Rhinoplasty, one of the most popular surgical procedures in the world, is done to enhance the shape of the nose.
Benefits of rhinoplasty?
It improves your physical appearance by making the nose symmetrical to the rest of the face (based on the individual’s preference)
It improves nasal function (e.g. for those who are prone to nasal congestion)
It boosts self-confidence
It also helps relieve sleep apnea (disruption in breathing while asleep)
Types of rhinoplasty
1. Nasal bridge rhinoplasty
Commonly called a “nose lift”, this procedure changes the height of the nose’s bridge.
2. Nasal tip rhinoplasty
This procedure enhances or reduces the tip of the nose.
3. Alar plasty
This procedure reduces and alters the base of the nose to create narrower nostrils.
Two weeks before the procedure, avoid taking aspirin and vitamin E unless medically indicated, and alcohol consumption is prohibited.
One day before surgery, begin the antibiotic regimen prescribed by your surgeon
You must also be mentally and emotionally prepared to undergo the procedure by being properly informed about the procedure and setting appropriate expectations.
How it is done
Local anesthesia is applied to numb the nose. The number of incisions to be made is dependent on the type of nose surgery that will be done.
After the procedure
After the procedure, expect a downtime of 7-10 days.
Nasal packs may also be used as needed
Apply a cold compress for up to 15 minutes every three to four hours.
Sleep with the head raised (on at least three pillows) to decrease swelling.
Stay away from dusty or smoky places, and avoid smoking.
Refrain from engaging in strenuous physical activity, swimming or other contact sports for one month.
Get plenty of rest and maintain a balanced diet.
Take pain medication as prescribed.
Avoid taking aspirin unless medically indicated.
Avoid exposing nasal incisions to direct sunlight.
Minimize touching the nose for one week after surgery.
Make sure to comply with your schedule for follow-up check ups.