Rhinoplasty or ‘nose job’ is a cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of your nose. Surgery is performed on the bones and cartilage which gives shape and structure to the nose. Sometimes rhinoplasty is also done to improve breathing through your nose. Dr Alex Phoon has delivered some of the best nose jobs I have ever seen. Check this guide.
When do I need to undergo rhinoplasty?
Surgery to improve obstructed airflow requires more evaluation of the nasal structure. This is because the nose is directly related to airflow and breathing. Most people who manage rhinoplasty feel more comfortable with their appearance. Your nose will be following the desired size and shape, and the symptoms of nasal obstruction can be reduced. You can be a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty if:
Your facial growth is complete
- You are in good health
- You don’t smoke
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for improving your appearance
- Prevention & warning
What do I need to know before undergoing rhinoplasty?
If you want a more symmetrical nose, keep in mind that human faces are generally not perfectly balanced. The results of surgery may not be 100% steady, but can provide balance and improve facial proportions. Rhinoplasty is the only way to change the appearance of your nose. If you experience a stuffy nose caused by a nasal bone or cartilage and the bone that divides your nostrils (septum) is bent, you can undergo a septoplasty to correct your breathing. Rhinoplasty can be done together to change the appearance of your nose.
What should I do before undergoing rhinoplasty?
Discuss with your doctor about the medications you are taking, allergies, or other health conditions before undergoing surgery. Before surgery, arrange a meeting with your anesthetist. It is essential for you to follow the doctor’s instructions to stop eating or drinking before surgery. You will be given instructions before surgery, such as whether you are allowed to eat before surgery. In general, you must fast 6 hours before the procedure begins. You may be entitled to drink fluids, such as coffee, several hours before surgery.
What is the rhinoplasty process?
Surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and lasts for about 1 to 90 minutes. Your surgeon will repair the tip of your nose by removing some of the cartilage. If you have a hump (dorsum) on the nose, the surgeon can remove or erode it. Usually, the base of the bone on the side of the nose will be broken first so that the nose can be minimized and regulated. The surgeon may rebuild your nose.
What should I do after undergoing rhinoplasty?
If you have a bandage on your nose, it will usually be released the next morning. You may experience nosebleeds for 15 minutes. After that, you are allowed to go home. You need to rest and stay away from the crowd for two weeks. This is to avoid flu, which can lead to infection. Avoid exercising, take a warm bath, or look down for two weeks. Exercising can help you return to your normal activities. Consult your doctor first. It takes a few months until the end of your nose is visible.
What complications can occur?
The risk of rhinoplasty can include:
- risk of anesthesia
- bleeding (hematoma)
- imperfect wound healing
- changes in sensation in the skin (numbness or pain)
- Perforations in the nasal septum are rare. additional surgery may be needed to correct the septum, but it is difficult to correct this complication
- difficulty breathing
- the appearance of the nose that is not as desired
- skin discoloration and swelling
- the possibility of a revision operation
These risks will be discussed with your agreement. It is essential for you to ask all your questions to your surgeon.