Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure carried out to change the shape of a person’s nose. A person having the procedure carried out may do so to either increase or reduce the size of their nose. The procedure may also be carried out in order to enhance a person's looks, correct a deformity or to clear breathing problems caused by a structural alignment of the nose.
The Rhinoplasty operation is not considered a major surgical procedure and is normally carried out in out-patient facilities such as the surgeon's clinic or a hospital. However, in more elaborate operations, the patient is required to spend the night in hospital for observation.
Some of the common reasons for Rhinoplasty
The operation is usually carried out for a number of reasons. They include:
- Altering the size of the nose to improve facial balance
- Correct nostrils that are too large, are upturned or are too wide
- Correct a nasal tip that is drooping, upturned or bulbous
- Create nasal asymmetry
- Change the nose width at the bridge or the position of the nostrils
- Alter the angle between the nose and the upper lip
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
The process involves the surgeon making some incisions on the nose in order to access the cartilage that supports the nose as well as the bones. The surgeons prefer to make the incisions on the inside of the nose to ensure that they are invisible after the operation. Based on the reason for the operation, the surgeon may remove or add some tissue. The surgeon may also alter or reshape some of the bones in the area. After the process is done, the doctor adds a splint on the outside to keep the new shape in place as the nose heals.
Like any other surgical procedure, a patient should be aware that it has some risks that include excessive bleeding, bruising or an infection. In addition, one should be aware that it also comes with risks of anaesthesia such as breathing problems or problems with medications.
Benefits of the Rhinoplasty Operation
Foster a good feeling - One of the most compelling reasons that drive a person to undergo the rhinoplasty surgery is to look good. When a patient takes the surgery to correct a nasal deformity that affects their self-esteem, the result is that they will feel much better after a successful surgical process. Only when one feels good about themselves do others take note and treat them differently. The confidence gained as a result of the operation will improve the social and professional prospects of the person.
Better sleep - For a person who may have had sleep problems as a result of breathing problems, a successful surgery will change their sleeping habits. They will be able to sleep much better as a result of the opening up of airways by the procedure. There are many people out there suffering from breathing problems that can be eliminated by simply undergoing the operation. Once their air channels are open, they will live a better quality of life.
Types of Rhinoplasty
There are two main types of the procedure. They are closed Rhinoplasty and open Rhinoplasty. During the closed procedure, the incisions are made on the inside of the nostrils and they are not visible afterwards. On the other hand, the open surgical procedure involves an incision being made between the nostrils of the patient. This type of surgery allows the surgeon more leeway in carrying out the operation. However, it sometimes causes swelling and takes longer to heal.
There is another type of operation done for purely revision purposes. In case a patient has had an operation done and they are not satisfied with the results, the may contract another surgeon to undertake a revision operation.
Immediately after the rhinoplasty operation, the patient is a bit drowsy. It is therefore a good idea to have a relative or friend to pick them up from hospital. The patient should also have adequate rest for a number of days. It is not unusual to experience some bleeding at least for the first few days.
With time, the nose will heal although the use of cold compresses around the nose should help with the swelling. As long as one avoids bending and any sudden movements, they will be fine. Patients can return to their normal routine after a week or so but they should keep physical activity to a minimum.