What is a Rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of the nose for either cosmetic or functional purposes. Respiration improvement can be accomplished by altering the airway. Rhinoplasty procedures can involve the alteration of bone, cartilage, skin, or a combination of these features.
This procedure is usually an outpatient procedure that requires minimal downtime but a moderate recovery period. Patients can expect the final result of a rhinoplasty to appear within 4-6 months. Due to the nature of the nasal structure, small adjustments can make a noticeable difference.
What are the Reasons People Undergo a Rhinoplasty?
Common reasons for undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure include:
- Birth defect correction
- Deformity repair
- Breathing difficulty improvement
- Cosmetic purposes
Correcting the nasal structure for physical purposes can greatly enhance a patient’s quality of life. Less congestion, easier breathing, and better sleep can all be achieved via a rhinoplasty procedure.
While some patients consider a rhinoplasty for functional betterment, others undergo the knife for cosmetic desires. More flattering contours, better alignment, and size modification can all be attained through a rhinoplasty procedure. Though once considered taboo, a rhinoplasty or “nose job” is now a commonly accepted procedure.
Discussing expectations and potential solutions with a surgeon can help determine if a rhinoplasty procedure is a good option for each patient’s goals.
How to Prepare for Your Surgery
Initial preparation for a rhinoplasty begins with the first consultation with a plastic surgeon. Understanding the goals and acceptable expectations of this procedure sets the tone for achieving optimal results. Preliminary tests, lab work, and financial paperwork may be required prior to surgery. Smoking cessation and medication alternation or cessation (if necessary) may also be required.
Due to the anesthesia that is used in a rhinoplasty procedure, patients will be unable to drive, operate machinery, or perform other routine tasks for a period of time. Arrangements should be made for a friend or family member to provide transport after the surgery, as well as staying with the patient for at least the first night following surgery.
Benefits of Having a Rhinoplasty Performed
Physically, the benefits of having a rhinoplasty procedure can extend from daily life into specific activities. Breathing easement, reduced fatigue, better sleep, and elimination of some health conditions, such as sleep apnea, can be achieved. These benefits can be achieved by altering the size of the nostrils, building up a flat nose, making the nose straighter, and other techniques. The specific goals of each patient will determine the necessary procedure details.
Cosmetic benefits of having a rhinoplasty can be both direct and indirect. Bumps can be removed from the nose, the shape/size of the tip can be altered, and increasing/decreasing the size of the nose are all possible. Resulting benefits of nose alternation can include enhanced self esteem, better self image, and increased confidence. Many other indirect benefits exist as well.