The nose is one of the most prominent features of the face and if you are unhappy with the shape or size of your nose it can have a negative effect on your self-esteem. You might feel that your nose does not complement the shape of your face, and a slight alteration would be able to address the issue. In some cases, individuals could have trouble breathing through the nose because of a deformity or injury. Rhinoplasty surgery (Nose Job) seeks to address these issues as it is able to change the size and shape of the nose, whether the purpose is cosmetic or reconstructive.
Rhinoplasty Procedure (Nose Job)
Before the day of your surgery, you will need to have a number of consultations with your surgeon. During these sessions, your surgeon will enquire about your expected results and establish precisely what you wish to change. Your surgeon will take into account the shape of your face and consider your facial features, which they will then use to make recommendations. Your surgeon will make it clear to you if they feel that your expectations are unrealistic. Similarly, they will tell you if they think that your desired shape or size would not match the rest of your face.
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and patients are either sedated or administered general anaesthesia, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation. The procedure can be performed in two ways: open surgery or closed surgery. If the incisions are made inside the nostril it is considered a closed procedure, with the incision being somewhat hidden. When an incision is made across the tissue that separates the nostrils it is considered an open procedure as the incisions are more visible.
After the incision is made, a surgeon is able to access the nasal bones and cartilage of the nose. Depending on the desired results, your surgeon will either add or remove bone and cartilage to increase or reduce the size of the nose. Cartilage from the septum and ear can be used to alter the shape and size of the nose. If a patient has trouble breathing, as is the case with a deviated septum, a surgeon will correct the septum or remove tissue fragments to improve breathing.
Recovery After Rhinoplasty Surgery (Nose Job)
As with any surgery, patients should refrain from strenuous activity for a period of time. You should also avoid putting pressure on the surgery site, for example by blowing the nose or by pulling tight clothing over the nose. There will be a fair amount of swelling, of which the majority should subside within a few weeks. Patients should not use ice packs to reduce swelling as this could lead to complications.
Contact Centurion Day Hospital if you have any questions regarding rhinoplasty surgery (Nose Job) or if you wish to book a consultation with one of our qualified surgeons. Feel free to browse our website for more information on all of the procedures performed at our hospital.