6 Common Questions About Rhinoplasty Answered

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular of all cosmetic surgeries. This surgical procedure is also the most difficult to perform. But like any other surgery, it’s best to understand what rhinoplasty is all about. Understanding the procedure can also minimise the risk of surgical complications and the possible regret of getting the surgery.

1. What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure for correcting and reconstructing the nose. Through this procedure, one can change the size of the nose, angle of the nose in relation to the lips, or alter any bumps and defects in the nose. Aside from cosmetic purposes, rhinoplasty can also correct defects from birth or trauma in the nose that cause medical problems. The surgery can be done by an Otolaryngologist (nose, eyes, ear, mouth expert) or a Plastic Sugeon.

2. What to Expect?

Like any other cosmetic procedures, rhinoplasty is never absolutely perfect. Furthermore, perfection is subjective. If you are expecting to get a perfect nose, you may have to think twice before undergoing surgery. The objective of a nose job is to make the nose as natural as possible depending on your other facial features. Also keep in mind that a nose that looks great on others may not look as good on you. As rhinoplasty is considered one of the most difficult cosmetic surgeries, revision rates can be as high as 20%. Revision work is also often complicated and even more demanding than the primary surgery. This is the reason why you should look for an experienced and talented surgeon with good track record to avoid having to go through the painful (and costly) process of undoing a botched job.

3. Is It Safe?

Surgeries are actually a safe procedure when done right. But sometimes, things can go wrong and may cause complications. Infection and bleeding are some of the common complications. Poor wound healing and scarring can be experienced after the surgery. A good surgeon can drastically reduce the risk of complications. But remember, good surgical skills alone do not guarantee a good outcome. Bad genes, poor healing responses, and weak cartilages and poor skin can ruin the surgery. Overall health may also have an effect on the outcome of the surgery. For best results, discuss your options with your surgeon.

4. How is it done?

Rhinoplasty is done first by administering anesthesia to the patient. The process will be painless as you will be sedated and brought to sleep. The procedure can last up to two to six hours. First, the surgeon makes incisions in the nose to access the cartilage and the bones. These cartilages or bones may be removed, or tissues can be added depending on the patient’s desired result. Not all patients will undergo the same procedure so it is best to discuss it with your doctor beforehand. After the procedure, the doctor usually require the patient to wear nasal splint to support the nose’s new form.

5. What happens after the Surgery?

After the surgery, the nose and the area around it will be swollen and bruised. The swelling and bruising may subside within a week or two, depending on the patient. One may also experience breathing difficulties until the swelling subsides. Minor headaches may be experienced. After three to four weeks, most of the results of the surgery become apparent. The nose starts to set and the new form becomes noticeable. It may take 9 to 12 months to see the full results of the surgery.

6. Should I Undergo Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty today is more accurate and safer than it was years before due to the advancements in the surgical techniques. With the right surgeon and a good health, rhinoplasty can give you a beautiful nose that you’ve always wanted. Furthermore, did you know rhinoplasty can also be done to improve your breathing function? If you are still undecided, talk to your surgeon and they will help you understand your options.

Walter Escobedo is an entrepreneur, former medical volunteer and a writer. He is passionate towards health, fitness, and diet. He is also a recipient of numerous awards in the field of medicine for his contributions and efforts on corporate social responsibility