An attractive face is all about balance and proportion. The nose in the middle of the front part of the face forms is the basis of the sense of aesthetic balance. With the help of a qualified plastic surgeon, the nose can be reshaped to enhance the patient’s natural beauty.
Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery improves the shape, size and symmetry of the nose, allowing the person to achieve a better with the rest of the face. When operation is performed by a highly qualified doctor, rhinoplasty becomes a rewarding and life-enhancing procedure. Patients often notice that their appearance has improved. Now that the nose they see looks natural, they are happy to get the nose they always thought it should be.
What Changes Can I Make in My Nose?
Every patient who chooses to have a rhinoplasty is special. A specialist physician can reshape nasal structures such as bone, cartilage and skin, and achieve one or more of the following objectives:
- Correction of a crooked nose
- Elimination of a pronounced lump in the bridge of the nose
- Reducing the length of an excessively protruding nose tip
- Eliminating the lump at the tip of the nose
- Adapting a wide nose for the face for its suitable looking
- Reducing the size of an extremely large nose
- Restoring old symmetry to the face after trauma
- Correcting respiratory problems by opening blocked nasal passages
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Men and women of all ages are suitable for rhinoplasty. Reshaping the nose is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for young patients. However, cosmetic surgeons take special care in evaluating whether a young patient is ready for rhinoplasty. Physically, the nose should have completed its development. (Nose development can be completed to the age of 14 for girls and 16 for boys)
No matter how old the patient is, it is important to have realistic expectations. Rhinoplasty can improve your existing nose. Just as it cannot provide complete perfection, it cannot give you someone else’s nose. A skilled and qualified plastic surgeon will explain what is possible and help you achieve a natural looking nose in harmony with your unique features.
Choosing a Rhinoplasty Surgeon
Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that requires a specially trained plastic surgeon. Choose a surgeon who has broader experience in facial plastic surgery and make sure he has done rhinoplasty as an important part of her/his practice.
Ask how many rhinoplasty surgeries doctor has done. See before and after photos of previous patients. The results you see should look natural for you and you should like the results that you see. So you can find the surgeon whose aesthetic feelings are same with yours.
Types of Rhinoplasty
Nose surgery is highly individualized. The exact techniques the plastic surgeon will use during the procedure will look slightly different each time, depending on the patient’s anatomy and the type of changes. However, general types of rhinoplasty surgery can be grouped into three groups.
For “open” rhinoplasty, a small incision is made under the tip of the nose between the nostrils. This approach allows the plastic surgeon to have full access to the nasal structure. Thus, the nose is shaped into the desired shape. This method provides increased access. For this reason, plastic surgeons prefer the open rhinoplasty approach for patients who require a more comprehensive reshaping surgery. The scars that appear are hidden in the natural curves of the nose. Thus, when the procedure is completed, the possibility of the nose to be noticed is reduced as much as possible.
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For “closed” rhinoplasty, incisions are made in the nostril. This approach is mostly used in patients who require smaller adjustments to the nasal structures. The advantage of closed rhinoplasty is that there is no visible scar after surgery. However, this approach may not be suitable for more extensive rhinoplasty surgeries.
A “tiplasty” refers to reshaping of your nose. As you can imagine, tiplasty only involves shaping the tip of the nose without affecting other nasal structures. Aesthetic surgeons can use an open or closed approach for tiplasty depending on the situation.
Can Nose Be Intervened Without Surgical Operation?
In some cases, your nose can be reshaped with dermal fillers without using a nasal surgery method. A specialist of plastic surgery injects the filler at certain points of the nose, helping to reshape the tip of the nose and improve nasal symmetry. Although the results are temporary, this non-surgical approach is a convenient and cost-effective way for patients to test the nose reshaping procedure before making permanent changes with surgical rhinoplasty.
Your life After Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. However, local anesthesia with intravenous sedation may also be appropriate in some cases. After the procedure, a silicone thermosplint is applied on your nose for support. Thanks to this silicone thermosplint, your nose is supported and at the same time prevents accidents with contact. Usually, tampon is not applied into the nose. However, although it is very rare, thin silicone materials can be placed in the nose in some special cases. During the removal of these, there is no pain that the patient will feel. After the surgery, you will be given medical prescriptions by your surgeon.
With many new techniques applied in recent years, swelling and bruising are mostly not seen after rhinoplasty surgery. However, in some cases, depending on the patient’s skin and vascular structure, mild bruising under the eyes may be seen after surgery. It disappears in a few days. Most patients are ready to return to work or school after 1-2 weeks. However, plan your activities according to your doctor’s recommendations and do not do any activity if you have difficulty. Otherwise, recovery period will be prolonged.
Your new nose recovery period will continue for a long time. Although after the silicone support on the back of the nose is removed you will notice visible changes, it is useful to take another two weeks for a healthier adhesion of your nasal skin. The recovery period of your your nose after operation continues dynamically for a long time. Although this rate of recovery decreases day by day, it continues up to a 1 year.
The results of rhinoplasty surgeries are permanent. Your new nose will be with you for all your lifetime. This means that it is very important that you choose a qualified professional to get the results you wish.
Last Updated on 22 February 2021