Most rhinoplasties are performed because the patient desires an improvement in appearance and/or nasal function. (S)he may simply want a nose which is in harmony with the rest of the face rather than one which is out of proportion with respect to the other facial features.
Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the most difficult of all plastic surgery procedures. The surgeon should use his artistic judgment to fit each patient’s nose to his or her face. With the advanced computer technology now every patient can explain and observe desired changes prior to surgery. The modification to each nose should be determined by many factors, including one’s height, age, skin thickness, and ethnicity. Facial features such as the forehead, eyes and chin also play an important role. Most important, the individual should strive for a natural looking nose rather than one which appears to have been surgically altered. An operated looking nose job is not flattering and should be avoided.
Nasal Plastic Surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. Nose job is a very delicate operation and is extremely different from other cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast implant or tummy tuck. In the hand of a good rhinoplastic surgeon, it carries a minimal post operative discomfort.
The nose is reduced in size by removing excess bone and cartilage. The remaining structures are repositioned through a series of carefully planned internal nasal incisions. “Packing” the nose after surgery is not recommended. With the elimination of nasal packing, pain, swelling, bleeding, discoloration, etc., are dramatically reduced making the recovery period much more pleasant for the patient. Ask your doctor for a special technique of suturing the internal nasal tissues back in place eliminates the necessity of packing.
One of the most feared questions by patients is “do you have to break my nose?” Plastic surgeons can avoid breaking the nose by making an incision into the nasal bones. This technique also allows for superior control of the procedure and reduces the patient’s worry about having surgery.