Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a form of plastic surgery where the nose shape and the bones within it are constructed to change the form and shape of the nose. Among plastic surgeries, rhinoplasty is the one that is preferred the most. While this malformation of the nose is corrected mostly due to visual reasons, it is also corrected due to reasons such as difficulty breathing. No matter the reason, the main goal is to make sure the nose functions in the best way possible. Reconstruction is one of the many techniques used during the operation.

The Process Of The Operation And The Aftermath

Pre-op period is as important as the operation and the post-op period where rhinoplasty is concerned. The surgeon accesses if the candidate is right for this surgery. People with issues such as bleeding in the nose are usually not right for this operation. The surgeon takes into account the medical history, illnesses and medications before making a decision. Any illnesses which can cause haemophilia or in other words, excessive bleeding, are reason to rule out a candidate. During the physical examination performed by the surgeon, the patient’s nose skin and the nose’s inner and outer structures are examined. In some cases, the patient may be required to go through blood analysis. The patient who requires the operation may have their nose’s photos taken. These photos are essential for expectations post-op and they also guide the surgeon during the surgery.

Two techniques are used. The first is open rhinoplasty where a small incision is made to extend the surgeon’s view. The healing process is longer with this technique. The second technique is closed rhinoplasty where the incisions are made to stay within the nostrils. The surgeon’s view is narrower but the healing process is shorter and there are no marks left on the nose afterwards.

This operation is usually performed under general anaesthesia. Simple rhinoplasty which requires small touches may be performed under local anaesthesia. The surgery lasts about two hours. Afterwards, the patient stays at the hospital for a day to make sure there are no complications. Smoking is not advised as smoke inhalation slows the healing process. Therefore, patients are advised stop using cigarettes for a period of time before and after the surgery.

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