If you believe that your nose is not balanced properly with the rest of your face, there are a variety of solutions that are available for you to select. One of the more effective solutions used in creating balance for the nose is the rhinoplasty procedure. This is a type of plastic surgery that is minimally invasive and will allow you to have your nose altered to match your preferred position and shape. Before you schedule a rhinoplasty procedure, you should know more about what it entails and the risks associated with the procedure.
How a Rhinoplasty Can Create Balance For the Nose
A rhinoplasty is a procedure designed to alter the shape and appearance of your nose and can do so in a large variety of ways. If you want your nose to be more symmetrical, it’s important to understand that asymmetry occurs with nearly every face. By changing your nose to be symmetrical, it may not be balanced properly with the rest of your face. If you want the nose to be altered while still maintaining balance with the rest of your face, a rhinoplasty will be able to achieve this for you. Make sure that you tell your plastic surgeon about any concerns that you may have so that you can be confident about the procedure that’s about to take place.
While a rhinoplasty will allow you to create balance with your nose, it can also be used for the correction of impaired breathing in the event that you are suffering from such issues. A rhinoplasty can alter the width of the bridge on your nose or correct the size of nostrils that are too large or too wide. This procedure can also help to fix any nasal asymmetry that you are experiencing, which can help to create balance with your nose. Before you select this procedure, make sure that you know exactly how you want the shape and appearance of your nose to change. You want to be satisfied with the results that the treatment provides.
What the Rhinoplasty Procedure Entails
As is the case with the majority of plastic surgery procedures, a rhinoplasty will begin with the provision of anesthesia, including either general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Once the anesthesia has been completely administered, the initial incisions will be made. These incisions can either be made inside the nostrils or along the bridge between the two nostrils, which all depends on what changes you want to have done to the appearance of your nose. After these incisions have been made, the skin around the nasal cartilage and bones will be raised to allow for the reshaping of your nose.
The surgical techniques used next will depend on what type of issue you want corrected. If you suffer from a nose that is too large, cartilage or bone within the nose may be removed. If cartilage needs to be added in certain areas within your nose, the cartilage can be taken from the middle of your nose or from around your ear. Once all of the necessary changes have been made, any raised tissue will be lowered back into place around the nasal cartilage and bones and the incisions will be properly closed. These incisions are typically closed with the usage of sutures or stitches. Immediately after the procedure has been completed, the area will start to heal and you will be able to see the results of the procedure in question.
Risks Associated With a Rhinoplasty
There are inherent risks and complications that you should be aware of before going forward with a rhinoplasty. Although there are a variety of risks, it’s likely that any complications you experience will be minimal in severity. Some of the many risks that you should be on the lookout for include difficulties with breathing, not being happy with the results of the procedure, the development of an infection in the treatment area, and a discoloration of the skin. It’s possible that you will be unsatisfied with the new appearance of your nose. If this is the case, you may need to request a revision surgery in order to correct the changes despite the rarity of this issue.
What You Should Ask Your Surgeon
Before you ever schedule an appointment to have a rhinoplasty help with the balance of your nose, it’s important that you make sure to ask your plastic surgeon any questions that you may have. Not only will this provide you with confidence about the treatment but it can also help keep your expectations at a reasonable level. Ask the surgeon if they have received certifications that state they can provide procedures like this one. You may also want to ascertain exactly how many rhinoplasty procedures they have performed and their overall success rate. Given the fact that having your nose changed is a huge decision, you want to make sure that the surgeon performing the operation is trained and experienced. Learn everything you can about the procedure and ask the surgeon about what recovery entails.
Recovery From a Rhinoplasty Procedure
Depending on the extent of your rhinoplasty procedure, it’s possible that a splint will be placed inside your nose to aid the healing process. Swelling will typically occur for a few weeks. Once this swelling subsides, you will be able to get a good look at the results of the procedure. Keep in mind that it can take as long as a year for the nose to fully settle in its new position. Make sure that you ask your plastic surgeon about how to care for the surgical site during the recovery process.
Andres Bustillo, MD is a plastic surgeon who is board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has also obtained professional memberships in a variety of medical academies and colleges across the United States. He specializes in all kinds of facial plastic surgery.