Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty
Most people know rhinoplasty by the more common term “nose job.” It is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose for aesthetic or functional reasons. Men and women undergo rhinoplasty to alter the width of their nose, change the shape, remove a bump, make it easier to breathe, or make the bridge, tip, or nostrils smaller.
Men and women are both suitable for rhinoplasty. It’s also okay for teens once they’ve gone through their growth spurt. Doctors look for patients who are in good physical and emotional health. Patients must understand that a nose job is meant t to improve the nose’s shape and will not always be able to create a perfect nose.
Rhinoplasty surgery starts with an incision made either at the bottom of the nose or inside the nose. The skin on the nose is separated from the bone and underlying cartilage. Bone and cartilage is trimmed to create the desired shape. The incisions are then closed. As a final step, the doctor puts a splint in place to support the new shape while it heals.
After a rhinoplasty, you’ll have swelling that may subside quickly or last for months. You should not engage in any strenuous activities for two or three weeks, but you can return to work in a week or two.
Because rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, there is some risk. For most people, the risk is minimal. However, bleeding, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia do occur in rare occasions.
Once a rhinoplasty is performed, expect the results to last a lifetime. The only changes you’ll experience are due to the natural process of aging.