The word Rhinoplasty refers to a nose surgery for corrective purposes to treat any injury or abnormal condition as well as for aesthetic purposes. It is usually carried out by an otolaryngologist in conjunction with a plastic surgeon, and it is the most common cosmetic surgery.
It is an intervention that is usually carried out by practicing incisions or cuts inside the nose, so it is generally not accompanied by visible scars. It is frequently done on an outpatient basis, with general or local anesthesia according to the surgeon’s criteria, therefore once the procedure is complete, the patient does not require hospitalization and can be discharged.
Many times the surgery also includes changes or corrections in the nasal septum known as a septoplasty, which is why it is called rhinoseptoplasty.
In which cases an aesthetic Rhinoplasty should be practiced
In a large number of cases, rhinoplasty is carried out to correct a nose with disproportionate dimensions or unsightly features, for this reason, it must be expected that the process of bone and cartilage growth has been completed, which generally occurs around the 17th-year-old. During this surgery, the structures that make up the nose are carved or modeled, even prostheses or bone grafts can be adapted to achieve the desired results.
The main aesthetic problems that make a person decide to undergo rhinoplasty are:
– Excessively large nose.
– Humps on the back of the nose.
– Deformities, bulging or drooping of the tip of the nose.
– Alterations or asymmetry in the nostrils.
– Variation in the back of the nose due to the deviation of the septum.
Rhinoplasty for non-aesthetic reasons
Nasal surgeries can be carried out for non-aesthetic purposes such as in cases where it is necessary to improve respiratory and olfactory functions, as well as to reconstruct the nose after trauma or accident, as in the cases of:
– Abnormalities that affect the regular entrance of air or the exit of nasal secretions.
– Deviation of the nasal septum.
– Sinusitis and/or rhinitis that is accompanied by hypertrophy or enlargement of the turbinates which obstructs the airway.
– Fracture of the bones of the nose or post-traumatic lesions of the septum.
– A tendency to nasal bleeding.
Much of the success of the surgery is determined in post-surgery care, especially in the short and medium term.
In the case of a rhinoplasty it is necessary to rest for at least seven days until the splint is removed, after that, it is essential that the patient does not blow or manipulate his nose for at least three weeks, those who practice sports should wait 4 to 6 weeks to be able to resume them. After three months, the patient will be able to see the results, but it is not until a year after surgery that the nose reaches its definitive shape
This procedure lasts from 1 to 2 hours.
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