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Rhinoplasty Surgery: Diagnosis, Procedure, & Recovery

Want to change the shape of your nose? Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is the best option for people to enhance their nose and reshape it as desired. If you have a nose deformity or you are simply unhappy with the nose shape, get in touch with Pristyn Care and consult our expert rhinoplasty surgeons to plan the surgery. Book a consultation today.

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  • What is Rhinoplasty?

    Rhinoplasty, commonly called nose job or nose plastic surgery, is a procedure that alters or modifies the shape of the nose for medical or cosmetic reasons. Due to the extent of modifications that can be done during rhinoplasty, the surgery is also referred to as nasal reconstruction. The modifications can be done to the bone, cartilage, skin, or all three as required. 

    Depending on the requirements, rhinoplasty is classified as functional rhinoplasty or cosmetic rhinoplasty. A cosmetic rhinoplasty focuses on the aesthetics of the nose and emphasizes changing its shape and size. Unlike this, functional rhinoplasty is reconstructive in nature and addresses functional problems with the nose, such as breathing issues, deviated nasal septum, birth defects, nose injuries, etc. 

    It should be noted that rhinoplasty is a complex surgery. Therefore, when an individual considers a nose job, he/she should get in touch with an expert plastic/cosmetic surgeon who is well-trained and has ample experience in performing the procedure and delivering the best outcomes

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    Types of Rhinoplasty Surgery

    Rhinoplasty can be divided into two types based on the technique used- open and closed. These two types are explained below:

    Open Rhinoplasty

    Also known as external rhinoplasty, this procedure involves making a small incision in the columella to separate the nostrils. Then the doctor gets access to the underlying bone and cartilage. As the entire structure is exposed during the procedure, the surgeon can reshape the framework with higher precision. 

    The open technique is usually preferred when the patient’s nose is crooked or a marked reduction or enhancement needs to be done in the nasal tip. This approach may leave a scar behind, but it usually fades away with time and becomes barely noticeable. 

    Closed Rhinoplasty

    Also known as endonasal rhinoplasty, this surgery is more intricate as it is performed by making incisions inside the nostrils so that they are completely hidden. An incision is made in both the left and right nostrils, and the changes in shape and size are made with minimal complications. The closed technique is less invasive and causes no visible scarring. 

    Besides the above-mentioned types, rhinoplasty surgery is also classified based on aesthetic and functional concerns. Based on this classification, rhinoplasty can be divided into the following types:

    • Reduction rhinoplasty, which is performed to reduce the size of the nose to achieve a more proportionate and balanced appearance. 
    • Augmentation rhinoplasty, which aims to augment or increase the size or projection of the nose with the help of implants or grafts. 
    • Post-traumatic rhinoplasty, which is performed to address nasal deformities resulting from trauma or injury. It can be done to correct nasal fractures, reposition the displaced bones or cartilage, and restore the overall nose symmetry. 
    • Ethnic rhinoplasty is tailored to address the aesthetic concerns of individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds. It takes into account specific nasal characteristics and features of the individual to achieve desired natural-looking results. 
    • Revision rhinoplasty is performed to correct or improve the results of a previous nose job. It addresses complications, functional issues, and dissatisfaction with the initial outcome. 

    The above categories are generalized, and the specific techniques or approaches used for rhinoplasty will vary depending on the individual’s needs and the surgeon’s expertise. 

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    Who Can Consider Rhinoplasty Surgery?

    Both men and women can consider rhinoplasty surgery as required. It can be considered to address any of the following:

    If an individual is worried that his/her nose looks bulbous, upturned, too round, too large, too small, or droopy, rhinoplasty would be the most effective option to address all their concerns. 

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    Ideal Candidate for Rhinoplasty

    Though rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgeries, not every individual can undergo it. Doctors follow specific eligibility criteria to determine the ideal candidate for nose plastic surgery. The criteria include the following:

    • Aesthetics Concerns: The individual is unhappy with the shape, size, symmetry, and overall appearance of the nose. 
    • Physical Maturity: Before considering rhinoplasty, the individual has to ensure that his/her nose is fully grown. The maturity age for males is 17, whereas for females, the age is 15. The facial growth is typically complete at this age. Thus, the potential candidate should be older than the specified age. 
    • Good General Health: The individual should be in optimal health to undergo surgery. Individuals with severe medical conditions or illnesses, such as diabetes, heart conditions, bleeding disorders, high blood pressure, etc., are not considered good candidates for rhinoplasty. 
    • Non-Smoker: A good candidate for nose surgery should be a non-smoker or someone who is willing to quit smoking entirely for 12 to 18 weeks at most. Smoking can impair the body’s healing process, lead to complications, and compromise the surgery outcome. 
    • Realistic Expectations: The individual should have realistic expectations from the nose job and keep a positive outlook. He/she should understand that the surgery has its limitations. 

    The doctor analyzes these aspects during the initial consultations to determine if an individual is suitable for rhinoplasty surgery.

