Friday, June 20, 2014

What to Expect from a Rhinoplasty

The medical term rhinoplasty is a harsh-sounding name for a procedure that skillfully refines the shape of your nose. The term dates back to the early 1800s and is a combination of two Greek words, rhino - nose, and plastos - molded or formed. Although the nose doesn’t appear to be more than a bony bridge and cartilage, it is quite complex so surgeons have developed a number of ways to refine, reshape and repair this prominent facial feature.
Refining and reshaping: Depending on the patient’s preferences, the nose can be made larger or smaller, the angle of the tip changed in relation to the upper lip, or corrections made to irregular bumps or indentations.

Repair and reconstruct: Revisions and reconstruction surgeries may be necessary to correct a deviated septum that is obstructing the airway, or restore the nose to proper alignment after an injury.

A surgeon performs rhinoplasty by making incisions to access the cartilage (soft bone-like material) that form the framework of the nose.  The incision is usually made inside the nose so as to obscure it from view. Depending on the desired outcome, several cartilages may be carved, altered or removed, or accentuated by adding tissue taken from another part of the body. After the cartilage is rearranged, the skin is draped back on, stitched up and then covered with a sterile dressing or splint as it heals.
The bandage can be removed after a week, or until the surgeon’s further advice. The face may feel puffy during the recovery period, characterized by swelling around the eyes and nose. A rhinoplasty expert will have a proven recovery protocol, that if followed closely, will ease you through the recovery process, help you manage the discomfort and keep you focused on the results that will be revealed in the weeks following your surgery.


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