Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance and function of the nose. The history of rhinoplasty dates back to ancient civilizations, where it was used to repair injuries and deformities of the nose. Today, rhinoplasty is a standard and safe procedure that plastic surgeons worldwide perform.
Nose surgery involves reshaping the nose to improve its appearance and symmetry. Nose surgery can be done by reducing or increasing the size of the nose, changing the shape of the tip or bridge, narrowing the nostrils, or improving the angle between the nose and the upper lip. Also, rhinoplasty improves breathing problems or other functional issues of the nose.
Types of Rhinoplasty offered by Dr. Rakesh Tawar in Dehradun
There are several different approaches to nose surgery, and the right approach for you will depend on your individual needs and goals.
Here are a few common approaches to nose surgery:
In this approach, an incision is made across the columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils) to access the underlying nasal structures. This allows the surgeon to have a clear view of the nasal anatomy and to make precise changes to the shape and size of the nose. Open rhinoplasty is often used for more complex procedures, such as those that involve significant changes to the nasal tip or the nasal bones.
In this approach, the incisions are made inside the nostrils, and the nasal structures are accessed through these incisions. The advantage of closed rhinoplasty is that it leaves no visible scars on the outside of the nose. It is often used for less complex procedures, such as those that involve minor changes to the nasal tip or the nasal bones.
This is a type of nose surgery that is used to correct the results of previous nose surgery. Revision rhinoplasty is often more complex than primary rhinoplasty, and it requires a high level of skill and experience to achieve successful outcomes.
This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses injectable fillers to improve the appearance of the nose. Non-surgical rhinoplasty can be used to add volume, smooth out bumps or indentations, and change the shape of the nose without the need for surgery. It is a good option for people who want to make minor changes to the shape of their nose without undergoing a surgical procedure.
Dr. Rakesh will discuss the different approaches to nose surgery with you and help you choose the one that is best suited to your individual needs and goals.
Who Needs Rhinoplasty?
People who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose or who have functional problems with their nose may consider rhinoplasty to improve their symptoms and enhance their self-esteem. It can be performed on people of all ages who are in good general health.
Some common reasons why people may consider rhinoplasty include
If you are considering rhinoplasty, it is essential to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. They can provide you with more information about the procedure, discuss your goals and concerns, and help you determine if rhinoplasty is right for you.
During the procedure, the surgeon will carefully reshape the bones and cartilage of the nose to achieve the desired outcome. In some cases, the surgeon may need to add or remove tissue to achieve the desired result. After the reshaping, the incisions are closed, and a splint is applied to the outside of the nose to support the new shape.
The entire procedure usually takes about two to three hours and is typically performed under general anesthesia. After the nose surgery procedure, the patient will need to rest at home for several days to allow the nose to heal. Swelling and bruising are common and may last for several weeks. Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within a week to 10 days, although strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks.
Nose Job Recovery
The recovery process after a nose job, or rhinoplasty, varies from person to person. Most patients experience swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose, which typically peaks after two to three days and then gradually subsides over the next few weeks. Some pain and discomfort are normal and can be managed with pain medication.
After the surgery, the patient will need to keep their head elevated and avoid blowing their nose or wearing glasses for several weeks. The splint will be removed after a week, and the patient will be able to shower and wash their hair. However, they should avoid strenuous activities and contact sports for several weeks.
It is important to follow the instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. The final results of the nose job may not be apparent until several months after the surgery, as it takes time for the swelling to fully subside.
Some Possible Complications
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a safe and effective procedure that is performed by qualified and experienced plastic surgeons. However, like any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications that can occur.
Some possible complications of rhinoplasty include:
- Infection: Infection is a rare but severe complication of nose surgery. It can cause redness, swelling, and warmth at the surgical site, and it may require antibiotics or additional surgery to treat.
- Bleeding: Nose surgery can cause bleeding, which can lead to swelling and bruising. In some cases, excessive bleeding may require a blood transfusion or additional surgery to stop the bleeding.
- Nerve damage: The nerves in the nose can be damaged during nose surgery, which can cause numbness or a loss of sensation in the nose. In most cases, nerve damage is temporary and will resolve on its own. However, in rare cases, it may be permanent.
- Scarring: All surgery leaves scars, and rhinoplasty is no exception. In most cases, the scars from nose surgery are small and well hidden within the nostrils. However, some people may develop noticeable scars that are visible on the outside of the nose.
- Asymmetry: Rhinoplasty is a precise surgical procedure, but it is not always possible to achieve perfect symmetry. In some cases, the nose may be slightly crooked or asymmetrical after surgery. This can usually be corrected with revision surgery.
- Unsatisfactory results: In some cases, patients may be unhappy with the results of their nose surgery. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as unrealistic expectations, unexpected complications, or a lack of communication between the patient and the surgeon.
Overall, the risks and complications of rhinoplasty are rare, and most patients are able to achieve their desired results with minimal discomfort or downtime. However, it is important to discuss the potential risks and complications with your plastic surgeon before undergoing nose surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can go through a rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, can be performed on people of all ages who are in good general health. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are those who have realistic expectations and are seeking to improve the appearance or function of their nose.
I am worried about the pain.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, and some pain and discomfort are expected after the surgery. Your plastic surgeon will provide pain medication to help manage any discomfort. Most patients find that the pain is manageable and subsides within a few days.
Will there be bruises on my nose? How long will they last?
Yes, bruising is common after a nose job. The bruises typically appear around the eyes and nose and may last for several weeks. The bruises will gradually fade over time and can be covered with makeup if desired.
Will it leave a scar on my nose?
All surgery leaves scars, and rhinoplasty is no exception. In most cases, the scars from a nose job are small and well hidden within the nostrils. However, some people may develop noticeable scars that are visible on the outside of the nose.
Will there be a plaster on my nose after the surgery?
Yes, a splint will be applied to the outside of the nose after the surgery to support the new shape and protect the nose from injury. The splint will typically be removed after a week.
Shall I still be able to smell things?
In most cases, the ability to smell is not affected by a nose job. However, some patients may experience temporary changes in their sense of smell after the surgery.
What if I want to blow my nose after the surgery?
You should avoid blowing your nose for several weeks after a nose job. This can cause pressure in the nose and increase swelling and discomfort. If you need to clear your nose, you can use a saline nasal spray to gently irrigate the nasal passages.
Will the change in shape show up right away?
The changes to the shape of the nose will not be immediately apparent after a nose job. The nose will be swollen and bruised, and the final results may not be visible until several weeks or months after the surgery. It takes time for the swelling to subside and for the new shape of the nose to become apparent.
Is there any risk involved?
Rhinoplasty is a safe and effective procedure, but like any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications. Some possible complications of rhinoplasty include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, scarring, asymmetry, and unsatisfactory results. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the potential risks and complications with you in detail before your surgery and will provide instructions on how to minimize the risk of complications.
When can I resume everyday life again?
Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within a week to 10 days after a nose job. However, strenuous activities and contact.