If you think your nose is otherwise shaped or is too large for your face, rhinoplasty can help you achieve a more aesthetically pleasing and proportioned nose by changing its size, external shape or position.
An overly large or incorrectly positioned nose can ruin your facial appearance and make you feel extremely embarrassed and self-conscious in public gatherings. Rhinoplasty can give you self confidence and incredible boost by correcting functional and aesthetic nasal deformities.
More and more people who want to bring their nose in proportion with the rest of the face now increasingly opting for rhinoplasty. The ASPS statistics show that more than 244,000 nose surgeries were performed in the United States in 2011.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as nose reshaping or a nose-job, is a plastic surgery procedure that modifies the shape and size of the nose. It is an outpatient plastic surgery operation that typically lasts one to two hours, but sometimes requires an overnight stay in the hospital. However, the recovery from the nose surgery may take a couple of weeks. People often combine the nose job with eyelid surgery, face lift or chin augmentation to enhance their overall facial appearance.
What Rhinoplasty Can Do?
It can correct structural abnormality caused by birth defect or common deformities of the nose which occurs from trauma such as a broken nose.
As a reconstructive procedure, rhinoplasty can correct such nasal deformities as saddle nose deformity where the nose loses height of its bridge; collapse of the sidewalls of the nose; loss of tip projection; pinching tip of nose; and inappropriate angle of the nose relative to the upper lip.
How the Procedure is Performed?
The surgery is usually done through an incision made inside the nostrils. In more complicated cases, a small incision is made across the columella, which gives a plastic surgeon easier access to the supporting framework of bone and cartilage.
During operation the skin of the nose is separated from bones and cartilage that support the nose. The nasal framework is then sculpted to the desired shape using advanced technique, and then the separated skin is re-draped over the newly sculpted framework, giving you a beautifully shaped and well-proportioned nose.
Who Can Benefit from Rhinoplasty?
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who want to change the nose's shape and appearance for cosmetic reasons or correct nasal disfigurement resulting from injury or birth defects. People who are in profession like modeling and acting, or those who remain always in the public eye can benefit from this surgery. However, you will be considered as a good rhinoplasty candidate only if you are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and your expectations are realistic.
Immediately after surgery, you can always expect temporary swelling, bruising around the eyes and nose and a dull headache. Other problems that may occur in rare cases include bleeding, injury or holes to your septum (septal perforation), unfavorable scarring, asymmetry, infection, or a reaction to the anesthesia. In some cases, consequences may not be as desired.
Rarely, say in about one case out of ten, a second procedure may be needed to fix a minor deformity.
Recovery after Rhinoplasty
The recovery after rhinoplasty varies from person to person, with most patients returning to work engaging in everyday life after about one week. After the surgery, a patient is needed to sport a nasal bandage called a splint which usually comes off between 10-12 days. It is important to avoid strenuous exercise or activity in first couple of months after the surgery. Engaging in any contact sports should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. Little discomfort is quite normal and understandable after nasal surgery, which can be eased with oral medication after the surgery.