Nose aesthetics, also known as rhinoplasty or nose surgery, is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. It aims to correct shape deformities that are present at birth, acquired later in life, or caused by trauma. While some shape abnormalities may only cause visual discomfort and can be corrected for aesthetic reasons, others may require correction due to associated respiratory problems. Rhinoplasty procedures can address both aesthetic expectations and important health needs. By eliminating structural or nasal deformities, individuals can not only breathe more easily but also achieve the desired appearance of their nose.
Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping or reconstructing the nose. It can be performed for both aesthetic and functional reasons, such as correcting nasal deformities, improving nasal symmetry, or enhancing the overall appearance of the nose.
Common reasons for getting rhinoplasty include:
- Reshaping the nose to improve its appearance and proportions.
- Correcting a deviated septum or other structural abnormalities that may obstruct breathing.
- Correcting nasal asymmetry or deformities caused by injury or birth defects.
- Enhancing self-confidence and self-esteem by achieving desired nasal aesthetics.
Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes incisions either inside the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or across the columella (the narrow strip of tissue between the nostrils) in an open rhinoplasty. The underlying bone, cartilage, and tissue are then reshaped to achieve the desired result. The incisions are then closed, and the nose is typically splinted to support the new shape during healing.
The recovery period after rhinoplasty can vary from patient to patient. Swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are common in the first week or two. Nasal congestion and breathing difficulties may also be experienced during the initial healing phase. Most of the swelling and bruising subside within a few weeks, but it can take several months for the final results to become fully visible.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications associated with rhinoplasty. These can include infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, asymmetry, persistent swelling, changes in sensation, and dissatisfaction with the results. It’s important to discuss potential risks and complications with your surgeon and follow their pre- and post-operative instructions carefully.