People who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose and those who have certain nose related medical problems may be able to benefit greatly from a rhinoplasty procedure. Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure used to alter the height, length, and width of the nose. This procedure can also straighten a bent nose, change the shape of the bridge, tip, or nostrils, and change the angle between the nose and the lip. Aside from the aesthetic benefits of rhinoplasty, the procedure can also help correct breathing problems and asthetic appearance.
The Ideal Candidate for Rhinoplasty
The ideal candidates for rhinoplasty are people in good physical and emotional health who have a good understanding about the risks and benefits associated with the procedure. Potential candidates should also have clear expectations for the outcome of the procedure.
In order to ensure safety, potential candidates should also provide their surgeon with their complete medical history, including current diseases or conditions as well as any medications being used. This information helps the doctor determine the relative risks to the patient and also avoid any unnecessary complications.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis under a general anesthesia and typically take between one and four hours to complete. The specific technique used for rhinoplasty will be determined on an individual basis, but can be “closed” or “open” depending on the goals of the surgery.
After the procedure, patients should expect to limit their daily activities for two to six weeks in order to recover. Rhinoplasty patients usually experience some swelling, bruising, discomfort and numbness for the first week or so after surgery. These are the most common side effects of rhinoplasty procedures, although sometimes more serious complications can occur.