Aesthetic and functional surgery of the nose

Rhinoplasty

Practiced since ancient times, rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgeries and is one of the procedures that can harmonize facial features – as the central organ of the face, nose sets balance between the other elements.

Informations about the medical procedure

A deformed nose not only transforms the overall look of the face, but may be the cause to physical complexes, therefore its aesthetic shortcomings leads patients to see the plastic surgeon. Hence, rhinoplasty is the right remedy for patients dissatisfied with the shape of the nose, it involves a wide range of surgical procedures designed to correct certain deformities or breathing problems, but also to restore a youthful appearance.

This type of surgery is done in two ways: closed and open. The first way requires incisions inside the nostrils extended, in some cases, to the base of the columella. After exposure of the targeted anatomical elements, their resizing and / or repositioning is made, the intervention ends with fine sutures and immobilization of the tissue around the nose with a splint to protect the new shape. Unlike closed rhinoplasty, the open one involves creating a wider access, which allows more extensive and complex changes (septoplasty, turbinectomy, cartilage/fascia grafts, etc.).

Rhinoplasty does not address only to patients who wish a nicer nose, but also those with breathing problems caused by possible congenital septal deviations or resulting from trauma. Besides the pleasant appearance, a nose must also be functional and rhinoplasty is the answer to both desires.

Consultation

From the first consultation, the patient should express their expectations regarding the outcome contemplated for after surgery. The surgeon, in turn, must be made aware of the entire medical history of the patient, to decide whether the intervention is recommended or not. The doctor will first evaluate the structure, shape and size of the nose, and the skin quality, then he we will explain to the person consulted the changes that need to be made.

Duration

Between one to two hours.

Anesthesia

Local or general (preferably).

Hospitalization

One or two days.

Side effects and surgical risks

Edema and ecchymosis (contusions) of the eyes, nose and sometimes the face.

After surgery advice

The ecchymosis and swelling under the eyes will accentuate in the first two to three days after surgery, so the patient is advised to use cold compresses and an ointment based on arnica and vitamin K to speed up their resorbtion. If the operated person feels pain the doctor will prescribe analgesics. During first days after surgery, the patient will be asked to remain in bed, in an elevated position, and will be advised to avoid sneezing or blowing the nose in order not to jeopardize the tissues. Also contact sports are forbidden for six weeks after surgery.

Contraindications

People prone to allergies may be contraindicated this procedure.

Recovery

Varies, from one to two weeks.