On the face, the nose is one of the most noticeable features. Whether it be proportionate or not, it’s not only a critical part of the face but it’s also essential for breathing. In most cases, the nose is the appropriate shape and size but for some people, the nose can alter how someone looks and can be overly unappealing. The nose can also be destructive, consisting of a deviated septum. A deviated septum can obstruct the nasal airway and make trouble for the person breathing. If you feel as if your nose is obstructing your airway or the appeal in your face, a Rhinoplasty aka a ‘nose job’ might be something you want to consider. Common problems that a rhinoplasty can treat are:
- Nose width
- Nose size
- Nose profile
- Nose tip
- Enlarged nostrils
- Deviated Septum
- Asymmetry of the nose
Aside from the unhappiness a patient may experience when it comes to their nose, an airway obstruction caused by a deviated septum can lead to a lot more problems associated with an unappealing nose. Having a deviated septum can cause frequent sinus infections, nosebleeds, headaches, nasal drips and trouble sleeping. Although in some cases there may be no symptoms, having a rhinoplasty can greatly help those that suffer.
Am I a candidate?
Patients of all ages can benefit from undergoing a Rhinoplasty. Nose reshaping is one of the more common procedures done however, there are a few things cosmetic surgeon’s consider prior to determining whether or not Rhinoplasty is suitable for the patient. First and foremost, your nose must physically be fully formed. Surgeons won’t operate on a patient’s nose if the nose hasn’t fully grown. If the patient is young, they must understand the cosmetic surgery process as well as demonstrate maturity for the procedure. Regardless of age, it’s extremely important to understand and have realistic expectations. A Rhinoplasty won’t yield perfect results. You may have certain expectations for what your nose will look like post-procedure but the surgeon can only reshape the nose so much. Side effects and complications are very possible and experiencing pain post surgery is almost inevitable.
With any manipulation of the natural physiology of the human body, risks are always involved. Although Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures done each year, many risks are still probable so it’s important to understand each one fully. Risks involved with Rhinoplasty aren’t very common however, they are of possibility. Risks involved with the Rhinoplasty procedure are:
- Anesthesia complications
- Nose Bleeds
- Bruising (under and around the eyes as well as the nose)
- Permanent nerve damage
Following your surgeon’s instructions pre and post surgery is crucial in keeping complications at bay. Prior to signing the informed consent of treatment for your surgery be sure to ask and have all questions answered.
When it comes to seeing optimal results, be sure to hold onto your patience. The nose, especially the tip of the nose, is known to hold onto swelling. Putting a timeline on your specific recovery time is something you may want to avoid as it may take much longer to see your results than expected. Some common factors that influence results from a Rhinoplasty are the thickness of the skin of the nose, the specific technique done by your surgeon, possible steroids (if used) and whether or not you undergo a secondary operation on top of the Rhinoplasty to reshape your nose. Be sure to attend all of your follow-up appointments with your doctor. It’s important for your doctor to keep track of your healing process. Follow your provider’s strict post-procedure instructions to ensure optimal recovery and healing.