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Rhinoplasty - Decoding 5 Common Myths!

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Dr. Gautam Gangurde 88% (43 ratings)
M.Ch - Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Nashik  •  15 years experience
Rhinoplasty - Decoding 5 Common Myths!

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure (for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes) that is performed to reshape the nose as per one's requirement. Also known as a Nose Job, Rhinoplasty takes care of a host of nasal problems including an asymmetric nose or an enlarged nasal tip that can subject one to public embarrassment and mental agony, shattering their confidence into a million pieces. In spite of its effectiveness and high success rate, there are many misconceptions or myths related to Rhinoplasty that needs to be addressed.

In this article, we will bring forward some popular myths that have long been associated with Rhinoplasty so that people can understand the procedure better.

Myth: Rhinoplasty, being a surgical procedure, can be extremely painful leaving the face, especially around the eyes and the nose bruised that may take months to heal.
Fact: While some pain and bruising are inevitable (especially immediately after the surgery), severe bruising or excruciating pain is rare. In most cases, the pain or the associated discomfort do not last for more than a few hours following the Rhinoplasty. In extreme cases, a person may take a day to recover.

Myth: More than often, the incisions made in Rhinoplasty results in severe scarring of the nose.
Fact: A rhinoplasty may be an open or closed type. In Closed Rhinoplasty, the incision for the surgery is made inside the nostrils. Thus, chances of a visible scar are almost negligible. On the other hand, in the case of an Open Rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes the incision in such a way (across the columella, mostly in the shape of an inverted V) that the scar is negligibly visible.

Myth: Every individual, irrespective of their age can undergo Rhinoplasty
Fact: Not all individuals with a nasal problem can undergo Rhinoplasty, especially

  • Boys below 15 years and girls below 14 years (for rhinoplasty, the facial structures should be fully developed).
  • People under immense mental stress (such as depression, stress, anxiety, and related psychological problems).

Myth: Getting the surgery done by an experienced surgeon will ensure 100% success with no revision required.
Fact: There is no denying the fact that the choice of the surgeon is critical when it comes to Rhinoplasty.There are surgeons and health practitioners who undergo extensive training to perform Rhinoplasty. With an experienced surgeon, the chances of the surgery being a success will undoubtedly be strong, but having unrealistic expectations may not be a wise idea.There may be instances where an individual may require a revision (though not very often) following the surgery.

Myth: A person is always given a general anesthesia during Rhinoplasty.
Fact: The nature of the anesthesia depends on the type of the nose surgery. While a major nose surgery does require a general anesthesia, local anesthesia is often used for surgeries to correct the nose tip (or Rhinoplasty for minor nasal problems).

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