Rhinoplasty - general information, types, and the most popular myths

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Rhinoplasty is the cosmetic surgery that aims to correct the shape and size of the nose. The decision taken in favor of this kind of intervention may come either for aesthetic or medical reasons and is intended to restore the balance of the individual physiognomy. The nose is the central component of the face; thus, any small change can greatly improve its overall appearance.

The surgery can be performed over the nasal pyramid, nasal lobe or nostrils, for corrective, reconstructive, and aesthetic purposes. Depending on the desired results, this cosmetic surgery can produce reduction or ascension, correction of asymmetries and deformities of the lobe and nasal body.

The decision of the surgery is made together with the cosmetic surgeon, during an informative consultation. It aims both to understand the motivations and desires behind this decision and to outline the clinical profile of the patient. All this information helps in assessing the optimal solutions for the problem found. During this consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will also inform the patient about the important details of the intervention, the risks and possible complications, and the behavior imposed postoperatively, respectively.

What does rhinoplasty surgery involve?

This surgery can be performed under conditions of local (for interventions in the lobe area, other minor interventions) or general anesthesia. However, the recommendation is to go for general anesthesia to avoid any discomfort.

The intervention itself lasts between 1.5-4 hours and involves the modification of the skeletal bones and cartilaginous skeleton of the nose, using an endonasal approach. The operation will not leave visible scars.

There are two types of rhinoplasty – the classic surgery and rhinoseptoplasty (a combination between rhinoplasty and septoplasty). In very particular cases, a minimally invasive intervention is also possible – we’re talking about the liquid rhinoplasty, a procedure that involves the injection of hyaluronic acid.

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Before and after rhinoplasty (doctor's archive)

Recovery period

The postoperative period begins with a mandatory hospitalization of 24 hours. After that, the patient can continue his/her recovery at home, strictly following the instructions received after surgery, periodically returning to all planned checkups.

During the first 3 months after surgery, it is recommended to avoid sun exposure, cold or excessive heat because the skin is extremely sensitive. Socio-professional activities can be resumed approximately 2 weeks after the intervention. It is forbidden to wear glasses for 5-6 weeks. It is recommended to stop smoking at least one month before the rhinoplasty operation and during the entire recovery period.

The most common myths about rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is an intervention for women

Although the majority of people that request such surgeries is represented by women, rhinoplasty is not a procedure dedicated exclusively to them. Fortunately, in recent years, more and more men are opting for this operation, most often being associated with the repair of respiratory difficulties.

Rhinoplasty is a simple procedure

The nose is a highly sensitive organ, which makes rhinoplasty one of the most complex surgeries. During the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon must pay more attention to all the movements he makes to obtain the nose in perfect symmetry, harmony with the other face elements.

The bruisings around the eyes are the result of bone fractures

Nose reshaping involves an intervention over the cartilage that forms the tip of the nose, septum, and nasal bones. Thus, possible injuries to neighboring tissues (for example, the lower eyelids), as bruisings around the eyes are more than natural. Their healing takes place shortly after the end of the surgery.

Rhinoplasty is an extremely painful operation

Rhinoplasty – the intervention itself – does not involve pain after surgery. The discomfort occurs during the recovery period, once the effect of the anesthesia has ended, due to the performed reshaping. Healing is quick and easy, as long as all the instructions received from the cosmetic surgeon are strictly followed.

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Before and after rhinoplasty (doctor's archive)

Rhinoplasty is a complex surgery, with major benefits on the quality of life, self-esteem, and body health. Before making any decision, it is recommendeprod that the patient goes through a complex information process, followed by an initial consultation with the cosmetic surgeon.

Updated: 2020-12-11

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Aesthetic plastic surgery specialist, OMINI Clinic founder, in Iasi. His specialities are breast implants and rhinoplasty, However, in the last few years, he dedicates to body remodeling through liposuction, also with larger surgeries combined with tummy tucks or lipofilling.

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