Surgery to reshape the nose, called rhinoplasty, is a common cosmetic surgical procedure that can have a profound effect on a person’s appearance and self-confidence. Rhinoplasty can involve any number of changes, including size augmentation or reduction, narrowing of the nostrils, changes in the bridge or tip of the nose, or an alteration to the angle of the nose and the upper lip. The purpose of the reshaping is to create a more aesthetically-pleasing nose.
Are You a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
In general, a good candidate for rhinoplasty surgery is:
- In good health
- At an age where their nose has finished growing (usually around 15 or 16 in girls, 17 or 18 in boys)
- Unhappy with the shape or size of their nose
- Having difficulty breathing through their nose as a result of their nasal structure
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
The surgery can take between one to two hours and is performed on an outpatient basis. The patient will be placed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the surgery needed. Rhinoplasty is a highly individualized surgery that is tailored to the patient’s unique facial anatomy as well as their personal wishes.
The plastic surgery procedure may require tiny incisions made inside the nostrils or through the skin at the base of the nose, between the nostrils. From one of these incision points, the cartilage is reshaped, or at times cartilage is taken from another part of the body (often the ear or rib) and grafted onto the nose. Nasal bones may also be straightened and/or the internal nasal structure may be reshaped by suturing nasal tissues into position.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
Dressings will be placed inside the nose after surgery for the first few days or up to a week after surgery. Depending on the amount of work done, the surgeon may also place a splint on the nose to support it while healing. Some swelling of the nose, as well as blood and mucus drainage, is common for the first few days, and nasal breathing will be limited. Blowing the nose or sniffing should be avoided for the first two weeks. The patient can take prescribed pain medication to relieve discomfort, but aspirin and anti-inflammatory medicines should be avoided to prevent excessive bleeding. To help reduce swelling, it is recommended that the patient rests during the day and sleeps at night with their head raised higher than their chest for the first week.
Wearing sunglasses or glasses should also be avoided for the first four weeks, to prevent pressure on the nose. Sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 should be applied to the nose during any sun exposure for the first six months post-surgery. Patients should avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects for the first two weeks. Strenuous activities like aerobics and jogging should be avoided for several weeks post-surgery. Generally, a patient is able to return to work about one week after surgery.
Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Consultation Today
If you’re upset about the size or shape of your nose, why not find out more about rhinoplasty surgery? Schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons at Allure Plastic Surgery and they will give you more details on what kind of results you can expect. The consultation process is very detailed and requires a joint review of before and after patient photos between you and the surgeon, to help them get an idea of your goals and expectations for the surgery. Your input during the planning process is very helpful, as it will enable the surgeon to plan a procedure that will meet your needs. Schedule your complimentary consultation today by calling Allure Plastic Surgery at (305) 479-2991.