All About Rhinoplasty

    What is rhinoplasty?

    Rhinoplasty is a facial cosmetic procedure, usually performed to enhance the appearance of the nose. During rhinoplasty, the nasal cartilages and bones are modified, or tissue is added. The aim is to improve the visual appeal of the nose.

    Can anyone have a Rhinoplasty ?

    Anyone who is dissatisfied with the appearance of his/her nose and has realistic expectations for an improvement can have a rhinoplasty procedure. However, this is surgery and should be approached as seriously as any other surgery. Patients who pursue surgery to make themselves feel better or more confident are the best candidates for rhinoplasty.

    Why is the procedure called a rhinoplasty?

    "Rhino" is Greek for nose. " Plasty" means to mold or shape. Plastic surgery means surgery to mold or shape the body, not to insert plastic material.

    Are there any scars after rhinoplasty?

    There are two ways of performing rhinoplasty: Endonasally ( all the incisions are inside the nose) and Externally. The majority of the incisions are inside the nose, but they are connected by a small incision across the base of your nose. If an external rhinoplasty is performed, you will have a small scar underneath your nose. This scar, however, heals very well and is virtually invisible within months.

    What is the ideal age for getting rhinoplasty done?

    The ideal age to have a rhinoplasty is after the patient’s nose has completed growing. This occurs after the age of 16 years. Another good indicator of nasal growth is the patients’ height compared to their parents. If the patients is as tall as the their tallest parent, then they are probably finished growing and so has their nose. The problem with operating on patient’s earlier than their ideal age is that the nose will continue to grow, in an unpredictable fashion.

    Is there a difference in procedures for men and women?

    While there is little difference in the procedure, there is a difference in the desired end result. Male noses tend to be larger, less defined and more straight on profile. They can even have a slight bump preserved on the nasal bridge which adds character, much like a cleft in the chin. Female noses tend to be smaller, more defined and can tolerate more of a scooped profile.

    What type of anesthesia will I need?

    That depends on your surgeon preference, your preference and what other procedures you may be having at the time of your rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty can often be performed with topical and local anesthesia with a little sedation. It can also be done with General Anesthesia for those who want to be completely asleep for the operation. Anesthesia, all types, is much safer today than what it was previously.

    Should I expect to be in a lot of pain?

    Surprisingly no. Rhinoplasty surgery is relatively painless BUT you will feel congested after the surgery as if you had a cold.

    Should I expect to be bruised and swollen?

    Yes. But you may be pleasantly surprised that you are NOT as swollen or bruised as you expected to be. Furthermore, the swelling and bruising typically resolves very quickly after the surgery so that by one week after the surgery, over 70% of the swelling has gone away.

    How long is the operations?

    The operation can be as short as 45 minutes for a relatively straight forward operation to over 3 hours for a complicated revision rhinoplasty.

    What is nasal packing and how long will it stay in my nose?

    Nasal packing is small bandage inside the nostril to stop or prevent bleeding. 50% of patients have the packs removed before they leave the hospital and the other 50% remove the packs the following morning.

    What are some of the complications of undergoing a rhinoplasty?

    Nasal Bleeding, Infection, nasal obstruction, undesired result are some of the complications of this procedure.Speak to your rhinoplasty surgeon specifically about these complications.