A rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is employed to reshape a patient’s nose and can address issues of proportion as well as structural defects which can hinder breathing. A septoplasty is a surgery carried out to repair the septum of the nose. A rhinoplasty can correct many issues including:
It is important to note that the human face is not perfectly symmetrical and when a person wants a more symmetrical nose the surgery will make the nose look balanced and correctly proportioned.
The specific techniques used during surgery will depend on which part of the nose is being addressed. Some surgical procedures depend on incisions made in the outer portions of the nose, typically along the side or bottom creases so any resulting scar will not be seen. In other cases, incisions may be made inside the nose where scars will be hidden. Once the underlying bone and cartilage are exposed, special surgical instruments will be used to gently reshape the nose, removing tissue as needed and then repositioning the skin and other overlying tissues to create the new shape of the nose. Most procedures take an hour or two to complete.
A splint or packing is commonly utilized and placed in the person’s nose. Bandages will be placed on the outside. During the first year of recovery, swelling can be more present during the morning. The doctor will give patients instructions about the do’s and don't's during recovery as well. Medications to prevent infections from developing and pain relievers are traditionally prescribed.
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