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Rhinoplasty: An Overview

Rhinoplasty: An Overview

January 16, 2015

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure which involves the reshaping of the nose. This procedure is done in order to improve the appearance of the nose and its proportion relative to the face. It is also done to correct breathing that is impaired because of structural defects of the nose.

What does the procedure entail?

During rhinoplasty, the patient is first given anesthesia. Next, one or more incisions are made in the nose. The nose structure is then reshaped. Bone and cartilage are removed in some cases, and cartilage is added in others. If a deviated septum exists, it is corrected during this phase of the procedure. Finally, the incision is closed.

What is recovery like following rhinoplasty?

Splints, bandages, and packing are used in different combinations during the immediate healing after the surgery, both inside and outside the nose. The initial swelling generally goes down in a week, but the full results of the new contour of the nose can take up to a year. Results are permanent, but it is important to keep in mind that the face changes as the body ages. Therefore, the exact look obtained following rhinoplasty may not be the same for the rest of your life.

Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?

No face is entirely symmetrical, so that is a factor to consider when deciding if rhinoplasty is an appropriate procedure. Rhinoplasty candidates should have already completed their facial growth, be generally healthy, be non-smokers, and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations about the procedure. Your cosmetic surgeon can help you determine whether or not rhinoplasty is right for you, and help prepare you with realistic expectations about the procedure.

The cost of rhinoplasty varies. If it is performed in order to correct problems with breathing, it may be covered by health insurance. If it is performed for purely cosmetic reasons, it may not be covered. Be sure to choose a surgeon who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. These surgeons have at least six years of surgical training following medical school, with at least three of these years solely dedicated to plastic surgery.

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