Rhinoplasty is commonly referred to as nose surgery. It is a procedure that is used to reshape your nose and give you a more pleasing appearance. Find out more about the procedure below:
Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Consider the following list. If you feel that some of these things apply to you, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty:
- You feel like your nose is too large.
- You feel like your nose is too small.
- You feel like your nostrils are too prominent.
- You do not like the shape of your nose.
- Your nose has been broken in the past.
- You snore at night or find yourself short of breath during exercise.
- You have a deviated septum.
- You don’t like the angle of your nose.
- You feel like your nose detracts from the rest of your appearance.
- Your nose is constantly congested.
- You feel like your nose is out of proportion to the rest of your face.
What is the procedure like?
Rhinoplasty is usually done under general or local anesthesia. During the procedure, the skin of the nose will be lifted and the doctor will work on changing the shape of the nose. Sometimes this will mean that cartilage and bone are removed. In other cases, tissue may be added to create balance. Depending on the needs of the patient, the incision will either be made on the outside of the nose or on the inside of the nose.
What is recovery like?
After the procedure is finished, a splint will be placed on your nose to help it hold its shape. The doctor may also put packing inside of your nostrils. Most patients experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort after the procedure, but it isn’t serious. Sleeping with your head elevated and using a cold compress can help manage swelling and pain.
Most patients take seven to ten days off of work to recover. They can then usually return to normal every day activates. More strenuous activities that could damage your nose should be avoided for about six weeks.
To learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenthal.