for difficulties but speed up the healing procedure and protect the patient’s health.
The final step, peoples should keep in touch with their doctors during the procedure. They should be honest about the treatment goals as well as medical history, medication, smoking, and other related worries.
Nose surgery can be performed to change the shape, size, and overall appearance. In some situations, the surgeon may recommend you to undertake a chin implant at the same time. This surgery can help to balance the facial structure.
If you want to know whether you are a good candidate for nose surgery, you need to consult with an expert qualified surgeon. Your surgeon considers your medical history, skin quality, cosmetic goals, and brain preparedness before the surgery and then recommend the best option.