Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty nose surgery can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty nose surgery, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure; when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the surgeon. Please ask your surgeon about anything you don’t understand.
The best candidates for rhinoplasty nose surgery are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.In your initial consultation, the surgeon will ask what you’d like your nose to look like after the nose surgery, evaluate the structure of your nose and face, and discuss the possibilities with you. He will also explain the factors that can influence the procedure and the results. These factors include the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin, your age, and your expectations. Your surgeon will also explain nose surgery techniques, the risks and costs involved, and any options you may have.
Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two, though complicated procedures may take longer. During surgery the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape. The nature of the sculpting will depend on your problem and your surgeon’s preferred technique. Finally, the skin is redraped over the new framework
Most rhinoplasty procedures are performed from within the nose, making their incision inside the nostrils. Others times it is necessary perform an “open” procedure, especially in more complicated cases; where a small incision across the columella, the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils is made. When the surgery is complete, a splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape. Nasal packs or soft plastic splints also may be placed in your nostrils to stabilize the septum, the dividing wall between the air passages.