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    Diagnosis Before Nose Job

    Before rhinoplasty surgery, a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis is done to ensure that the individual is considering surgery for the right reasons and the procedure can address his/her specific concerns. The rhinoplasty surgeon will discuss the individual’s goals, expectations, and all other concerns regarding his/her nose. Along with this, he/she will evaluate the individual’s nasal anatomy, including the shape, size, symmetry, and structural characteristics. 

    Other evaluations will include the following:

    While planning the surgery, the surgeon will discuss the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure and the individual’s expectations. Based on the diagnosis and evaluations, the surgeon will develop a personalized surgical plan tailored to the individual’s needs and goals and also take images from different angles to record the before and after changes. 

    Rhinoplasty Surgery

    Each rhinoplasty is unique in its own way, as the procedure is customized according to the patient’s requirements. Being a complex procedure, the surgery may take around 1 to 3 hours approximately, depending on the extent of modifications. The various aspects of the surgery are explained below in detail.

    Benefits of Rhinoplasty

    Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, offers several potential benefits to individuals who choose to undergo the procedure. Here are some of the common benefits associated with rhinoplasty:

    The benefits of rhinoplasty will vary for each patient, and it’s important to openly have a discussion with the surgeon to have realistic expectations

    How to Prepare for Rhinoplasty?

    The rhinoplasty surgeon will provide clear and detailed instructions to prepare the individual for rhinoplasty surgery. The general guidelines include the following:

    It’ll also be helpful to take time off work or school as recommended by the surgeon. On the day of surgery, the patient is also asked to sign a consent form before proceeding. 

    Rhinoplasty Procedure

    During a rhinoplasty, several steps are involved to reshape and enhance the nose. Here’s a general overview of what happens during a typical rhinoplasty procedure:

    After the surgery, the patient is transferred to a recovery room where his/her vitals are monitored for the next few hours. The patient is usually discharged from the facility on the same day

    What to Expect After Rhinoplasty?

    Immediately after the surgery, the patient can expect significant swelling and bruising in the treated area, including around the eyes. In the first few days, the swelling will be maximum and will start to subside gradually as the nose heals. Besides this, there will be serious nasal congestion and stuffiness due to post-operative swelling and nasal splints. Due to this, the patient will have to breathe through the mouth. 

    Some discomfort or mild pain around the nose and face is also expected following rhinoplasty. The surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort during the initial recovery period. The patient may also experience nasal drainage and breathing issues for the first few days. 

    The surgeon will provide a detailed guide consisting of dos and don’ts and a proper diet for a smooth and successful recovery. 

    Rhinoplasty Recovery Timeline & Results

    The final results of rhinoplasty can take around 6 to 12 months to become apparent. The individual should understand this and be patient during the recovery to achieve the desired results. 

    The initial recovery time after rhinoplasty is 4 to 6 weeks, during which the swelling, bruising, redness, and other side effects will dissipate, and the patient will be able to resume normal activities. The general rhinoplasty recovery timeline will be as below. 

    First Week After Rhinoplasty: 

    In the first week, the swelling and bruising will be at their peak and gradually improve as the day progresses. The surgeon will monitor the patient’s recovery and remove external dressings or splints, if any. In the initial days, the patient will be advised to sleep with his/her head elevated and avoid certain activities that can increase the blood flow or strain the nose. 

    2-3 Weeks After Rhinoplasty: 

    In the second and third weeks, the swelling and bruising will continue to subside. It should be kept in mind that minor swelling will persist for several weeks to months. The nasal congestion and breathing issues will also start to improve as the swelling subsides and internal splints are also removed. The patient needs to continue to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and exercises that can impact the nose. Protect the nose from accidental trauma and avoid even blowing the nose forcefully. 

    1-3 Months After Rhinoplasty:

    While most of the visible swelling resolves within 2-4 weeks, it may take several months for the final results to manifest as the nose fully settles into its new shape. As the healing progresses, the nasal contours refine, and the appearance becomes more refined and natural. The patient will still have to make follow-up appointments with the surgeon to monitor his/her progress. 

    As mentioned above, the final results of rhinoplasty can take longer to appear, usually a year or so. Throughout the recovery process, the patient will have to take several precautions and follow the surgeon’s instructions strictly to get the desired results. 

    Rhinoplasty Side Effects & Potential Complications

    Being a complex procedure, rhinoplasty carries certain risks. Typically, the patient experiences side effects, such as swelling, bruising, redness, and drainage in the treated area. These side effects are temporary and often resolve on their own after some time. However, there are chances of developing potential complications that may require intervention from the doctor. These complications may include the following:

    To prevent these complications, the patient needs to diligently follow the surgeon’s advice and instructions for post-operative care. 

    Tips to Follow During Rhinoplasty Recovery

    After nose plastic surgery, the patient is advised to follow the tips below for optimal recovery and to reduce the risk of post-surgery complications:

    Most of all, the patient needs to keep patience during the recovery period and manage their expectations. 

