Rhinoplasty (RIE-no-plas-tee) is a type of operation that alters the shape of the nose. The motivation for rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing, or both reasons together.
The upper part of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower part is cartilage. Rhinoplasty is able to change bone, cartilage, skin, or all three. Discuss with your surgeon whether rhinoplasty is appropriate for you and what it can achieve. The most important thing to know about the aesthetic procedures is the patient's expectations.
Various risks of rhinoplasty
Like all types of major surgeries, rhinoplasty carries possible risks like:
3. An adverse reaction to the anesthesia
4. Difficulty breathing through your nose
5. Permanent numbness in and around your nose
6. The possibility of an uneven-looking nose Pain, discoloration, or swelling that may persist
8. A hole in the septum (septal perforation)
9. A need for additional surgery
During the rhinoplasty operation
Rhinoplasty requires local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on how complex your surgery is and what your plastic surgeon prefers. Discuss with your surgeon before surgery which type of anesthesia is most appropriate for your situation.
1. Local anesthesia with sedation. This type of anesthesia is mostly utilized in an outpatient setting. It's limited to a specific area of your body. Your physician injects a pain-numbing medication into your nasal tissues and sedates you with medication injected through an intravenous (IV) line. This makes you groggy but not fully asleep.
2. General anesthesia. You receive the drug (anesthetic) by inhaling it or through a small tube (IV line) placed in a vein in your hand, neck, or chest. General anesthesia affects your entire body and causes you to be unconscious during surgery. General anesthesia needs a breathing tube or intubation.
Following the rhinoplasty, your physician may ask you to follow some instructions
1. Avoid strenuous activities such as aerobics and jogging.
2. Take baths instead of showers while you have bandages on your nose.
3. Not blow your nose.
4. Eat high-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to avoid constipation. Constipation can cause you to strain, putting pressure on the surgery site.
5. Avoid extreme facial expressions, such as smiling or laughing.
6. Brush your teeth gently to limit movement of your upper lip.
7. Wear clothes that fasten in the front. Don't pull clothing, such as shirts or sweaters, over your head