Rhinoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery performed to reshape the nose. It can be performed to correct birth defects or breathing problems, repair an injury, or for aesthetic reasons.
Rhinoplasty is commonly performed for many problems with a nose, such as:
- The size of the nose
- The shape of the tip
- The shape of the bridge
- The span of the nostrils
- The angle between the nose and upper lip
- Birth defects
- Upper respiratory problems
The rhinoplasty procedure is performed using either local anesthetics and sedatives to numb the and relax you or undergeneral anesthesia so that you are asleep through the procedure.
Several options are available for the technique chosen to give you the look you want. The skin will be separated from the bone first and some of the bone may be removed for a slimmer bridge.
Cartilage in the tip of the nose can be trimmed for a different shape, and if you are having your nostrils worked on, the plastic surgeon will remove small areas to bring them closer together. The angle of the nose can be changed by trimming the area between your nostrils.
A splint will be taped to the nose to hold it in shape after the procedure. The area will swell for a couple days, but will go down quickly. Most patients are back to their normal routines in just a few days. If they wear glasses, they will have to either switch to contacts or prop them on their cheeks until the nose is healed.
The ideal candidate should be physically healthy and have realistic expectations of the results of the procedure. Younger people should wait until after their growth spurt during their teen years.
Talk with a cosmetic surgeon if you are considering rhinoplasty. They can help you decide what you need to achieve the desired look. They can also answer all of your questions and put you at ease with the procedure.