Am I a good candidate?
While the shape of your nose is usually the result of heredity, the appearance may have been altered in an injury or during prior surgery. Also known as rhinoplasty, surgery of the nose improves the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhancing facial harmony and self confidence. Surgery of the nose may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.
What is the surgery?
Rhinoplasty can change the nasal size, in relation to the other facial structures, nasal width, profile, tip, decrease the nostrils and help correct nasal asymmetry and deviation. The end result should be a nose that fits your face not a nose that is stylized or overly corrected.
Rhinoplasty is performed either using a closed procedure or more commonly the open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.
The reshaping of the nose may reduce or augment nasal structures. Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, the incisions are closed. Splints are applied held in place by tape.
General anesthesia is given. This outpatient surgery lasts about 1 hour.
What does it not do?
It cannot take your nose and mold and shape it into some idealized nose of a model or other person, creating a brand new nose on your face. Consider rhinoplasty an operation which gives your nose a smaller, more delicate shape. It is a more refined version of the old nose and it is a shape which blends naturally with the rest of one’s facial features. An obvious rhinoplasty is usually an overdone rhinoplasty.
What can I expect afterwards?
One would need a caregiver for a minimum of 24 hours following the surgery. Time off from work and/or school is 7-10 days. The nasal splint is removed in 5 days. Full exercise can not resume for 6 weeks.
While initial swelling subsides within the first few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine.
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