Our nose is one of the most prominent features on our face. There are plenty of people who are completely dissatisfied with the way their nose is shaped and may even have a habit of obsessing over it. At times, we find ourselves in front of the mirror pulling at our nose, tilting the tip of our nose this way and that, trying to imagine what we would have looked like if the shape of our nose were different.
Today, there are cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty that can address your aesthetic concerns. Rhinoplasty surgery is all that it takes to get the shapely nose that you desire.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure used to reshape the nose. According to your preferences, you can make your nose longer or smaller and even change the angle of your nose in relation to your upper lip. Rhinoplasty is not only used for enhancing beauty but is also used in cases where the septum of the nose needs to be corrected in order to make breathing easier. An irregularly shaped septum can block the air passages in the nose, leading to breathing irregularities.
It is important that you get the procedure done only under the direction of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will need to know your medical history in order to eliminate any risks during the procedure. He will also discuss with you what you want from the surgery and the techniques that will be implemented during the surgery.
You may be administered with general or local anesthesia at the start of the procedure. During the procedure, incisions are made inside the nose or along the base of the nose, depending on whether you’re getting a closed or open rhinoplasty.
Once the incisions have been created, the surgeon then proceeds to reshape the bone, cartilage, and/or soft tissue in order to suit your preferences. In some cases, the changes might be subtle, and in others, they may be more visible.
Recovery and Aftercare
You are likely to experience some mild aches and pains in the time after your rhinoplasty procedure, which is quite normal after such a surgery. It is advisable to take painkillers as needed; these will prescribed by your doctor.
Refrain from activities that require physical exertion, and stay away from activities that might impact your nose. Recovery time varies from patient to patient and can take anywhere between a week to three months depending on the intensity of your surgery. The doctor may have placed a splint on your nose to make sure it remains in position as it heals. The splint will be removed on your first follow-up visit after the surgery.
Results may take up to one year to be fully visible, as swelling can require around this long to fully ameliorate. The results are permanent and rarely require any follow-up procedures.
Schedule Your Informative Appointment
Dr. Lawrence Glassman, an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon with numerous satisfied patients, will be available to tell you more about rhinoplasty surgery during a consultation. If you would like to arrange a consultation, contact us today and set up your appointment.