By Dr. Sumit Agrawal, Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery
Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as Nose-Job, is a cosmetic procedure designed to change the shape and size of the nose.
A Rhinoplasty can effectively change the size and shape of the nose to complement the facial balance. It also helps improve nasal symmetry efficiently enhancing your facial features.
How is the surgery performed?
We prefer General Anaesthesia for the surgery to make patient pain free and most comfortable. It’s a Day-care procedure or may need overnight stay.
The operation involves an incision which is made for easy access to the cartilage and bones of the nose. These incisions are generally placed inside the nose so that they do not appear as scar marks after the surgery is done. Molding, removal or replacement of the bone or cartilage depends on the demands of the restructuring of the nose. Once the reshaping of the nose is done, the nose tissue is put back into place and a splint is temporarily placed to support the new structure of the nose. The splint is removed at 5-7 days.
Precautions to take after a nose surgery
After nose surgery, the area around your nose will stay swollen and bruised for around 10-15 days. Thus you have to ensure that-
- You get an adequate period of rest.
- Use cold compresses over the swollen face, this will reduce the swelling and ease the pain.
- Do not indulge in relatively vigorous physical activity for 15 days.
- Take your medicines regularly.
Risks of nose surgery
Every surgery or medical procedure involves certain risks, and so does Rhinoplasty. Along with some puffiness and bruising around the eye and nose region, you may also experience-
- Some amount of bleeding
- Injury to the septum area
- Irritation of the skin and skin problems
- Nasal blockage due to swelling in the inner nasal area
- Complications resulting from anesthesia
Although there are certain risks to Rhinoplasty, the surgery is considered safe if done by a qualified expert plastic surgeon and the results are quite permanent.