This is commonly referred to as a “nose job”. It is a procedure that sculpts the shape of the nose externally for cosmetic reasons and internally for breathing. During rhinoplasty, the nasal bones and cartilages are modified, or tissue is added to improve the overall shape and structure of the nose.
Rhinoplasty is also often performed to repair nasal fractures or to ameliorate difficult breathing due to a deviated nasal septum.
At Prettyu, we give you a nose that will complement your face through nose reshaping and will enhance your natural beauty. Your new nose will have excellent structural support and will appear natural, well-shaped, and in proportion to your face. There are two types of rhinoplasty: Open Rhinoplasty and Closed Rhinoplasty.
Open Rhinoplasty involves an incision between your nostrils so that your cosmetic surgeon can manipulate the skin and nasal structure. This type of rhinoplasty is often performed when grafts or implants must be used. In Closed Rhinoplasty, small incisions are made inside the nostrils, so that no external scars are visible. Closed Rhinoplasty is often utilized when there is simply a bump on the bridge of the nose.
Before your Rhinoplasty
The first step towards a successful rhinoplasty procedure is carefully planned and a detailed, initial consultation with Dr. Suma. When planning a rhinoplasty, your surgeon will consider your other facial features, the skin on your nose, and what you would like changed. If you are the right candidate for surgery, Dr. Sandhyala will develop a customized plan for you.
Before scheduling rhinoplasty, Dr. Suma will want to meet with you to know more about you. This could include your medical history and a physical exam. The physical exam helps your surgeon determine how your physical features, such as the thickness of your skin, or the strength of the cartilage at the end of your nose can affect the results of rhinoplasty.
Besides this, someone from your doctor’s office will take photographs of your nose from different angles. Your surgeon may also use computer software and 3D imaging to manipulate the photographs to show you what is possible, post-rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will use these photographs for before-surgery and after-surgery assessments, for reference during surgery, and for long-term reviews. More importantly, these photographs encourage a specific discussion between you and your cosmetic surgeon about the goals of surgery for nose shaping.
Once the initial consult is completed, the surgery for your rhinoplasty is scheduled. Rhinoplasty requires either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity and duration of your surgery. You should discuss with your surgeon what type of anesthesia would work best for you.
During your Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty takes about 1.5 to 3 hours and can be an outpatient procedure. If additional cartilage is needed to augment the nose, it is usually taken from the patient’s nasal septum. Secondary or revision rhinoplasty is done to correct deformities caused by a previous procedure. During secondary rhinoplasty, cartilage may be taken from an ear or a rib. Revision rhinoplasty is more difficult to perform, which is why it is necessary to consult a highly-skilled cosmetic surgeon.
While this is about a surgical rhinoplasty, there is also non-surgical rhinoplasty, which is also called liquid rhinoplasty. This is a series of office-based procedures, which are done while the patient is awake. Fillers are injected to alter the shape and size of the nose without invasive surgery.
Precautions and Procedures before and after Rhinoplasty
Before surgery, you should not take aspirin-based and other medications that can aggravate bleeding. You may also be asked to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking one month prior to surgery.
After surgery, patients experience mild to moderate discomfort, which can be controlled by medication. You may also rest in bed with your head raised higher than your chest, to reduce bleeding and swelling. Your nose may be congested due to either swelling or from the splints placed inside your nose during surgery.
In most cases, the external dressings will remain in place for one to seven days post-surgery. Your doctor will also most probably tape a splint to your nose for support and protection. This will remain in place for about a week. Slight to moderate bleeding with drainage of mucus is common for a few days after surgery or after removing the dressing.
Your cosmetic surgeon may place a small “drip pad” under your nose to absorb the drainage. Your doctor may ask that you follow a few precautions post-surgery. These may include avoiding strenuous activities such as jogging and aerobics; take baths instead of showers to preserve the dressing on your nose; not blow your nose; avoid constipation by eating high-fiber foods so that you do not need to strain; avoid facial expressions such as laughing or smiling; brush your teeth gently to preserve the dressing, and do not pull clothing over your head.
The final result of your rhinoplasty will be visible given time. Very slight changes in nose correction, measured in millimeters, can make a huge difference to how your nose will look after rhinoplasty.
Dr. Suma can get results from your rhinoplasty that you are both satisfied with. The final result of your Rhinoplasty will appear about 6 to 12 months after surgery.
It is vital that you choose the right cosmetic surgeon to perform your Rhinoplasty. Dr. Suma Sandhyala is a leading plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgeon. She has extensive experience both within India and internationally in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. She is one of the best nose plastic surgeons and treats her patients holistically, with a great deal of empathy, and always suggests what is best for her patients.
To know more about Rhinoplasty as well as the other cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures that Dr. Suma performs, you can get in touch with her at +91 86 86 042 042 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.