rhinoplasty reshapes the nose
Nose surgery, formally known as rhinoplasty, has been a popular cosmetic surgery procedure for decades. Colloquially known as a nose job, rhinoplasty reshapes the nose to achieve harmony with the rest of the face. This may mean reducing its size, removing a bump on the bridge, or a variety of other changes. Nose surgery can also correct defects, whether congenital or from injury, to enable the patient to breath more efficiently.
Dr. Trovato performs rhinoplasty for a variety of different end goals. Patients have the following reasons for the surgery, among others:
There are two techniques
used in the surgery
In a “closed rhinoplasty,” the incisions are hidden within the nostrils. In an “open rhinoplasty,” the incisions are made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. In both techniques, Dr. Trovato gradually lifts away the soft tissues that cover the nose. The underlying bone and cartilage are then contoured to the desired shape. If an augmentation is done, the additional cartilage needed may be taken from the patient’s septum. In the case of a deviated septum or injury repair, the septum and the nose’s inner structures will be adjusted to promote proper breathing. The soft tissues are then put back in place and stitched close. If nostril reshaping is desired, it can be done during the final phase of the rhinoplasty.
The entire procedure generally lasts one to two hours.
unsatisfaction with the current size or shape
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are those 13 years old and above. Why? The nose is generally fully developed by age 13. The candidate must also be unsatisfied with the current size or shape of his or her nose. But they must be realistic with expectations. A new nose is just that, not an entirely new person.
For some time after the procedure, rhinoplasty patients can expect some puffiness in the area, nose ache, bruising and swelling, a dull headache, stuffiness, or bleeding. Most of these issues usually pass within two days, and most patients can return to work in about a week.
Days after the surgery, results from the nose surgery will become more apparent, especially after the swelling subsides. However, the swelling may return time and again over that first year after surgery. It can be especially prevalent in the morning, gradually fading throughout the day. Patients who wear glasses may have to tape their glasses to their foreheads or position them snugly on the cheeks for about seven weeks after the procedure.
There may be minor complications that come with rhinoplasty, yet they are quite rare. Some of these risks include nosebleed, anesthetic reactions, and infection. Dr. Trovato will discuss these risks with you during your consultation.
Revision or secondary rhinoplasty corrects deformities caused by a previous operation on the nose. It is a more difficult procedure to perform than primary rhinoplasty because there is less cartilage to work with and there may be scarring or tissue contracture (tightening). However, skilled plastic surgeons can improve both the appearance and the function of the nose.
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