Rhinoplasty, commonly known as ‘nose job’, is a cosmetic surgery procedure for the nose to improve its function or shape. It can be considered for medical reasons, to correct breathing problems, or for cosmetic results, such as changing the shape and appearance. If you are considering rhinoplasty, it is best to have a one-on-one session with your surgeon to understand the expectations, results, costs, risks and other factors.
Learning the basics
Does rhinoplasty improve nasal breathing? Yes, as mentioned above, rhinoplasty is often a necessity for some people, especially those who are born with nose defects. Your surgeon will take a look at the entire nasal passage and bone structure to understand the need for the procedure. Many people also choose to get a nose surgery to improve their facial appearance. When done right, rhinoplasty can enhance the face to a great extent.
What is involved in rhinoplasty surgery?
Before anything else, your doctor will help you in understanding the expected results. He will also discuss the costs, risks and recovery time. Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, meaning that there will be no need for overnight stay. It is done under local or general anesthesia, where the surgeon will make cuts in the nostrils or across the base of the nose, depending on the surgery objectives. The cosmetic surgeon will then reshape the cartilage & inner bone to the extent required. For the first ten days, the patient may need to wear a nasal splint. There are no major side effects of the procedure, although there might be slight bruising around the eyes. You may also see some swelling, which will start to reduce after the first few days.
Patients are usually advised to avoid unwanted stress and physical activities for the following three weeks. There are no visible signs of the procedure, and one can return to normal life within a week. In fact, it is possible to tell any signs of the surgery after six weeks.
Points to note
Many clinics offer detailed information on rhinoplasty for free. If you are considering the option, you can find information on Twitter, social media and other sites. Keep in mind that there’s nothing called the ‘perfect nose’. Surgery can help in enhancing your features, but don’t expect to see drastic changes. It is also wise to choose a reliable clinic that specializes in cosmetic surgery, and don’t miss on checking the credentials of the surgeon.