The Basics of Rhinoplasty

The procedure to change the shape of nose is known as Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping. This surgical procedure is performed as a treatment for medical conditions like restricted breathing, but there are many people in the world who choose this surgery for cosmetic reasons. If you are not satisfied with the appearance, shape or size of your nose you must consult a cosmetic surgeon if you are considering undergoing rhinoplasty.

The Procedure

Surgeons usually perform rhinoplasty via two techniques: open or closed incision. In an open rhinoplasty your plastic surgeon will create an incision in the structure right between the nostrils, also known as the columella. On the other hand, in a closed rhinoplasty procedure incisions are made inside the nose of the patient. Depending upon the wish of the patient, bone and cartilage are taken away in order to reshape the nose or it may be rebuilt by using tissue or filler. After this reshaping, the surgeon will put the skin back on the nose. Your nose will be supported for healing with a splint. Sometimes doctors use nasal packing in the nasal passages as well.

Your medical consultant will recommend a particular technique of rhinoplasty as per your aesthetic preference. They will consider the anatomy of your body, your personal medical history and your cosmetic aspirations. You can consult Dr. Dodde for able advice regarding rhinoplasty.

Recovery Phase

After the surgery the skin around your eye and nose area will swell and bruise. This condition can stretch up to two weeks and the doctor will recommend pain killers and use of cold compress for alleviation of discomfort. General advice from the doctor will be to keep your head elevated for a few days after rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will remove nasal packings in about a week’s time and bandages and splints will be removed in 10 days or so. During this time you are advised to rest as this will improve your rate of recovery.

Expected Complications

After your surgery you will have to be careful as some patients may experience infection, bleeding, nasal blockage, skin breakdown or negative reaction to anesthesia. Make sure that you stay in touch with your doctor after your surgery and strictly follow his instructions.

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