Rinoplasty – Corrections of the nose

Rinoplasty – Corrections of the nose

The rinoplasty, nose surgery or ‘nose job’, is the most frequently-practiced type of cosmetic surgery.
It is also one of the most attractive for patients, both because the incisions made leave no visible scarring and because the surgical technique is by now so refined that it is now possible to reshape the nose without leaving any sign at all that it has been changed through an operation.
This operation can have both a cosmetic effect – eliminating a lump on the bridge of the nose, a large tip of the nose, a wide nose etc. – or also an improvement in terms of functionality, in cases of breathing problems or tissue decay.
 

When and why?

  • After the age of 18 as before the development of the bone is not yet completed.
  • If not satisfied by the look of your nose.
  • If you experience difficulty breathing due to problems in development of the nostrils.

To find a new balance and greater trust in oneself.

Surgical Technique

Before any nose operation, it is first vitally important to make a full assessment of the patient in terms of aesthetics, functionality and psychological expectations.
The reshaping of the nose cannot be improvised in any way, but must be based in an extremely precise program which takes into account various elements: the wishes of the patient, the nasal structure, the profile of the face, and the aesthetic ideal which inspires the surgeon performing the operation. This ideal determines that the length of the nose is equal to the height of its front and the distance between the base of the nose to the point of the chin.
Technically speaking, the surgeon modifies, by means of incisions made inside the nose, the bone-cartilage structure of the nose according to the wishes of the patient.
The skin, which is completely separated from the structure of the nose, is then adapted to the new shape of the nose.
Correction of the point of the nose is usually made when it is too long, too large, crooked or drooping.
The cartilage around this point is reshaped or removed as necessary and the operation can then deal with other parts of the nose which are to be adjusted.
The operation takes place under general or local anaesthetic with sedation, and the patient spends one night in the clinic to recover.
 

Post Operation

The operation is not in itself painful.

The only inconvenience is that for one or two days after the operation the nostrils are closed up, meaning that the patient must breathe only through the mouth, while the nose is protected by a small protective plaster, which is then removed after one week.
There may be some extra secretions from the nose or one or two drops of blood but this should not cause any concern: it is enough to apply some cotton wool to dry them up.
The stitches used dissolve themselves and don’t therefore need to be removed by the surgeon.
At this point the presence of edema at the roots and sides of the nose will vary from case to case.
A massage of the nose 2-3 times a day will help this disappear more quickly.
There may also be some swelling and bruising around the eyes which will go away after a few days after the operation.
The new definition of the nose will become truly apparent after 6-12 months, before which the patient may experience a reduction in sensitivity, which will then gradually return.
Normal activity can be taken up again after a week , except for sport, where you should wait a minimum of a month and a half.
It is also recommended to avoid direct exposure to sunlight for at least 2 months and full strength sunblock should be applied.
 

Summary

Anaesthetic: local with sedation if necessary
Operation time: 1 hour
Recovery time in clinic: 24 hours
Number of types of medication: 2
Recovery period: 7 days