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Nose Job Basics: What You Need To Know About Rhinoplasty

Do you want to get you nose done to change its shape or improve its function? If you really do, here are the most important things you should know about rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty is commonly known as a nose job or nose shaping. It is a plastic surgery procedure for correcting and reconstructing the form and restoring the functions. This nose job aesthetically enhances the organ by resolving nasal trauma (blunt, penetrating, blast), congenital defect, respiratory impediment, or a failed primary rhinoplasty.

Why Nose Job Is Done

Rhinoplasty can change the size, shape, and angle of your nose and bring it into better proportion with the rest of your face. It may also correct structural problems with the nose that cause chronic congestion and breathing problems.

Most patients ask to remove a bump, narrow nostril width, change the angle between the nose and the mouth, as well as correct injuries, birth defects, or other problems that affect breathing, such as deviated nasal septum or a sinus condition. It can be done for medical reasons such as to correct breathing problems related to the nose or correct disfigurement resulting from trauma or birth defects.

If you desire a more symmetrical nose, keep in mind that everyone’s face is asymmetric to some degree. Results may not be completely symmetric, although the goal is to create facial balance and correct proportion.

How This Works

In the surgeries either closed rhinoplasty or open rhinoplasty, the following qualified and competent specialists take charge of the procedure:

  • an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist)
  • a maxillofacial surgeon (jaw, face, and neck specialist)
  • a plastic surgeon

This pool of experts creates a functional, aesthetic, and facially proportionate nose. They do it by separating the nasal skin and the soft tissues from the osseocartilaginous nasal framework, correcting them as required for form and function. Then, they suture the incisions using tissue glue and applying either a package or a stent, or both. Primarily, they do it to immobilize the corrected nose to ensure the proper healing of the surgical incision.

A nose job is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight stay. You’ll get general or local anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you’ll sleep through the operation. With local anesthesia, you will be sedated and your nose will be numbed so you are relaxed and unable to feel the pain.

During an operation, the surgeon makes cuts within the nostrils. In more difficult cases, the surgeon may also make cuts across the base of the nose. The surgeon then reshapes the inner bone and cartilage to produce a more pleasing appearance.

Nose Job Recovery

After a nose job, people usually wear a nasal splint for the first week. You can expect swelling and some bruising around the eyes after surgery that will begin to improve after the third day. It can, though, last up to two weeks.

Expect your nose to have a little swelling, which probably only you and your surgeon will notice. This will go away over the next six months. The final shape of your nose will be apparent after it has completely healed.

You should avoid strenuous activity for three to six weeks after surgery. You may return to your social activities as soon as within two to three weeks without any recognizable signs that you had a procedure done.

Possible Risks

Other problems that may occur include:

  • Bleeding.
  • Injury or holes in your septum (the wall that separates your nostrils).
  • Skin problems, including a breakdown of skin tissue (skin necrosis) and irritation from the tape and bandaging.
  • Infection. Preventive antibiotics may be given after surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
  • The serious nasal blockage caused by swelling of the nose.
  • Complications of anesthesia.

It is also possible that the cosmetic results of the surgery will not be what you wanted.

How much does it cost?

The price of a nose job depends on several factors, but doctors say you pay for the experience.

“Rhinoplasty is one of the most complicated operations in the field of cosmetic surgery,” says Dr. William Portuese, a Seattle facial plastic surgeon. “The experience of the surgeon will usually determine how good the outcome will be. It is in a patient’s best interest to find a surgeon who has performed thousands of rhinoplasties.”

The level of experience, however, impacts price.

Watch this video animation to get an idea how rhinoplasty works:

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