Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is surgery to change the shape of your nose by modifying the bone or cartilage. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common types of plastic surgery
People get rhinoplasty to repair their nose after an injury, to correct breathing problems or a birth defect or because they’re unhappy with the appearance of their nose
Candidates for surgery
‣ Ideal candidates for Rhinoplasty are those who are looking for :
‣ A change in size of nose
‣ A change in angle of nose
‣ Straightening of the bridge of nose
‣ Reshaping of the tip of nose
‣ Narrowing of the nostrils
Rhinoplasty can be done in a hospital, a doctors office, or an outpatient surgical facility. Your doctor will use local or general anesthesia. If it’s a simple procedure, you’ll receive local anesthesia to your nose, which will also numb your face. You may also get medication through an IV line that makes you groggy, but you will still be awake.
Once you are numb or unconscious, your surgeon will make cuts between or inside your nostrils. They’ll separate your skin from your cartilage or bone and then start the reshaping. If your new nose needs a small amount of additional cartilage, your doctor may remove some from your ear or deep inside your nose. If more is needed, you might get an implant or a bone graft. A bone graft is an additional bone that’s added to the bone in your nose
The procedure usually takes between one and two hours. If the surgery is complex, it can take longer.
Recovery from Rhinoplasty
After surgery, your doctor may place a plastic or metal splint on your nose. The splint will help your nose retain its new shape while it heals. They may also place nasal packs or splints inside your nostrils to stabilize your septum, which is the part of your nose between your nostrils.
For a few days after your surgery, you might experience drainage and bleeding. A drip pan, which is a piece of gauze taped below your nose, can absorb blood and mucus. Your doctor will tell you how often to change your drip pad.
Be especially careful about sun exposure. Too much could permanently discolor the skin around your nose. You should be able to return to work or school in a week.
Rhinoplasty can affect the area around your eyes, and you might have temporary numbness, swelling, or discoloration around your eyelids for a few weeks. In rare cases, this can last for six months, and slight swelling could persist even longer. You can apply cold compresses or ice packs to decrease discoloration and swelling.