Rhinoplasty uses different techniques to address specific issues, including:
Because the nose is located in the central portion of the face, rhinoplasty can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of the entire face, helping patients achieve improved aesthetics, better symmetry and a more pleasing balance among the features. Rhinoplasty may also be referred to as nose reshaping or a “nose job.”
The specific approach will depend on the issue that is being addressed by the surgery, but generally speaking, the procedure will begin with incisions made either outside the nose along the creases where the nose meets the face to camouflage incisions or inside the nose where incisions cannot be seen. Once the cartilage, bone, and other tissues are exposed, special instruments will be used to remove and reshape the tissue, then the skin and other tissues will be redraped, and the incisions will be closed using very tiny sutures. The nose may be packed with surgical gauze to control bleeding and swelling, and a bandage and splint will also be used to help protect the nose and “hold” it in its new position during the initial stages of healing.
After rhinoplasty, there will be swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose, and compresses and painkillers can be used to reduce discomfort. There will be some limitations on activities like bending and lifting during the first week or so. The head should also be kept elevated during this time to help reduce swelling. About a week after surgery, the splint will be removed. Bruising and swelling usually resolve entirely by about two weeks after surgery.
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