What is the part of your body you would change if you could? For a great many people, the answer will be the nose. Why is this? Noses are curious appendages that can vary in proportion to the rest of the face, and that can also take on a strange or unsightly shape. It might simply be that you don’t like your nose and want a different shaped one, or yours may have been damaged and your want it to look less crooked! That’s where the popular cosmetic procedure rhinoplasty can help. Following is a short article covering the rhinoplasty, and what you should expect.
What Rhinoplasty Involves
The first thing to consider is where you should get your rhinoplasty procedure performed. This is a surgical procedure so requires a professional who is licensed, experienced and reputable. If you happen to be in the area, we recommend you check out Winnipeg rhinoplasty as a benchmark for other potential service providers. What does a rhinoplasty involve? Let’s talk about the various procedures in a little more detail.
First, it’s important to know that rhinoplasty will always be performed under a general anaesthetic. If you are concerned about this then you must express your concerns to the surgeon. Second, all types of rhinoplasty involve an incision in the skin. It is possible to have what is known as a ‘closed rhinoplasty’ in which the incisions are made inside the nostrils thus leaving no marks. However this method is not always possible.
The more commonplace ‘open rhinoplasty’ will require an incision between the nostrils, and while it will leave a mark the area of skin is barely noticeable so it will be minor. Now, let’s talk about the different types of rhinoplasty.
Types of Rhinoplasty
As rhinoplasty – otherwise known as a nose job – is among the most popular cosmetic procedures you can rest assured it is perfectly safe. Indeed, the risks involved with a nose job are minimal with the greatest being the anaesthetic, which is the case with all procedures where a general anaesthetic is needed. These are the main types of rhinoplasty and what the surgeon will do to achieve the required results:
- Nose Reduction: to reduce the size of the nose the surgeon will some cartilage and bone from the nose and tighten the skin over it to lower the profile.
- Nose Augmentation: a more serious operation that involves taking bone from other parts of the body – usually the hips, elbow or skull – and cartilage from the ears to build up the size of the nose to the required size and shape.
- Change of Shape: to change the shape of the nose the surgeon will first break it and then rebuild the bone and cartilage as required, with the skin again tightened across the bone.
Rhinoplasty can also be used to alter the shape and size of the area between the nose and the upper lip. Each of the above procedures can take between 1.5 to 3 hours in theatre, and the patient will be required to stay as an in-patient for a minimum of two nights. They will also be heavily bandaged. It should also be noted that a splint will be over the nose for at least a week which may make breathing through the nose very difficult.
A rhinoplasty is quite a serious procedure that may be followed by some discomfort and will require at least two weeks taken out of your usual routine, so it is wise to carefully consider the advantages against the potential pain and recovery time and talk to your surgeon in great detail to reach a decision.