Rhinoplasty also referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure to modify the shape of the nose. The shape is changed by modifying either the bone or the cartilage or both. Amongst all plastic surgeries, it is one of the most common.
Why is Rhinoplasty required?
People turn to this procedure to get their nose repaired following an injury. Some do it to correct a birth defect or breathing problems. Lastly, it can also be used to enhance the appearance of one’s nose.
In the case of non-cosmetic reasons like breathing difficulties, rhinoplasty is only considered if other conservative measures fail to have the desired impact.
A plastic surgeon can bring in the following changes through rhinoplasty –
A change in the angle of the nose
Increase or decrease the size
Reshaping of the nose tip
Making the nostrils narrower
Straighten the bridge
Note that if you are opting for this procedure for cosmetic reasons then you have to allow your nasal bone to be fully developed before you go under the knife. For females, the nasal bone develops fully when they become 15 years old. For males, their nasal bones continue to grow for some more time.
But if you are getting it for breathing difficulties, then it can be performed at a younger age.
The Procedure -
This procedure is carried out an outpatient procedure, which means you don’t have to be admitted into a hospital for an overnight stay. You will be administered either general or local anaesthesia. Once you are sedated, the doctor will make an incision at the base of the nose. After that, he will reshape the inner cartilage and bones to impart a pleasing appearance to the nose.
With advances in the medical field and a greater know how about the procedure being available, it is a fairly simple and easy procedure. The risk of complications is little, in fact, most people may experience headaches, bleeding and puffiness after the surgery. All of these can be mitigated with the help of medication. If you bleed after the surgery, which is normal, a drip pad will be taped below the nose to absorb mucus and blood.
You can return to your routine activities in about a week’s time. Remember to be careful of exposing the skin around the nose to the sun. This can discolour the skin.
Once the procedure is complete, remember the go for the follow-up appointments with the doctor. To know more about this procedure, consult a reputed plastic surgeon.