Have you ever considered having cosmetic surgery on your nose? Rhinoplasty is in fact one of the most common cosmetic procedures and there are literally tens of thousands of people who undergo this treatment each year. Last year I was one of these people and so I wanted to give you some information based on my experience. There seems to be a quite a lot of mis-information online so I’ll let you know what you need to be aware of and what to expect when you undergo this treatment.
Rhinoplasty surgery is a treatment which seeks to sculpt the shape of the nose, sometimes this is done for medical reasons if the person has difficulty breathing, but mostly it is a cosmetic choice. The ideal candidate will be patients with the following nose types.
Dorsal Hump – Large bump on the bridge
Nasal Width – Either too wide or too narrow
Drooping Tip – Nasal tip with a sharp angle
Prominent Tip – Bulbous nose tip
Asymmetry – Twisted nose form
If you have one of these issues and you are over the age of 15, you will be an ideal candidate for this surgery.
You will be treated on an outpatient basis and the surgeon will perform one of two methods on you, closed or open. The decision as to whether the surgery is open or not will depend greatly on what work is being done, most rhinoplasty surgeries will be carried out using closed surgery which means that your nose will not be cut open. Open surgery will leave a small scar on the nose from the initial cut, which closed surgery will not. The surgery will take no more than a couple of hours.
Once the rhinoplasty surgery has been completed you are looking at a recovery time of around 5 to 6 days with a nose splint in place, and then a further week to feel yourself again. During the week with the splint you may suffer from nosebleeds or headaches and you will see swelling and bruising around the nose, all perfectly normal. Interestingly the overall procedure can take up to 3 years to recover from, although you will fine after just a fortnight. The reason for this length of time is that the skin on the nose will need to adapt to its new form and build skin cells in new areas.
With rhinoplasty there are no risks beyond the risks which any surgery carries with it which is that of infection. The worst case scenario with regards to the nose is that the outcome isn’t what was expected. Often cartilage memory can mean that noses cannot be straightened as much as desired or the tip perhaps cannot be reduced in size. The success rate for nose procedures however is extremely high so whilst risks do exist, they are not something which you should feel too concerned about.
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