Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most common
and delicate of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty
can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change
the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span
of the nostrils. Aside from certain aesthetic ideals
for each race, you must look for harmony and proportion
between facial features.
Patient must think carefully about their expectations
and discuss them with the surgeon
Persons who have completed their growth spurt (16 to
17 years old) are good candidates for nose surgery.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and
sedatives, and it's usually done on an outpatient basis.
As for scarring, when rhinoplasty is performed from
inside the nose, there is no visible scarring at all,
except in more complicated cases when a small incision
is made across the columella or when the procedure calls
for the narrowing of flared nostrils.
During surgery the bone and cartilage are sculpted
to the desired shape and the skin redraped over the
When the surgery is complete, a splint will be applied
for seven days to help your nose maintain its new shape.
Nasal packs also may be placed in your nostrils only
when there was excessive bleeding or in case of a deviated
After the surgery, the patient must stay in bed for
two days and after that must be sedentary until the
splint is removed and restrain from physical activity
and exposure to the sun for a month. Swelling and bruising
varies from patient to patient. Some hematoma around
the eyelids may appear but should disappear within two
weeks or so.
Aside from aesthetics, the respiratory function must
be evaluated, checking for a deviated septum that might
cause an obstruction of the air passages which must
be corrected during the same operation.
From an aesthetic point of view, the nose must be evaluated
from all angles, trying to achieve facial harmony.