What is Rhinoplasty?
The nose – a defining feature of the face, yet functionally also an important part of the face. Rhinoplasty refers to cosmetic surgery of the nose – it is performed to reshape and resize the nose and correct any problems in breathing. A safe procedure, it can also change the width of the nose bridge and helps with corrections on the position of the nasal tip, size and symmetry of the nostrils and any crests and troughs that may be visible on the nose.
Who Does Rhinoplasty Help?
Rhinoplasty helps people address aesthetic and functional problems with the nose. If you are troubled with any of the following, you may opt for rhinoplasty –
- Dorsal humps and saddle noses.
- Presence of an asymmetric set of nostrils.
- Breathing problems associated with a deviated septum.
- Round and bulbous nose.
- Broad or blunt nose.
- Snoring while sleeping.
- Bent nose due to fracture.
Opting for rhinoplasty due to any of these issues will help correct breathing problems or give your face a more pleasing look by making it smaller, slimmer, sharper, and help remove abnormalities. Bear in mind though – rhinoplasty does not give you a new nose or affect your normal breathing.
Rhinoplasty – The Procedure
Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess your aesthetic and functional needs. Septoplasty is functional rhinoplasty and is performed on patients suffering from breathing problems like snoring, deviated septum. On the other hand, patients with a broken nose or asymmetrical nose may opt for rhinoplasty to straighten the nose for better aesthetic appeal.
Rhinoplasty, or nose job as it is commonly called, is performed under general anaesthesia. The surgeon will add or remove bones and cartilage from the nose, based on the assessment of requirement. Fat grafts or fillers may also be used additionally to enhance the aesthetics after discussion with the patient.
While conventional surgical techniques tend to be imprecise and can cause irregularities in the facial contours, Dr Priya Bansal also uses Piezotome to perform ultrasonic rhinoplasty – this helps in making precise bone cuts and correct minor irregularities and asymmetry without damaging the underlying structures.
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Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure with fast recovery.
- A splint is placed after the surgery, which is removed in 7-9 days, after which you may resume normal activities. Heavy workout should be resumed only after consultation, and not before a month.
- The nostrils are covered and packed with paraffin gauze for the first couple of days.
- The doctor will ask you to wear a patch on your upper lip which you need to change several times a day.
- Keep your nose away from direct sunlight for a few days.
- It takes a few days for bruises and swelling to diminish, and complete recovery takes up to a few months.
Meet Dr Priya Bansal, a gold medalist female plastic surgeon, to learn more about the procedure and its benefits. With years of experience behind her, Dr Bansal believes in high-level surgical care and meeting the patient’s needs