Rhinoplasty or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common & most difficult of all cosmetic facial surgery procedures.
Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip caused by birth defects or injury
An often overlooked side of rhinoplasty is that it can help relieve some breathing problems, better airflow results in more oxygen to the blood and brain and a reduction in stress.
If you are considering Rhinoplasty this information will give you some basic information about the procedure.
Rhinoplasty usually takes from an hour to two and half hours (as with all surgery complicated procedures may take longer). During surgery the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage which is then sculpted to the desired shape. The nature of the sculpting will depend on your requirements.
Rhinoplasty is usually done from within the nose, making their incision inside the nostrils. some times a small incision across the columella (lower side of nose). In either case the incision is either invisible or barely visible on close inspection.
Types of Anaesthesia
Rhinoplasty can be performed under local or general anaesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure and on what your surgeon prefers. (Note: general anaesthesia costs a little more than local anaesthesia)
After the Surgery
When the surgery is complete, a pack is put inside your nose and a plaster cast is put on the nose.The nasal pack is removed in 24 to 48 hrs and the external plaster is kept for 10 to 15 days. If the stitches are on the outside they will be removed on day 6 or 7.
After surgery your face will be swollen in the first 24 hrs which may increase over next 2 to 3 days. You may have pain over the nose or a slight headache. Pain killer medication and cold fomentation helps in controlling these symptoms. A little bleeding is common during the first few days following surgery, and you may continue to feel some nasal blockage and discomfort for several weeks.
Getting Back to Work
Most rhinoplasty patients are up and about within two days, and able to return to college or sedentary work a week or so following surgery. Hard or strenuous work should be avoided for a few weeks.
When will you see results
In the days following surgery when your face is a little swollen many patients feel depressed for a while after Rhinoplasty - it's quite normal and understandable. But rest assured that this stage will pass. Within a week or two, you'll no longer look as if you've just had surgery. In general you start noticing the improvement in 2 to 3 weeks which keeps on improving as the days pass and the fine tissue swelling subside.
We have included before and after pictures in a variety of nasal deformities.These pictures will help you to understand the type of improvement you can expect. All these operations have been performed by Dr. Baser