Rhinoplasty (Nose reconstructive surgery) is a surgical procedure to change the external appearance of the nose, improve specific characteristics that stand out, and is aimed at finding harmony with other facial traits.
Rhinoplasty may also rectify genetically inherited issues, accidental damages and some breathing problems.
As well as changing the external appearance of the nose, in a rhinoplasty operation, typical steps include rasping down the bony hump, shaving the cartilaginous hump, sculpting the tip cartilage, and making cuts in the bones and pushing them inward. Various steps in rhinoplasty operation may be performed to improve the breathing, such as operating on the septum between the nostrils or the turbinates (the air baffles of the nose).
How is the operation performed?
Rhinoplasty operations are performed under general aneasthesia and takes approximately 1-2 hours. Cuts can be made from inside or outside of the nose. Some noses require removal of fat from the tip, and some require removal of skin from the nostrils. Local aneasthesia may be used only when sculpting the tip cartilage. During rhinoplasty operations, bone structure and cartliges can be corrected. Rhinoplasty operations may also be performed to improve breathing problems.
Some operations may require tissue addition. This addition may be performed with one and/or two operations.
How long does the treatment last?
Patients can be discharged from the hospital on the same day or the next day after the operation. Minimal stiching will be applied and a protective mold is placed on the nose, unless the pain is intolerable.
After concluding the operation, ice treatment is performed and patients will be able to eat and drink within 3-4 hours. Bruising and swelling may be experienced after the operation however, will start to decrease within 3 days. The new nose structure will start to show a month after the surgery and will completely settle within 6 months to 1 year.