There are reasons you will want to get a nose job: Changing the appearance of the nose, improving breathing, or getting both at once.
The process of working on the nose surgically is Rhinoplasty. This form of surgical procedure is under the umbrella of plastic surgery. When you are getting Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, you are asking for a change in the shape of the nose by changing or working on the bone, cartilage, skin, or all at once to get the desired shape or to aid in proper breathing. The bone is in the upper section of the nose and the cartilage is in the lower portion.
The possibilities with Rhinoplasty
The changes that come with the procedure are not numerous, but if executed as required, a great nose job is an outcome. The changes that could be gotten are:
· Change in size
· Change in angle
· Reducing the nostril
· Bridge straightening
Taken in so many considerations, your surgeon will let you in on if the surgery is meant for you or not. If the surgery is done to improve breathing, the surgery can be done on a child. But if the patient wants to improve the appearance of the nose, certain age limits can hinder it. The nasal bone has to be fully grown for the procedure to happen. A girl at the age of 15 has hers fully grown, while a boy will be within the age of 16 – 17 years.
That aside, your medical history will be discussed. The aim is to understand why you want to get a nose job, if you have had nasal obstructions and surgeries in the past, the types of medications prescribed, and more. If there is a case of bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, the surgeon will recommend against the surgery.
A physical exam will be done to inspect the interior and exterior of the nose. Some blood work can be done too. This is necessary to inform the surgeon of what changes need to be done, and how your nose features can affect the outcome.
Photographs of different sides of your nose will be taken for result simulation and reference purposes. These pictures will be used for assessment purposes, that is, the before and after.
Your surgeon will also discuss other surgeries that need to be done to make the outcome of the nose job better looking. One surgery will be chin augmentation. A small chin can create a false depiction of a larger nose. This might not be a necessity but maybe for a balanced facial profile, it might be. Your surgeon will discuss the options with you.
During the Procedure
A local or general anesthesia will be administered. This will depend on the complexity of the surgery and the patient involved. Local anesthesia numbs the face only. You will still be awake but might be feeling disoriented due to medication passed into the body through an IV line to make it so. A simple procedure can rely on local anesthesia. General anesthesia will make you unconscious. Children undergoing the procedure are candidates for general anesthesia.
After administering anesthesia, the surgeon will make an incision inside or between your nostrils. Your nose skin will be separated from the cartilage and the reshaping commences. Depending on the type of changes, the surgeon will take cartilage from the deeper into the nose or from the ear. For bigger changes, the surgeon might take from the ribs or implant.
To improve breathing if that is the case, the wall between the two sides of the nose can be bent. The surgeon will take corrective measures to straighten it and improve breathing.
The surgery will last within 1 – 2 hours. It might also take longer, depending on how complex the procedure might be.
After the Procedure
Yes, Rhinoplasty is a daycare surgery and after the procedure, you will need someone to take you home. You need rest. There is a rest form that you will need to assume. For the duration of the recovery, your head will be placed higher than your chest to reduce bleeding and swelling. Minor bleeding and mucus are going to be seen for a few days after the surgery. Also, certain activities will be avoided or kept to a minimum, such as:
· Avoid jogging or certain activities that require serious breathing.
· Do not blow your nose.
· Avoid polo, t-shirts, and other clothes that are to be worn from the head down.
· Do not make wide or narrow facial expressions like laughing, smiling, frowning, etc.
· Do not rest your eyeglasses on your nose.
· Brush your teeth mildly.
· Avoid contact with the sun for a medium duration of time. This can cause discoloration of the nose skin.
You should be able to ease into minor activities like going to work or school within a week or two. Full recovery can take place in a month. The outcome of the procedure might not be seen until a few months in or a year.
· Numb nose
· Difficulty breathing
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