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People's noses come in all shapes and sizes, many of which may not be aesthetically pleasing to the owner.
Rhinoplasty, or nose job, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reshape or repair the nose. A rhinoplasty surgeon can reduce or increase the size of the nose, narrow the nostril openings, alter the shape of the tip or bridge, alter the angle between the upper lip and the nose, or any combination of the above.
Rhinoplasty or surgery to reshape the nose can reduce or enlarge the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip of the nose, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also repair birth defects, injury scars and help relieve breathing problems.
Patients should be at least 14 or 15 years of age (for girls) or a little bit older (for boys) before undergoing rhinoplasty. This allows for the complete growth of the nasal bone. Nose job patients should also have specific goals and realistic expectations that will be discussed with the plastic surgeon before deciding to proceed with rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient surgery performed under general anesthesia. The rhinoplasty surgeon begins by separating the skin from the underlying framework of the nose. Then, depending on whether the size of the nose is to be increased or reduced, the plastic surgeon will manipulate the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. There are two ways to do this: either by making the incision inside the nostrils or by making the incision across the columella (the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils). The latter nose surgery technique is also known as "open rhinoplasty." Once the nose has been sculpted, the skin is redraped and a splint is used to hold the new shape.
Nose Surgery Risks
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with nose jobs. These include:
Reaction to the anesthesia
Numbness of the skin
Small bursting of blood vessels on the skin's surface
Hematoma - a collection of blood under the skin that must be removed
Small scars on the base of the nose - this occurs when the "open" technique is used or when the nostrils are narrowed
Follow-up surgery for an under-correction or over-correction
Pre-Surgical Tests Prior to admissions and surgery, your Surgeon will require you to undergo laboratory investigations and/or diagnostic examinations to ensure that you are fit for surgery. These tests are standard hospital procedure.
Please note that this information should be used only as a guide to your treatment.
All specifics will be discussed with your Surgeon during your initial consultation.
Cosmetic Surgery Procedure:
Best Candidate: Nose too large, wide, to long or tip needs reshaping, bulbous nose, deformity after trauma
Length of Surgery: 1-3 hours
Side Effects: Temporary swelling and bruising.
Back to Work: 7 - 10 days weeks
Normal Activities: Increase gently after 6-8 weeks
Fading of Scars and Results after:
Several months to a year or more