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What is a Rhinoplasy?

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a "nose job," is a surgical procedure that aims to alter the size, shape, or appearance of the nose. The procedure can be performed for both aesthetic and functional reasons, such as improving breathing difficulties caused by a deviated septum.  

How is a Rhinoplasty done?

Rhinoplasty can be performed using either an open or closed technique, depending on the extent of the procedure and the surgeon's preference. In an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision on the columella, which is the small strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, and then lifts the skin to access the underlying nasal structures. In a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nostrils, which eliminates any visible scarring.  During the procedure, the surgeon may remove bone or cartilage to reduce the size of the nose or add grafts to augment the shape of the nose. The nose can also be straightened or repositioned to improve symmetry and balance with the rest of the face. The procedure typically takes several hours and is performed under anesthesia.  

After rhinoplasty, patients will need to follow specific post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications. This may include wearing a nasal splint or packing, avoiding strenuous physical activity, and keeping the head elevated to reduce swelling.  

While rhinoplasty can significantly improve the appearance and function of the nose, it is important to have realistic expectations and understand that the final results may take several months to fully manifest. 

Benefits of a Rhinoplasty

  • Improved breathing: Rhinoplasty can address functional issues, such as a deviated septum, that can cause breathing difficulties. By correcting structural abnormalities, rhinoplasty can improve airflow and reduce snoring.  

  • Enhanced facial symmetry: The nose is a prominent facial feature that can affect the overall balance and proportion of the face. Rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of the nose, making it more aesthetically pleasing and harmonious with the rest of the face. 

  • Increased self-confidence: Many people feel self-conscious about the size, shape, or appearance of their nose, which can negatively impact their self-esteem. Rhinoplasty can help to address these concerns, allowing patients to feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin.  

  • Correction of birth defects or trauma: Rhinoplasty can correct congenital defects, such as a cleft nose or a bulbous tip, or address nasal injuries caused by trauma, such as a broken nose.  

  • Improved sinus health: By addressing structural issues that can cause sinus problems, such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates, rhinoplasty can improve sinus health and reduce the frequency and severity of sinus infections.  

  • Long-lasting results: Results are typically long-lasting, with most patients experiencing a significant improvement in the appearance and function of their nose for many years following the procedure.  

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