Known colloquially as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is a procedure that aims to improve the proportions of a patient’s nose and improve overall facial proportion and harmony. It’s used to correct a range of aesthetic issues that may impact an individual’s self-confidence, but also be a solution to impaired breathing as a result of structural problems in the nose itself.
The process of a rhinoplasty procedure can differ depending on the desires of the patient and how much work is needed. For most, cuts are made within the nostril, though more complex procedures will necessitate addition cuts at the base of the nose. After this, the bone and cartilage instead are reshaped and adjusted to match the goals of the patient.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty and What to Expect
There are a lot of potential benefits that can be expected from rhinoplasty. It can be used to correct nose size in proportion to other features, to change nose width at the bridge, to alter the shape and position of the nostrils. It can also correct bumps or depressions in the bridge of the nose, nasal tip issues, and improve nasal symmetry.
Most of the benefits of rhinoplasty are aesthetic, but it’s often used to treat a deviated septum. This can improve airflow and breathing, providing a solution to sleep apnea amongst other issues.
It is important to manage expectations with any cosmetic surgery. There is no such thing as a perfect nose and, while rhinoplasty can elevate the structures of your nose and improve facial harmony, you should discuss your expectations during the consultation to make sure that they are realistic.
Potential Candidates for Rhinoplasty
If you want aesthetic improvements that can be aided by changes to your nose, or you want to correct any problems with your breathing, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. It ensures better results that patients are done growing before choosing this surgery. During the teenage years and early adulthood, the facial structure can still undergo changes, meaning your nose might not look the same some years after the surgery. Besides that, it’s important to ensure that your surgeon is aware of any medical conditions, including chronic diseases, and medication during the consultation. Smoking can also increase the risk of complications, and the patient should be in overall good health. If you are a smoker, you may be required to quit and wait for longer before the procedure can go forward.
Rhinoplasty can be a complex procedure and, as such, some pain is only natural. However, this pain can be controlled with the help of anesthetics. In most cases, local anesthetics are preferred, so you are kept awake during the procedure but your face is kept numb, so you experience no pain. For multiple procedures during the same procedure, or at the surgeon’s discretion and that patient’s preference, you can also be kept unconscious during the surgery with general anesthetic.