Being one of the most preferred operations worldwide, nose operations, commonly known as Rhinoplasty, is a surgical operation done for reconstructing and altering the shape of the nose.
Although having a proportional nose is needed for patients’ confidence, the motivation for them to demand this operation is not just to have a natural aesthetic shape. Rhinoplasty performed for repairing; deformities, cracks, fractures, nasal curvatures after an injury, correcting birth defects, eliminating breathing problems while improving the nose appearance.
How do you decide the best method for you?
Rhinoplasty can be performed in two different methods, open and closed. During the close rhinoplasty procedure, the incisions and modifications performed hidden inside the patient’s nostrils. Open rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is frequently applied to cartilages and asymmetrical disorders and usually leaves a slight scar. Although both operations are different, one is not superior to the other. Rhinoplasty can change the bone, cartilage and skin of the structure. To choose the best option, you should be consulting with your surgeon about the critical factors to determine which method works best for you. Letting the surgeon know about your complaints and requests, giving the history of your health and setting realistic expectations when in the examination can determine the surgeon’s plans for the operation.
How the procedure goes?
Rhinoplasty operation is determined according to the patient’s anatomy and does not have any sequential stages. However, it usually takes 1.5 – 2 hours under general anesthesia. Depending on the method, the incisions are made inside the nose or between the nostrils just below the nose. The bone and cartilage under the skin are adjusted by the plastic surgeon to the wished results. The shape can be changed in various ways by the surgeon, depending on how much tissue is removed or added. After the surgery, you’ll be in the room, where the medical staff monitors your health. You might leave after a night of stay or, if you have other health issues, you might stay one more night.
How is the post-operation process?
Post-rhinoplasty surgery is almost as crucial as the surgery stage. Therefore, the priority of the patient should be patient and carefully protecting the nose area until the nose heals.
After the surgery, you need to rest in bed with your head raised higher than your torso, to reduce bleeding and swelling. Your nose may be congested because of swelling or from the splints placed inside your nose during surgery.
In most cases, the internal dressings remain in place for one to seven days after surgery. Your doctor also tapes a splint to your nose for protection and support. It’s usually in place for about one week.
After the operation, easily breathable silicone pads stay for 3 days. 7th day, the plasters are removed. Generally, swelling may occur after removing silicone pads and plasters on the face and nose, and these swellings disappear within a month after the operation. As for medication pain killers, antibiotics and nose cleaning ointment is used post-operation. Edema disappears within six months and complete recovery observed after a year.
Is it painful?
Not for most people. One day after surgery, the pain is cut in half for the patients.
How long will I be bruised?
Bruising is uncommon. If you do have some minor bruising, it usually lasts a week or so.