Rhinoplasty entails surgically changing the shape or size of a nose.
People resort to rhinoplasty for the following reasons:
A strong insecurity complex that the patient has about his or her nose.
The desire to fix a nose curve.
Too broad of a nose.
A sagging nose tip.
A large or thick nose tip.
Very broad nostrils.
A shifted or damaged nose due to injury.
An important component for the success of the operation is the patient’s distinct expectations and the patient exactly following the doctor’s recommendations.
Rhinoplasty is only performed for adult patients. At a younger age, the nose tissues have still not fully formed. Before the age of 18, rhinoplasty is performed only in exclusive cases: a bad injury, a difficult insecurity complex, etc. Beforehand, a minor must consult a doctor and psychologist in order for them to be assured that the desire to change the minor’s appearance is based on the adolescent’s worries himself or herself, not due to pressure from friends, family, or a romantic partner.
Plastic Surgeon Consultation
At the first consultation, the patient must already have distinctly determined what he or she would like to change about his or her appearance. Before the rhinoplasty, computer modeling is obligatorily performed so that the patient sees what the end results of the operation will be.
Before the operation, the patient must provide his or her medical card to the doctor with a history of his or her diseases, information on past operations, information on prescribed medications, and information on allergies to medical substances. Also, additional examinations are conducted that provide a basis to evaluate tissue width, the quality of the skin layer, and other features.
Before the operation, the patient consults not only a plastic surgeon, but also an ORT specialist. If it’s necessary to fix a curved nose bridge, the surgeon and ORT specialist will conduct the operation together.
Sometimes, rhinoplasty is combined with a face lift or other rejuvenation procedures.
How the Operations Are Done
Rhinoplasty is performed in 2 different ways:
Open: with a slit at the outside the nose bridge.
Closed: with a slit inside the nose cavity.
In most cases, closed rhinoplasty is used. If the base of the nose needs to be fixed, the slit is hidden in the natural line where the nose touches the cheek. In any case, scars following the operation won’t be noticeable to observers.
Risks and Complications
There are no serious complications that occur after rhinoplasty. Each year, hundreds of people change the shape of their noses and end up happy with the results.
However, the surgeon is obligated to warn the patient of potential complications:
Blood boiling (blood accumulation under the skin).
Allergic reactions to the preparations used in narcosis.
A temporary change in the skin’s sensitivity.
Lack of satisfaction with the results and the necessity for another operation.
All risks and complications are discussed with the surgeon before the operation. If the patient strictly followings the doctor’s directions, the risks noticeably reduce.
Right after the operation, the patient will be required to keep foam plugs in the nasal cavities. They need to remain there for 2-3 days. Also, a special, attached contraption is placed onto the nose. This must be worn for 7 days. The end result can be seen as soon as 3 months out.
The rhinoplasty results are preserved for life. Changes may occur as a result of the natural aging process.