A Rhinoplasty or nose job is reshaping your nose to make it look better in your eyes. Many people are very worried about the size and shape of their nose. As one of our most prominent features, this can lead to much mental anguish and low self-esteem.
What is a Nose Job?
A Rhinoplasty is an operation to change the internal and external shape of your nose. The surgeon can do several things to your nose. He or she can
- Reduce or increase the size of your nose
- Straighten out a broken or bent nose
- Alter the tip of the nose
- Reduce the size of the nostrils
- Alter the angle between the upper lip and the nose
The surgeon achieves this by cutting bone and cartilage, sometimes having to break the bone and then altering the cartilage to change your noses’ shape.
What your nose does
Your nose is a wonderful and essential organ that has to be treated with care and respect. The nose is one-third bone and two-thirds cartilage.
It’s most important function is warming and humidifying air as you breathe in and out. It’s also essential in your sense of smell and is your first line of defense against coughs, colds, infections, and pollution.
Air you breathe in goes through the nasal cavities called sinuses before reaching the lungs. Small hairs both in the nostrils and further in the nose catch particles and bugs before they reach the lungs.
Any surgery on your nose runs the risk of altering how well the nose works so it must be done carefully to avoid postoperative problems.
Types of Rhinoplasty
1. Closed Rhinoplasty – This means the whole operation is done via the nostrils. No cuts are made on the outside of your nose. It sounds almost unbelievable but using just access via your nostrils a surgeon can chisel and file bone, even break it if necessary, reshape the cartilage, straighten the septum, which is the bone and cartilage down the middle of the nose dividing it into 2 and change the shape of the tip of your nose.
2. Open Rhinoplasty – The surgeon cuts the skin between your nostrils so your skin can be lifted away completely from the cartilage underneath. Access to the nose is better but you’ll be left with a small scar.
3. Tip reduction – In this situation, just the tip of the nose is operated upon. The bone is left alone.
4. Nostril Surgery – A small triangle or wedge of skin is removed from the nostril. The surgeon then stitches it back leaving you with smaller nostrils. Usually, the stitches are placed in the crease between your nose and cheek, which should hide the scars.
After your nose job
- You will wake up with large packs in each nostril to cut down bleeding. They will feel very strange and probably uncomfortable.
- Often you’ll also have a cast on as well to protect and hold your new nose.
- Your face will swell up over the next few days and you’ll get two black eyes.
- You will have pain and will need the painkillers prescribed by your doctor.
- The packs will be removed in 24-48 hours
- The cast will be on for 7-10 days
- Your bruising will last around 2 weeks but the swelling may last several weeks more.
A Rhinoplasty or nose job is a serious operation but with a good surgeon, you’ll be delighted with the results.