Rhinoplasty is used to change the shape of the nose to make it more attractive by correcting defects.
Before the procedure
The surgeon will study the nose structure and its relationship to the rest of the face while taking into account the patient’s reasons and requests. A pre-surgery assessment is done in line with prescriptions. There is also a meeting with the anaesthesiologist at least 48 hours before the procedure.
D DAY – 30: It is highly recommended that patients quit smoking.
D DAY – 10: No medicines containing aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken.
Some types of anaesthesia require fasting six hours prior to surgery.
Average duration: between 1 and 3.5 hours
The incisions can be hidden in the nostrils (“closed” rhinoplasty) or under the tip of the nose (“open” rhinoplasty) to ensure that no scars are visible on the outside. After the incisions are made, the skin covering the bone and cartilage is raised to give access to, and correct, the structure of the nose.
The sutures used are very fine (and absorbed in the nose).
At the end of the procedure, a shaped bandage is put over the nose with small adhesive bands. A plaster or a splint is put on the nose and the nostrils are packed.
After the procedure
There is rarely any pain after the surgery. The main discomfort comes from not being able to breath through the nose. Swelling and bruising may appear on the eyelids. It is recommended that patients rest and refrain from any strenuous activities during the days following the surgery. Patients should also sleep with their head raised.
The packing is removed around the third day after surgery and the plaster around the seventh day.
Patients can return to their normal social and work lives within ten to twenty days depending on the extent of bruising.
It takes at least six to nine months to begin to see the results. The final results only become apparent after a year or more.