A nose job is one of the most popular plastic surgery in the world. However, it is fairly uncommon in India even today. It is an operation which involves rhinoplasty and cosmetic surgery for correction and reconstruction, restoration and aesthetic enhancement of the nose by resolving nasal trauma, respiratory barriers, congenital defect and a failed nose surgery.
Most people undergo this surgery to remove a bump and birth defects, narrow nostril’s size, change the nose and mouth’s angle, correct injuries or problems that affect breathing such as a sinus infection and deviated nasal septum.
There are two types of nose surgeries- opened and closed rhinoplasty. The technical and procedural approach of open and closed rhinoplasty is similar except for the columellar incision. A plastic surgeon sculpts the cartilage and bone of the nose to reach the desired appearance.
A nose job is a safe and effective solution which when performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon will greatly improve facial features and help patients become confident. There are many surgical procedures for nose jobs such as open and closed rhinoplasty. It is thus necessary to choose the right surgeon as per your needs to avoid the hassles of a second nose job.
The treatment is done depending on the desired outcome. A person should clearly state his or her problems or the changes they wish to make in their nasal structure. The surgeon may suggest a few alterations as per your needs and tell you the type of surgery you need to undergo.
Your surgeon may give you a few guidelines to follow prior to the surgery- to stop smoking for a minimum 6 weeks, avoid certain anti-inflammatory drugs, herbal medications, and aspirin which can cause excessive bleeding during surgery. Staying well hydrated before and after the surgery is necessary for a safe recovery.
A nose job involves a maxillofacial or plastic surgeon that creates a well- designed, aesthetic and functional nose by separating the nasal skin and soft tissues from the osseocartilaginous nasal framework and corrects them as necessary.
The surgeon then sutures the incisions by using tissue glue and applies a stent or other package- sometimes both and immobilizes the corrected nose to make sure that the surgical incision heals properly.
The patient does not require staying in the hospital overnight after the nose job but for certain critical cases, the patient might need to stay overnight for observation. A nose job involves general anesthesia but sometimes local anesthesia or intravenous sedation may be preferred. It takes at least one to three hours to complete the entire procedure.
A person who feels that their nose is not in proportionate with their other facial features is eligible for the surgery. This includes thinking that your nose is either too large or small, doesn’t fit with the rest of the face, is crooked and poorly shaped or not aligned.
A person is eligible for a nose job if they have a nasal blockage inside the nose causing breathing issues, sinus and a nasal birth defect which they want to remove. A person who wants to make their nose aesthetic is also eligible for this procedure.
If a person has many health issues or is a chain smoker, he or she will not be eligible for a nose job until they recover or stop smoking for at least two months.
The side effects of a nose job can range from mild to severe. It includes infection, altered anesthesia reactions, excess bleeding, difficulty breathing, septum perforation (a hole in the septum), numbness, slight scarring, chronic nosebleeds, blood clots and ruptured blood vessels. Sometimes, when the surgery does not go as performed, there might be a need for a revised rhinoplasty.
Maintaining proper hygiene, going for routine check-ups post surgery and following the surgeon’s instructions will help prevent the side effects of a nose job.
Despite being a relatively simple surgical procedure, the patient needs to be cautious and follow all post-treatment guidelines given by the surgeon. The patient is advised to keep their head slightly elevated at all times to reduce swelling and prevent blood from rushing to the operated area. The patient needs to brush their teeth gently to avoid jostling their upper lip or nose.
Ice can be used to reduce swelling and lessen pain. Direct contact with water must be avoided to reduce infection. Soft food must be consumed to restrict movement of facial muscles. Wearing clothes that button up help should be worn and bandages should be changed as instructed by the surgeon.
This treatment requires four-six weeks for the residual swelling to disappear. However, there might be slight swelling for as long as 15 months.
The cost for a nose job in India depends vastly upon the city and the level of skills and experience the surgeon has. The range is between Rs 40,000-Rs2,00,000.
The results of a nose job, if done properly is permanent. The swelling and scars will gradually disappear with time. If the desired results are not reached, a second corrective rhinoplasty will be conducted.
Rs 40,000- Rs 2,00,000
Sceptic about Getting Your Nose Corrected? 5 Myths about a Nose Job Busted!
With nose job or rhinoplasty turning out to be an increasingly popular surgical procedure these days in India, potential patients are presented to a great deal of data, some real, some skeptical, and some downright false.
Here are 5 of the top myths busted.
1. The surgery is a fairly simple procedure
Nose job is one of the most complex and challenging operations in plastic surgery. Not only must the nose be in symmetry with the face, but also every segment of the nose must be directly proportionate with all of the others.
2. Your nose can resemble any superstar's nose of your picking
A prospective nose job patient ought to have practical desires. Every individual's face and visage is different. John Abraham's nose would not look great on each man, nor is it achievable. Similarly, Kareena Kapoor’s nose would not suit every woman, however becoming it is on her. In Rhinoplasty overexpectation and unrealistic expectation is always a cause of dissatisfaction. It is impossible to have a nose like Katrina or Sharukh Khan.
3. The anaesthesia used in the surgery is dangerous
4. A second surgery is almost always required to get it right
While a revision surgery can be a reality when going through a nose job (as high as 10-15% in a few studies), it ideally should be a one-time operation only. Technically, the newly constructed nose is one that’s designed for life. That aside, because of the complexities of the operation and the variability in each person’s anatomy, skin, and healing, on certain occasions a revision surgery becomes necessary. When it occasionally occurs, usually it’s for something relatively minor such as a small residual bump.
5. A nose job is so expensive that only the very wealthy can afford it
Surprisingly, minor yet high-quality rhinoplasty procedures can start at as low as even INR 20,000 in India, which is not as expensive compared to several other kinds of plastic/cosmetic surgery procedures.
Caution: Avoid silicone implants for a nose job as they not good and have long term complications as extrusion and displacement.