Also called a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in the U.S. and worldwide, using a variety of techniques to address a broad array of issues including:
Rhinoplasty can also be used to treat issues that make it difficult to breathe through the nose or cause noisy breathing. \Because of its central location, the nose plays a significant role in overall facial appearance, and patients who have rhinoplasty often experience significant improvements in self-confidence.
Collaboration between the patient and the doctor prior to surgery is essential for ensuring the best outcome. Once the patient has discussed their concerns and treatment goals, a surgical plan is carefully mapped out based on the patient's unique anatomy and facial shape. During the procedure, different approaches can be used. Many rhinoplasty procedures can be performed using incisions placed inside the nose so scars are completely hidden. Sometimes, small incisions may need to be made on the exterior of the nose, usually hidden along the side or bottom of the nose. After exposing the cartilage and bone, special instruments are used to carefully reshape or reposition nasal features. Tiny implants also may be used to build up or define areas that are too small or irregularly formed. Finally, the overlying skin will be redraped and sutured in place, and a dressing and splint will be placed over the nose to provide support and to keep the area clean.
After surgery, bruising and swelling in the area will occur, lasting for about one to two weeks. Glasses must not be worn for about two months. Most patients return to the office and other non-strenuous activities within a week to 10 days.
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