Rhinoplasty: The steps and reasons behind the surgery

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Nose jobs (technically called rhinoplasty) is surgery performed on the nose to change its shape or improve its function.

Reasons someone might want to have rhinoplasty performed include:اضافة اعلان
Removing a hump on the nose.
Straightening the bridge.
Reshaping the nose's tip.
Increasing or decreasing the size of the nostrils.
Correcting the nose after an injury.
Opening breathing passages.
Making the nose bigger or smaller.

Nose jobs can be done to change how appearance or for medical reasons. For example, some people may need surgery to repair a problem with the cartilage, which divides one nostril from the other. Others may want to make their nose smaller or change its shape.

Teens and rhinoplasty

Simply put, teenagers should not have a nose job until the nose has reached its adult size. This usually happens about age 15 or 16 for girls and a year or so later for boys.

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect nose. However, surgery can enhance facial features and emphasize your unique and natural beauty. A plastic surgeon can describe the facial features that make you unique and tell you how changes improve your appearance.

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A surgeon will evaluate the structures of your nose and other facial features. After this evaluation, they can tell you if your expectations are realistic.
A surgeon will also consider your overall health and discuss the risks with you, recovery time, and the costs involved.

There are various techniques for reshaping the nose. Once you decide to go ahead, your surgeon should describe precisely what they propose to do.
 Health insurance typically does not pay for procedures that are done only for cosmetic reasons.

Rhinoplasty: Step-by-step

A nose job is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight stay. Instead, you will receive general anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you will sleep through the operation.

During an operation, the surgeon makes cuts within the nostrils. In more difficult cases, the surgeon may also make cuts across the base of the nose. The surgeon then reshapes the inner bone and cartilage to produce a more pleasing appearance.

Nose job recovery

After a nose job, people usually wear a nasal splint for the first week. You will need to keep your head elevated for at least 24 hours after the operation. You can expect swelling and some bruising around the eyes after surgery, which will begin to improve after the third day. It can last up to two weeks.

Expect your nose to have a slight swelling, which probably only you and your surgeon will notice. This will go away over the next six months. The final shape of your nose will be apparent after it has completely healed.

You should avoid strenuous activity for three to six weeks after surgery. However, you may return to your social activities as soon as within two to three weeks without any recognizable signs that you had a procedure done.

Lastly, any surgery has risks. These include bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to anesthesia. These can also include numbness, nosebleeds, scarring at the base of the nose, bursting of small blood vessels on the skin's surface, and swelling.

Dr. Rafat Alabdallat is a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

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