Enhancing Facial Harmony
Rhinoplasty or nose surgery, improves the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhancing facial harmony and self confidence. Surgery of the nose may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.
Is it right for you?
Nose cosmetic surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.
Surgery of the nose is performed under general anesthetic. The surgeon may either use a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.
Through these incisions, the soft tissues that cover the nose are gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.
Surgery of the nose can reduce or augment nasal structures with the use of cartilage grafted from other areas of your body – our surgeon prefers to use cartilage harvested from the rib.
If the septum is deviated, it is now straightened and the projections inside the nose are reduced to improve breathing.
Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, nasal skin and tissue is re-draped and incisions are closed. Additional incisions may be placed in the natural creases of the nostrils to alter their size.
- Immediately post-op you are required to restrict your activities and sleep with your head elevated. This will help to minimize swelling and reduce the possibility of minor bleeding, which is not uncommon.
- Bruising – around the eyes and cheeks is generally most apparent during the first three days following surgery. Discoloration – most will disappear within a week.
- Swelling – noticeable swelling may last for several weeks; minor residual swelling, most frequently affecting the nasal tip, may continue for many months, but generally this should not be apparent to others.
- Packing – if packing was used, it will either dissolve by itself or be removed 5 – 7 days after surgery. Stitches – may be removed 3 – 7 days after surgery. You may need to continue wearing the nasal splint for up to a week, during which time you should avoid getting it wet.
It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to a year – and sometimes longer – for the outcome of the surgery to fully refine after rhinoplasty surgery.
Although the results of nose surgery are usually permanent, cartilage may continue to reshape and move tissue that may change the outcome over time.
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