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What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of the nose and improves its function. The procedure alters and reconstructs the nose in an efficient manner. There are two types of rhinoplasty: cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery focuses on changing the appearance solely whereas reconstructive surgery restores the form and functions of the nose. Reconstructive rhinoplasty can effectively resolve nasal injuries, birth defects, breathing problems, and even previously failed rhinoplasties.

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      Best Treatment Center for Rhinoplasty

      Best Treatment Center for Rhinoplasty

      Pristyn Care is the best place to get comprehensive care for all types of cosmetic treatments, including nose jobs. We perform both open and closed rhinoplasty to help the patients get the desired results. We have our own clinics and partnered hospitals that have the top-grade infrastructure and modern amenities essential to providing high-quality care. 

      You can get in touch with us and consult our expert plastic surgeons to plan rhinoplasty. Our surgeons have 10+ years of experience in performing rhinoplasties along with other cosmetic procedures with the highest success rate. You can rely on their skills and expertise to improve and enhance the shape of your nose. 

      What happens in Rhinoplasty?

      What happens in Rhinoplasty?

      Diagnosis 

      During the consultation with the doctor, he/she will start the meeting by talking about your goals. The doctor will ask what about the nose bothers you and what kind of changes you want. It is important to understand that there is no such thing as a perfect nose. Thus, the doctor will try to understand your needs and describe what kind of changes you should expect from the procedure. 

      Furthermore, the doctor will check the bone and cartilage of the nose and also evaluate other facial features. Only after the evaluation can the doctor tell if your expectations from rhinoplasty are realistic or not. 

      In the physical examination, the doctor examines the skin thickness, nasal valves, osteogenic and cartilaginous disorders, lipid glands, etc. The pre-surgery examinations are necessary to ensure that you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. 

      The surgeon may also suggest tests like imaging tests, blood tests, electrocardiography, and CT scan for further evaluation. 

      Procedure 

      Each surgical procedure is unique. Thus, the steps are customized according to the specific anatomy and goals of the individual. The procedure involves:

      • Local or general anesthesia is used to numb the body. Through the use of local anesthesia, only the nose and face region will be numbed. Through general anesthesia, the entire body becomes numb, and you will most likely be unconscious during the surgery. 
      • An incision is made inside the nose (closed surgery) or across the columella (open surgery). Through this incision, the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilage is raised, and the surgeon gets access to the internal structure to reshape it. 
      • The surgeon will reshape the nose according to your requirements. For instance, if you have a large nose, the surgeon may shorten the size by removing bone or cartilage. In other cases, the surgeon may need to add cartilage grafts to enhance the shape and size of the nose. Usually, the cartilage from the septum is used for this purpose. 
      • If necessary, the surgeon will also correct the deviated septum. It is straightened to improve breathing and provide relief from other symptoms as well, such as dry nose, congestion, headache, etc. 
      • After the doctor sculpt the nose into the shape, nasal skin, and tissue as per requirement and the incisions are closed carefully. Some additional incisions may be placed around the nostrils to alter their size as well. 
      • The surgeon will place splints or gauze to support the nose while it is healing. 

      As soon as the procedure is complete, you will be transferred into the observation room. The staff will monitor you until you wake up, and you will also get discharged on the same day if there are no signs of complications. 

      How to prepare for the surgery?

      How to prepare for the surgery?

      To prepare you for rhinoplasty, the doctor will give you clear instructions. These instructions will include the following points: 

      • Stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E at least two weeks before the surgery. These drugs can cause excessive bleeding during surgery. 
      • Stop smoking at least 2-3 weeks before the surgery to minimize the risks during the surgery as well as post-surgery complications, like delayed healing. 
      • Before the surgery, increase your consumption of protein and other essential nutrients as they will help to recover faster. 
      • Don’t wear any kind of makeup before the surgery. 
      • Avoid eating and drinking the night before the surgery. 

      Once the surgery is scheduled, you will also need someone to accompany you on the day of surgery. 

      Risks & Complications

      Risks & Complications

      During Surgery 

      Similar to any other major surgery, rhinoplasty also carries risks like:

      • Bleeding through the incisions 
      • Infection if the internal organs are exposed to the external contaminants 
      • Adverse reaction to anesthesia 

      These risks can be mitigated by the plastic surgeon effectively. That’s why it is often recommended that you choose an experienced surgeon to undergo rhinoplasty. They will ensure that the surgery is performed safely and you get the best possible results. 

      After Surgery

      After surgery, there will be chances of complications, such as:

      • Difficulty while breathing through your nose 
      • Permanent numbness around the nose 
      • Uneven nose 
      • Pain or discoloration of the skin 
      • Swelling that persists 
      • Scarring 
      • Septal perforation, i.e., a hole in the septum 
      • Need for additional surgery 

      These complications can also be avoided if you pay attention to post-surgery care and follow the doctor’s instructions precisely. If any of these complications arise, you should immediately contact the doctor and seek help from them.

