The nose is the most prominent and attractive feature of a person’s face. It’s central location on the face defines our facial profile in all angles and hence draws a lot more attention to itself when it is disproportionate or crooked. Our natural nose shape is determined by our ethnicity and family genes. Injury or scarring can alter the shape of the nose.
Types of Nose Correction Surgeries
Cosmetic nose reshaping is also known as Rhinoplasty. This surgery can reduce or increase the size of the nose, narrow the span of the nostrils, change the angle between the nose and upper lip, change the tip or bridge of the nose. Some breathing problems due to nasal obstruction can be corrected when combined with septoplasty.
Rhinoplasty involves the resculpting of the bone and cartilage. When operating on the nose, the surgeon can either work on the internal part of nose while making an incision internally. This is termed as closed Rhinoplasty.
While operating externally by making a small incision across the columella is characterized as Open Rhinoplasty.
Indications for Rhinoplasty
Several types of deformities can be corrected . Few common problems include
1. Crooked nose deformity
2. Depressed bridge
3. Hump Nose
4. Nasal Tip problems- bulbous tip, polybeak tip , droopy tip
5. Enhance the nose shape
About the Procedure
The surgery is performed by the cosmetic surgeon in the operation theatre. It is performed as a Day care procedure, wherein the patient is sent home the same day or as inpatient with admission for one night usually. The selection of patient , choosing the approach for surgery is best left to Surgeons discretion. Detailed consultation on what are the options and what to expect as outcome of surgery is discussed before hand.
It must be noted that skin type, skin thickness and healing process which greatly affect the final result of the surgery varies from person to person.
Anesthetic options may include:
Average length of procedure:
Takes around two hours
It is usually recommended to 3 days of recovery period and return to sedentary work in a week or so after surgery.
Surgeon will explain the details for resuming normal activities.
Few possible short-term side effects of surgery:
- A splint may be applied to nose to help maintain the new shape.
- Nasal packs may be placed inside the nostrils to stabilize the septum.
- The nose may pain
- May have a dull headache,
- Swelling and/or bruising around the eyes which will disappear in a week or so
- A small amount of bleeding is normal in the first few days.
- Healing is a slow and gradual process. Some swelling may be present for months, especially in the tip of the nose. Final results of nasal surgery may not be apparent for a year or more.
- When a traditional open surgical technique is used, or surgery is performed to narrow flared nostrils, small scars will be located on the base of the nose. The scars usually are not noticeable. Scarring is not visible when rhinoplasty is performed from inside the nose.
Rhinoplasty Post operative Instructions:
The nose is protected with an external nasal splint which should be left in place for a week to aid in healing and mould the nose shape. Both nostrils are packed with nasal packs to give support and pressure to reduce bleeding . They are removed on the next day after surgery. The splints might cause temporary discomfort and require you to brath through the mouth .
You will be prescribed pain medication after nasal surgery. Take as you need for pain control.
It is normal to experience small bleeding for a couple of days after surgery. You may dab your nose gently with tissue, but do not blow your nose.
Nasal saline two sprays each nostril four to five times a day for two weeks. Nasal saline washes away all crusts and dried blood to keep the nose clean during the healing process, and accelerates healing by maintaining a moist environment in the nose.
You may use nasal topical decongestants two sprays each nostril twice daily for three days and then as needed to control small bleedings, for a maximum period of time of one or two days. The decongestant decreases the amount of swelling in the nose and can keep the nasal passages open during the healing phase.
Normal activities can be resumed the day after surgery if you have undergone only rhinoplasty. Avoid strenuous activity like exercise for a week to avoid risk of bleeding. Notify your doctor if bleeding occurs.
Possible complications associated with nasal surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Anesthesia problems
If you are looking for a quality Rhinoplasty surgery, then don’t hesitate to consult with the specialised cosmetic surgeons at Medical Park Chennai. You can also drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your queries.