Many people who are interested in rhinoplasty or wish to change how their nose looks like lack a basic understanding of the procedure, it’s limitations, benefits, costs and eligibility criteria. The following facts serve to improve on the knowledge about the procedure that will be discussed later on.
- Functions: Rhinoplasty can be performed for aesthetic reasons, reconstruction of damaged nasal structures, and correcting nasal structures to treat functional problems. Reconstructive Rhinoplasty becomes medically mandatory when disfiguration to the nose has happened because of an accident, disease, deformity by birth or due to a botched cosmetic surgery.
- Procedure: Rhinoplasty can be performed with a closed or open approach. The former involves making incisions inside the nose whereas the former will obviously involve incisions on the exterior. Both techniques address varying conditions. Incisions either way are done conspicuously so as to not leave any scarring. Scars will always fade away with time.
- Post-operative Advice: Right after rhinoplasty the patient will feel and experience tenderness, swelling and irritation in the nose as well as surrounding areas. The surgeon will give every patient appropriate tips, advice, and prescription medication including infection preventive antibiotics. It’s every patient’s responsibility to follow these guidelines to the dot to ensure smooth and swift recovery with minimum complications. Bed rest and total abstinence from routine activities should be followed in the first week at the end of which stitches are moved. In the next 4 weeks the patient will heal pretty fine if they follow all the steps. Depending on correction made to the cartilage, bone and soft tissue of the nose, total recovery from the process may take between 6 – 12 months. In this time, make sure you take care of your nose as the structures are healing and taking up their new shape.
- Relative Complications: Complications from plastics surgery are the prime concern of health authorities all over the world. Every step taken to evaluate a patient and heal them properly minimizes the chances of such risks from happening. Pain controlling medication is given since discomfort is part of the whole process. Nose bleeding should be minimal and any out-of-the-ordinary signs should be reported to the doctor immediately.
- Limitations: it doesn’t happen all the time, in fact only a tiny percentage of patients undergoing surgery face side-effects from surgery. These negative impacts of surgery can usually be traced to improper care after surgery by the patient, lack of expertise of the surgeon or incomplete eligibility of the candidate for the procedure. Bottom-line is, the complications from surgery can always be avoided, but in few cases patients experience lack of normal breathing and frequent nosebleeds after surgery that become a nuisance. On the plus side, revision rhinoplasty can (in many cases) be carried out to improve what has been damaged before.
- Delicate Process: Rhinoplasty is a delicate process that requires the surgeon to have years of experience and a deep understanding of the ear, nose and throat area in order to successfully treat a patient’s cosmetic concerns. Due to the fluctuation and involvement of various factors in the whole process hinging on patient’s physical health, medical history and biological setup the results can never be guaranteed even by the best of doctors. The most an experienced surgeon can do is produce a best estimate and work the operation in tandem to it. A surgeon also has to keep the affect of ageing on the nose so as not to overdo or undergo the procedure.