      What to expect after rhinoplasty?

      What to expect after rhinoplasty?

      After having rhinoplasty, you will have to take complete rest on the first day. The doctor will advise you to keep your head raised higher than your chest to keep the bleeding and swelling minimal. 

      In the beginning, your nose may feel congested due to swelling or the splints that are placed inside the nose. The internal dressing will stay in place for a week after the surgery. The doctor may also use an external splint to protect and support your nose. 

      In the first few days after surgery, you may experience slight bleeding or mucus drainage. If gauze is placed under your nose to absorb the drainage, the doctor will also instruct you on how to change the gauze. 

      Along with all this, the surgeon will create a recovery guide that will consist of tips and instructions for post-surgery care. A dietician chart will also be included in the guide to ensure that you eat healthy foods that will help in faster recovery. 

      Why opt for rhinoplasty?

      Why opt for rhinoplasty?

      Most people choose to undergo rhinoplasty for any of the following reasons:

      • To remove the hump on the nose
      • To straighten the bridge 
      • To reshape the nose tip 
      • To increase/decrease the size of nostrils 
      • To correct the nose after an injury 
      • To open breathing passages 
      • To make the nose bigger or smaller 

      Many people misunderstand that nose jobs are only done for cosmetic reasons. However, it can also be done for medical reasons. While some may need surgical repair of their nose to resolve a problem, others may just wish to change the shape and size of their nose. 

      Benefits of Rhinoplasty

      Benefits of Rhinoplasty

      Though rhinoplasty is considered a cosmetic treatment, it has both aesthetic and health-related benefits. 

      • Rhinoplasty improves breathing by addressing congenital or long-term breathing issues. 
      • Nose job certainly boosts the individual’s confidence and self-esteem. 
      • Problems like sinus-related headaches, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, etc., are also resolved with rhinoplasty. 
      • It helps to improve the appearance of a broken or crooked nose. 
      • The individual can undergo revision rhinoplasty to enhance the nose further and get the desired results. 
      • Rhinoplasty also provides relief from snoring, thereby improving sleep quality. 
      • If there is a lump, curve, or irregularity in your nose shape, it can be corrected through rhinoplasty surgery.

      FAQs around Rhinoplasty

      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.

      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, 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 further make changes in 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.

      Alternative to Rhinoplasty

      Alternative to Rhinoplasty

      Many people don’t know this, but there is a non-surgical form of rhinoplasty known as liquid rhinoplasty. It temporarily addresses the dorsal hump (small bump), asymmetry, and drooping nasal tip.

      In this procedure, the surgeon injects fillers into the nose that improves the contours of the nose and reshape it. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is used for the procedure, which is also used for cheeks and lips.

      Though it is a safe and effective alternative to surgery, the results of liquid rhinoplasty are not long-lasting. You will have to get more treatments to maintain the results.

      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.

      Recovery & Result After Rhinoplasty

      Recovery & Result After Rhinoplasty

      The recovery rate after rhinoplasty is different for each patient. The swelling often takes several months to disappear. And after a while, the patient himself/herself stops noticing the swelling. The patient can resume daily activities after 4-5 weeks with mandatory precautionary steps. With proper care, you will recover within the given time. 

      Generally, the results of a nose job may take up to a year to appear. But you should remember that the healing time and final results timeline varies from patient to patient. If minimal work is done on the nose, the final results will appear sooner. However, if major changes are made, the nose may take a few months to heal completely and the final results will appear within a year or so. 

      Case Study

      Case Study

      On 4th August 2021, a patient named Akash Koswal came to us wanting to undergo rhinoplasty because of an injury he had during his childhood. The nose had a bump in the middle and was also slightly deviated. Dr. Gaurav Shalya handled the case and discussed the expectations from the surgery with the patient. Some tests were recommended to the patient, which he had on the next day. And the doctor identified him as an ideal candidate for the procedure and discussed whether he wanted to undergo open or closed rhinoplasty. He chose open surgery, and the doctor explained what the surgery entails.

      His surgery was planned for 9th August. We prepared everything in advance for the patient. The surgery took place on the same day and took around 2 hours to complete. Dr. Gaurav corrected the deviation in the septum and also reshaped the nose as asked by the patient. He was discharged on the same day. The doctor gave him a detailed guide to help him recover faster. He visited again for a follow-up after 7 days. The stitches and splint were removed from the nose. His nose was examined carefully, and the doctor ensured that he was recovering properly.

      The good thing is that Akash was very obedient to the doctor’s instructions, due to which he recovered completely within a month. The swelling on his nose is barely noticeable, and the scar is also disappearing gradually. It has been more than 2 months since his surgery, and the final results are yet to be seen. But as of now, he is happy with the surgery and waiting patiently to see the final results.

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