A rhinoplasty, also called nose surgery, nose job or septorhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure that changes the shape or improves the function of the nose.
The purpose of the surgery is to reshape the nose (either smaller or bigger) to make it fit better with other facial feature, or to resolve breathing problems. Possible surgical changes include, change in size, change in angle, change in nose or nostrils, septum correction or nasal polyp removal.
The surgery may be performed by an ENT (ear, nose & throat) specialist, a plastic surgeon or a maxillofacial surgeon.
Before the procedure, patients will have an initial consultation session with the surgeon to align their expectations with possible results and outcomes. The consultation also includes photographing the nose from various angles. These shots will be used for assessing the long-term results of surgery and may be referred to during the surgery. Furthermore, the doctor will ask about any medication the patient takes and may ask not to take some before the surgery.
Besides above, there are some general recommendation as:
The patient is usually administrated with local or general anesthesia before nose surgery begins.
The surgeon will then make an incision to raise the skin that covers nasal bones and cartilage. The incision is either inside nostrils where has no visible scarring or outside of the nose at the base. Through the incision the surgeon will have access to reshape the structure of the nose using different methods such as rasping off the hump, shaving cartilaginous, removing fat from the tip, implanting bones, etc. If the septum is deviated it can be corrected to improve breathing.
The surgeon will suture the incision at the end and will stabilize the nose using bandage if required.
A nose job surgery either changes the shape of the nose or improves the function of the nose.
Patients should expect pain, temporary numbness, swelling, bruising, on and off drainage or bleeding, changes in sense of smell and discoloration around eyes for couple of days. All will gradually reduce and disappear.
The rhinoplasty recovery period is not difficult and patients can usually return to work in a week, but there are certain recommendations that patients need to keep in mind after the surgery:
Rhinoplasty healing time is upto a year and the final nose shape will be revealed in around 11-12 months.