Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery performed to improve the proportions of the nose and the overall harmony of the face. It is also done to correct breathing difficulties that are caused due to malformations of the nose.
During rhinoplasty, many changes can take place for the internal and external nasal structure. These can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Changing of the size of the nose
- Alteration of the angle of the nose
- Realignment of the nasal bridge
- Alteration of the nasal tip
- Shrinking of enlarged nostrils
You are an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty if:
- You do not smoke (or will be able to quit before your surgery)
- You are healthy
- You desire better functionality for your nose
- You desire a better appearance for your nose
- Your facial structure has developed
- Your expectations regarding results are realistic
Those interested in rhinoplasty surgery will need to first set up a consultation. During this consultation, your plastic surgeon will ask you about your medical history and any medications you are currently taking.
The surgeon will examine your nose in great detail to determine the precise changes to be made. Blood tests and lab tests may be requested by your surgeon. The nose will be photographed at different angles; these photographs are used during the surgery and to compare the results of the surgery after its completion.
Painkillers like as aspirin and ibuprofen increase risk of bleeding and should be avoided two weeks before and two weeks after your rhinoplasty. If you are a smoker, quit smoking before and after the surgery, since nicotine can cause a need for an extended healing process.
Rhinoplasty involves the following steps:
Before the start of the surgery, anesthesia will be administered to the patient in order to ensure that there is no pain or discomfort during surgery.
Rhinoplasty surgery is either an open or closed procedure. If open, incisions are made on the columella (underside of the nose). The skin housing the cartilage and nasal bones can be lifted, allowing the nose to be reshaped. If it’s a closed incision, the incisions are hidden inside the nostrils and the skin of the nose is not lifted.
Adjustments are made to the nasal architecture. If the size of an area of the nose has to be reduced, tissue is removed. If the size of an area of the nose has to be increased, an autologous tissue graft (tissue from the patient) may be used to bolster the area.
- Closing the Incisions
After the nasal adjustments are complete, the tissues and nasal skin are redraped. The incisions are closed with medical sutures.
What to Know for Your Healing Process
After completion of the surgery, a plastic/metallic splint may be placed on your nose to help retain its new shape. Bandages and splints on the nose need to be in place for a week before they can be removed.
As part of your consultation, your doctor will discuss the rhinoplasty healing process with you. He will give instructions on the best ways to take care of your nose and will prescribe medications to aid healing and reduce the chances of infection. Follow-up appointments will be arranged to ensure that your healing is going well.
You will notice a degree of bruising and swelling in the surgical area after your procedure. These will reduce over time. During recovery, your head should always be elevated above your chest, as this will help to keep the swelling to a minimum. Over the course of the year, you will notice changes in the nasal features as the nose settles into its new shape.
Speak with Dr. Minton to Learn More
Dr. Minton is a respected double-board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with years of rhinoplasty experience. For a nose you can be proud of, there’s no better choice. Contact our office today to arrange your consultation.