Is A Rhinoplasty Right For You?

June 18, 2019

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a medical practice that is done to improve the appearance of the nose and enhance its functioning. It is the third most performed surgical procedure in the United States as reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Rhinoplasty can reduce, increase or reshape the nose depending on the patient’s needs. Among the cosmetic procedures involved in rhinoplasty include bump removal, modification of the bridge, resizing of the nostrils, injury repair and opening of the breathing passages among others. In other cases, it can be performed to correct a diverged septum.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty comes with its own bunch of benefits. Some of the advantages that you can enjoy from undergoing the procedure include:

Aesthetic Benefits

Rhinoplasty helps to improve the evenness of the nose and make it perfectly match with the symmetry of other facial features. In fact, this is the primary reason why people go for rhinoplasty. With this procedure, crooked noses are straightened and oversized nostrils slimmed. Having a proportionate nose is a big benefit to many, especially if one wants to improve their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Health Benefits

Believe it or not, having a rhinoplasty may be beneficial to your health. If you're experiencing difficulties in breathing, then this procedure can help correct the problem. It is often prescribed for people battling chronic sinusitis. Breathing problems normally develop over a long time and are very prevalent when you age. Sometimes it might be due to birth defects, or it can come as a result of weight gain. Fat deposits may form in your breathing system causing obstruction. This often leads to breathing conditions such as snoring and sleep apnea. If you snore more, then rhinoplasty can help remedy the issue.

Is A Rhinoplasty Suitable for You?

There are several conditions that are considered to determine whether the procedure is right for you. These include:

  • If you experience breathing problems. An obstruction in the nose can lead to difficulties when exercising, sleeping, and doing other activities.
  • In case other medical procedures like nasal sprays and sleep apnea treatments fail, then you might need to consider rhinoplasty.
  • If the septum dividing the left and right side of your nose deviates, then rhinoplasty can help fix the problem. A deviated septum can be very severe if it occurs near the nasal support sections. The rhinoplasty procedure used to treat a deviated septum is called septorhinoplasty. In this procedure, key breathing sections are strengthened by placing cartilage grafts.

How Rhinoplasty Works

A nose job is done under either general anesthesia or IV sedation. During the procedure, a small surgical incision is made inside the nostrils. The rhinoplasty surgeon cuts the cartilage and bone then modifies it till the desired shape is attained. The good thing is that the incisions made are invisible from the outside. In the case of breathing problems, the bone and cartilage are also adjusted carefully to improve the nasal passageways.

The surgeon can use cotton pads to support the nose and maintain its shape. The pads also aid to promote proper breathing and reduce bleeding. The cotton pads are removed after a couple of days while the plastic splint is left for a week. The final step is the removal of the splint and this is done after the nose has healed. At this time, you will be ready to resume your normal activities.

The Recovery Process

Swelling and bruises are very common during the first few days after the surgery. Although bumps can reduce gradually from the third day, cosmetic concealers or small casts may be used to reduce swelling of the nose. You might also experience difficulties in breathing because of the splints used. These plastic sheets are used to uncurl the septum. While others may experience discolorations under the eyes, it is not very common.

During the recovery process, you are required not to engage in any contact sport or strenuous activity that may hurt your nose. It can take up to two weeks for you to recover. Full healing can take months or even a year depending on your condition.

The size, shape, and position of the nose can either impact your self-image positively or negatively. Rhinoplasties can help manipulate the nose's symmetry and balance it with other facial features. Before considering undergoing the procedure, it is advisable to first determine whether you qualify to be the right candidate. The entire procedure is done at the surgeon’s office and can take up to 2 weeks for you to recover. It is very effective when it comes to correcting nose-related malfunctions.

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