What is this surgery used for?
Rhinoplasty is used to correct the shape of the nose for aesthetic purposes. The procedure can also be done to correct a deformity, improve your
breathing, or restore the shape of the nose after an injury.
What occurs during this surgery?
The first incisions in this surgery are made inside the rim of the nostrils. Occasionally, a short incision across the skin between the nostrils is required as well. The soft tissues of the nose are then carefully separated from the underlying cartilage and bone. Once any offending structures are removed, the remaining cartilage and bones are reshaped. There are multiple ways to perform a rhinoplasty. Our experienced surgeons will select the best approached based on your condition, and work closely with you to ensure the highest quality results.
What care is required before this surgery?
Avoid aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications for two weeks before your surgery. You should also avoid these medications for two weeks after the procedure. Tobacco use will inhibit your circulation and increase your risk of surgical complications. Aim to give up tobacco for at least two weeks before and after the procedure. Dress in comfortable clothing with no loose-fitting objects, including jewelry or body piercings. You should not eat after a time stipulated by your physician.
What care is required after this surgery?
Your physician may opt to pack your nose and cover it with a splint or bandages to help support and protect your newly modified nose. These bandages will need to be changed at regular intervals. Some amount of pain and discomfort is common. You may be prescribed painkillers for relief. You can also improve your comfort by regularly applying a saline mist spray and antibiotic ointment to the inside of your nose, sleeping with your head elevated, and applying cold compresses or ice packs to reduce swelling. Blowing your nose can inhibit healing and cause bleeding, so you should avoid doing so for two weeks after the surgery. If you need to sneeze, do so with your mouth open. If you wear glasses, do not rest them on the bridge of your nose. Switch to contacts or suspend your glasses from your forehead using tape or cheek rests. Take baths instead of showers while bandages are on your face to avoid getting them wet. Brush teeth gently, and wear clothes that don’t need to be pulled over your head. Avoid exposure to sunlight for six months after the procedure to prevent discoloration from forming on the tip of your nose. Using sunscreen can also help to mitigate this risk. Call your physician immediately if you develop a fever exceeding 100 degrees, experience an unusual amount of bleeding, or notice excessive bruising, fluid retention, or high levels of pain which cannot be relieved by medication.
How long is the recovery time?
The surgery requires sedation, so you will need someone to bring you home after the procedure. Ideally, someone should stay with you for at least one night after the surgery. Plan to take a week off from work or school, and at least three weeks of a more relaxed routine. During this time, you shouldn’t exercise strenuously or do other activities that might inadvertently injure your nose. The most common side effects from rhinoplasty are swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding. You may also experience excess mucus in the throat, numbness in the tip of the nose or roof of the mouth, general stuffiness, or temporary alterations to your senses of taste and smell. Pain and discomfort will ease within about 72 hours, and swelling will typically go down within a few weeks. Bandages and splints are typically removed approximately five to seven days after the surgery. Your nose will gradually adjust to its new profile over time; this process can take up to a year.
Are there any risks associated with this surgery?
Although rare, there are a number of serious risks associated with rhinoplasty. These include infection, meningitis, and toxic shock syndrome. Nasal septal perforation, or the development of a hole in the septum, is also a potential if uncommon risk. Other risks include persistent swelling or pain, permanent numbness around your nose, recurring nosebleeds, scarring, or difficulty breathing. If you are displeased with the appearance of your nose, a follow-up surgery may be necessary to correct it.