    Rhinoplasty Cost in India

    On average, nose job cost in India varies from Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 1,50,000. This is only an estimated price range, and the exact cost of rhinoplasty will vary due to the following factors:

    To get an estimate of nose surgery cost in India, give us a call and talk to our experts.

    Alternatives to Rhinoplasty Surgery

    People who don’t wish to get rhinoplasty but still want to change the shape of their nose can consider the following alternatives. 

    Liquid Rhinoplasty 

    Also called non-surgical rhinoplasty, a liquid rhinoplasty involves using injectable dermal fillers to reshape and contour the nose. Typically, hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane or Juvederm, are used to add volume, smooth out bumps, and correct minor imperfections in the nose. It is a less invasive procedure and has a shorter recovery time compared to surgery. Another thing to note is that the results of non-surgical rhinoplasty are temporary, and the patient will require maintenance treatments. 

    Thread Lift

    A thread lift is a non-surgical procedure that uses dissolvable sutures or threads to lift and reposition the tissues of the nose. It can help improve the shape and contour of the nose, particularly in cases where the tip is drooping or the bridge needs elevation. Similar to liquid rhinoplasty, thread lifts provide immediate results and have a shorter recovery time compared to surgery, but the effects are temporary, lasting up to a year or two.

    Besides these, an individual can also consider nasal sculpting with makeup or nose reshaping devices, such as nose clips that need to be worn for a specific duration each day to gradually mold the nasal cartilage. It should be noted that while these alternatives provide some improvements in the appearance of the nose, these options may not be suitable for everyone or provide the same level of correction as surgery. 

    FAQs around Rhinoplasty

    Where can I find the best rhinoplasty surgeon in India?

    You can find the best rhinoplasty surgeon in India at Pristyn Care. We have a dedicated team of plastic and cosmetic surgeons who have 10+ years of experience in performing rhinoplasty and other cosmetic surgeries with a success rate higher than 95%. You can rely on their expertise and consult them to plan the surgery.

    What are the common side effects after rhinoplasty?

    Some common side effects that people usually experience after rhinoplasty are- 

    • Difficulty in breathing through the nose
    • Persistent pain and discoloration of the skin 
    • Unwanted scarring 

    Is an overnight hospital stay needed after rhinoplasty surgery?

    No, an overnight stay is usually not required after rhinoplasty surgery. The procedure is carried out on an outpatient basis, and the patient is discharged a few hours later.

    What type of anesthesia is used for rhinoplasty?

    Typically, general anesthesia is used for rhinoplasty. Due to this, the patient is asleep during the entire procedure.

    Can I get a revision if I am not satisfied with the results of rhinoplasty?

    Yes, you can get a revision if you wish to make further changes to the shape of your nose. The plastic surgeon will look at your nose and determine whether or not the procedure will be safe for you.

    Is nose rhinoplasty surgery price in India covered by health insurance?

    In general, if nose rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic reasons, it’s considered an elective procedure that is not covered by insurance under any circumstances. If the procedure is performed for functional or reconstructive, it’s considered medically necessary and can be covered by health insurance.

    Is rhinoplasty painful?

    As rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia, the patient will not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. However, after the surgery, once the anesthesia wears off, the patient may experience pain and discomfort. To manage the pain, the doctor will prescribe pain medications. 

    Is rhinoplasty nose surgery safe?

    Yes, rhinoplasty nose surgery is a safe procedure when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon. Though it carries certain risks and complications, a skilled surgeon will be able to take the necessary measures to mitigate them and carry out the surgery successfully.

    How long do rhinoplasty results last?

    The results of rhinoplasty surgery last for a lifetime. Once the nasal bone, cartilage, and skin are modified, they will remain the same unless the nose gets damaged or the individual decides to get another nose surgery for some reason.

    Is rhinoplasty permanent?

    Rhinoplasty is intended to provide long-lasting results. However, it should be noted that the nose shape and appearance may change over time due to the aging process. The changes in the skin can impact the appearance of the nose significantly.

    Is rhinoplasty cosmetic or reconstructive surgery?

    Rhinoplasty is primarily a cosmetic procedure but also involves reconstruction. Changing the shape of the nose requires some reconstruction work which also provides relief from issues like breathing problems.

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    Types of Rhinoplasty

    Open Rhinoplasty

    Also known as external rhinoplasty, this procedure involves making a small incision in the columella to separate the nostrils. Then the doctor gets access to the underlying bone and cartilage. As the entire structure is exposed during the procedure, the surgeon can reshape the framework with higher precision. The open technique is usually preferred when the patient’s nose is crooked or a marked reduction or enhancement needs to be done in the nasal tip. This approach may leave a scar behind but it usually fades away with time and becomes barely noticeable.

    Closed Rhinoplasty

    Also known as endonasal rhinoplasty, this surgery is more intricate as it is performed by making incisions inside the nostrils so that they are completely hidden. An incision is made in both left and right nostrils, and the changes in the shape and size are made with minimal complications. The closed technique is less invasive and causes no visible scarring.

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