What is Rhinoplasty?
The nose is an important part of the body- it is a defining facial feature that also helps you to breathe. A rhinoplasty or a nose job is a surgical procedure performed on the nose to address aesthetic and/or functional problems by changing its shape and size as well as the position of the nasal tip and its symmetry.
Who can opt for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can be opted by people troubled with any of the following –
- Dorsal humps and saddle noses
- Asymmetric set of nostrils
- Breathing problems because of a deviated septum
- Round and bulbous nose
- Broad or blunt nose
- Crooked nose from a fracture
Rhinoplasty helps correct problems in breathing and gives your face a more appealing look by giving it the right shape and size and making it look more proportionate to the rest of the face.
About the Procedure
It is important for the procedure to be performed by a board-certified surgeon to minimize risks and complications while offering world-class technology and surgical techniques.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia and is of two types –
- Septoplasty, or functional rhinoplasty, which is performed to fix functional issues with breathing like snoring, deviated septum or inferior turbinate hypertrophy.
- Rhinoplasty for aesthetic appeal – to fix a crooked or broken nose, or to bring about symmetry to the nasal appearance.
During the procedure, the surgeon adds or removes bone and cartilage – this is assessed while planning the surgery. Depending upon the requirement, fat fillers or grafts may be used additionally for an enhanced aesthetic appeal.
Modern technologies like ultrasonic bone surgery (piezosurgery) help to make precise bone cuts and correct minor irregularities and asymmetry without damaging the surrounding tissues.
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure with same day discharge.
- A splint is placed over the nose after the surgery. It is removed after about a week. You may resume normal activities after this, though heavy workout is inadvisable till at least a month, and only after consulting the surgeon.
- The nostrils are covered and packed with paraffin gauze initially.
- Avoid direct sunlight for a few days – use sunscreen and sunglasses while stepping out.
- Bruises and swelling diminish naturally in a few days, while complete recovery takes a few months.