A rhinoplasty, also commonly known as a nose job, can be a rewarding and life-enhancing procedure. Statistically, it is the second-most popular procedure ranked only behind blepharoplasty (double-eyelids surgery). The procedure improves the shape, size, and symmetry of a person’s nose, bringing it into better proportion with the rest of the face. Patients will notice an enhanced overall look that appears very natural, like the nose they have always thought they should have. In a reduction rhinoplasty procedure, the nasal bone and cartilage are sculpted to improve the shape and let the nose blend harmoniously with the other facial features. The operative technique aims to enhance beauty while leaving very minimal or no scars at all.
Rhinoplasty is most commonly carried out to:
- Alter the hump at the bridge of the nose;
- Reshape the tip of the nose;
- Change the length or width of the nose;
- Change the width of the nostrils.
There are 2 types of rhinoplasty
- Closed Rhinoplasty: This is the most popular type of rhinoplasty because all the incisions are being done within the nasal inside nose which means that there will be no scars left on the nose
- Open Rhinoplasty: As an external rhinoplasty, this procedure is performed by making a small incision on the columella, the soft tissue that separates the nostrils. This surgical technique allows for easy access to the bone and cartilage structure. The primary benefit is improved accuracy for nose reshaping to achieve desired contouring. This technique is often used when considering a revision rhinoplasty since the original structure of the nose has already been altered.
What to prepare before undergoing rhinoplasty surgery?
To avoid complications and reduce risk factors, you must be free from upper respiratory problems. Two weeks before your schedule, you need to stop smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, taking hormonal pills, herbal supplements, and medicines other than those that your doctor allows you to continue. People with diseases need surgical clearance from their medical specialists.
What to expect after receiving the surgery
You should avoid touching or blowing your nose for a few days after surgery. Take care to keep the nose splint in place for 4-7 days. You may go back to work in 1 to 2 weeks. Wait about 1 to 2 months before lifting objects and exercising. You will notice that the period of time is not stated definitely. This is because each patient is unique as to their recovery rate, the nature of their jobs, and other factors.