How is a rhinoplasty treatment carried out?
The steps involved in rhinoplasty surgery are as follows:
First step: anesthesia
During the surgical procedure, you will receive medication for comfort.
General anesthesia or intravenous sedation are the options.
The option that is ideal for you will be advised by your doctor.
Step 2: Making the cut
An open rhinoplasty involves making an incision across the columella, the thin strip of tissue separating the nostrils, as opposed to a closed rhinoplasty, which conceals incisions inside the nose.
The skin covering the nasal bones and cartilages is gradually elevated through these incisions, providing access to alter the nose's structure.
open columella-crossing incision during rhinoplasty
Step 3: Reshaping the structure of the nose
Bone or cartilage removal may be used to constrict an excessively big nose.
In some cases, cartilage grafts may be added during nose surgery.
The cartilage most frequently used for this purpose comes from the septum, the partition in the middle of the nose.
On rare occasions, a piece of rib cartilage or ear cartilage can be used.
Correcting a deviated septum in Step 4
To enhance breathing, a deviated septum can be straightened and the protrusion inside the nose can be diminished.
Closing the incision is step five.
The nasal skin and tissue are redraped, incisions are closed, and the nose's underlying structure is moulded into the desired shape.
To change the size of the nostrils, further incisions may be made in their folds.
Step 6: Examine the outcomes
Splints and gauze packing may be used to support the nose for a few days as it starts to mend.
Find out more about the outcomes of rhinoplasty.
What can I anticipate from my post-rhinoplasty recovery?
To support and protect the new structures during early healing after rhinoplasty, you can have a splint or packing within your nose and bandages or a splint on the outside.
While the initial swelling quickly goes down, it could take up to a year for your new nose contour to become completely refined.
You might observe subtle changes in your nose's look during this period as it develops into a more permanent result.
During the first year after your rhinoplasty surgery, swelling may come and go and get worse in the morning.
You'll receive detailed instructions, which can include:
Care instructions for the surgery site
medications that can be used topically or taken orally to promote healing and lower the risk of infection
specific issues to watch for following surgery or with your general health
when to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon.
Ask your rhinoplasty surgeon specific questions about what to anticipate throughout your unique recovery period by making sure to:
Where will I be taken when my procedure is finished?
What prescription drugs will I receive or be given following surgery?
After surgery, will I have dressings or bandages?
Will they be taken out when?
Are the sutures taken out?
When can I get back to my regular routine and exercise?
When do I go back for additional treatment?