Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the nose and sometimes the function of the nose as well. The nose can be altered by reducing or increasing the overall size, removing a hump, changing the angle between the nose and the upper lip, changing the shape of the tip or the bridge, or narrowing the span of the nostrils. Some breathing problems may also be treated during the rhinoplasty procedure.
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General anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation may be used for rhinoplasty. Incisions are made either within the inside of the nose or both inside of the nose and one small one under the tip of the nose. The skin is then separated from the underlying bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape. The skin is redraped over the new framework and the incisions are closed. Rhinoplasty generally takes between one and two hours to complete.
Patients may experience some discomfort during the first few days after surgery, but this can be controlled with prescription pain medication.Antibiotics and other medicines, such as a saline nose spray, may be prescribed as well. The splints and stitches are typically removed within six or seven days after surgery. Patients may also experience some bruising which will fade enough so that you feel comfortable in social situations by around the tenth day after surgery. Swelling is common and may take months to fully fade. Within one to two weeks most patients can return to work. However, it will be two to three weeks before more strenuous activities can be resumed. Patients are typically able to return to work within one to two weeks after rhinoplasty.
Who is the best candidate for rhinoplasty?
Physically healthy men and women who have realistic expectations and are interested in improving the appearance and/or function of the nose are potential candidates for rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is often postponed on younger patients until the nose has completed its growth, which is around the age of fourteen for girls and a bit later for boys. A facelift can improve all of these problems. Now a days less aggressive treatment for this particular problem i.e called as threadlift is available, in which barbed threads are passed from hidden areas (under the hairline) and tissue is pulled in the desired direction.
Are there any age restrictions for undergoing rhinoplasty?
It’s generally advised that rhinoplasty not to be performed on younger patients until the nose has completed its growth. This tends to occur around the age of fourteen for girls and a bit later for boys.