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Nose Surgery

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States, as it’s the perfect solution to those who are unhappy with the size and shape of their nose. This procedure can improve the balance and proportion of your features.

Rhinoplasty in the cosmetic procedure in which a surgeon modifies the shape and size of the nose, and it can be performed for both aesthetic reasons and functional reasons, as many breathing problems can be improved with this surgery.

The Procedure

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that is typically performed under general anesthesia, although some cases may only require a local anesthetic. It is important to discuss your medical history with your surgeon to determine the best anesthesia option for you.

Nose surgery can be performed as an open or closed procedure, the main difference being where in the nose the incisions are made. In closed nose surgery, incisions are made inside the nose, eliminating the appearance of scarring. With open nose surgery an additional incision is made across the columella (the thin strip of tissue that separates the nostrils). While this may leave behind a small mark, it gives your surgeon greater access to the nasal tissue and is ideal when extensive changes are being made to the nose. Your cosmetic surgeon will decide the best treatment option for you based on your desired results.

Am I a Candidate for Nose Surgery?

Anyone who feels unhappy with the appearance of their nose, or deals with some kind of breathing problem due to trauma or structural abnormalities can be a candidate for nose surgery. Although there isn’t an age limit for this procedure, it’s recommended to wait until age 15, or when the nose has finished growing. There can always be exceptions to that rule.

Is Nose Surgery Safe for Teens?

Although rhinoplasty is a very popular among teenagers, it is extremely important for teenage patients to ensure that the decision is solely the patient’s, and meets with the parents approval.

What Specific Goals Can a Nose Surgery Meet?

Some of the most common goals a Rhinoplasty can achieve are:

  • Aesthetic:
    • Narrowing the bridge of the nose.
    • Projecting the tip of the nose.
    • Correcting a droopy nose tip
    • Widening or narrowing the nostrils.
    • Straightening a crooked nose.
    • Reshaping the tip of the nose.
    • Altering the columella
    • Shortening a long nose
    • Lengthening a short nose
  • Functional:
    • Fix breathing problems caused by narrow nasal passages
    • Correct birth defects

A good nose surgery candidate should have realistic expectations and specific goals and discusses it with the cosmetic surgeon ahead of time. Good candidates should be physically healthy and emotionally prepared for both the cosmetic surgery itself and the time needed for recovery.

An initial nose surgery consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon can provide the patient with all the necessary information. After an examination the surgeon will assess whether the individual patient is a good candidate for nose surgery.

Some of the risks associated with a nose surgery are the same as with any other procedure, like bleeding, infections, and reaction to medication. There are some unique risks as burst blood vessels that can leave small scars. To avoid any risks, the best thing you can do is follow carefully all the instructions a recommendations given by your surgeon.

Revision(secondary) nose surgery is a cosmetic procedure that is performed when the outcome of the original nose surgery does not satisfy the patient’s need. Patients may be unhappy with the appearance of their nose, or may experience functional difficulty following surgery. Traumatic injury following nose surgery is another reason why individuals may opt for another corrective surgery. Revision nose surgery is similar to primary procedure in that it can be performed as an “open” or “closed’ procedure. The purpose of your nose surgery revision will dictate the type of surgery you receive.

Factors influencing your candidacy for revision nose surgery include how many nose surgery procedures you have had before, what you hope to accomplish with a revision nose job, and the amount of nasal tissue currently in your nose. Patients who have significant scar tissue from previous surgeries may not be ideal for revision nose surgery.

The recovery for a rhinoplasty can last several weeks, and your commitment to follow your surgeon’s instructions and recommendations is key to ensure the best results.

The average downtime for this surgery is of two weeks, after that you will be able to go back to work, but always protecting your nose, avoiding any strenuous activities and not wearing glasses for about four weeks.

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