Reshape your nose with rhinoplasty

            So you are thinking about getting rhinoplasty but you want to know what’s in store for you.  You might be asking yourself “What are the benefits of getting rhinoplasty and what are the risks?”  Or perhaps you would just like to know a little bit more about nose reshaping procedures.  There are a number of things that you should know before considering having rhinoplasty so let’s start with a simple definition of ‘rhinoplasty.’

            Rhinoplasty is the reshaping of the nose so that it is desirable to the patient and it is usually performed when the patient feels that their nose is ‘too big’ or ‘crooked.’  Rhinoplasty is also used to clear a passage in the nasal cavity making it easier for the patient to breathe.  Depending on the type of operation being performed a patient will be put under either a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic.  Also, depending on the desired ‘look’ the patient is trying to achieve the surgeon may use different surgical techniques or methods.

            In order to reshape the nose or to remove any obstructions of air the surgeon must make cuts in the nose which can either be done on the outside of the nose or on the inside.  A cut that is made to the outside of the nose is called an ‘open procedure’ and a cut that is made to the inside of the nose is called a ‘closed procedure.’

            The first step in the surgical procedure is to make a tiny incision on or around the nose to separate the soft tissue from the bone and also from the cartilage.  The soft tissue is located on the top of the nose while the cartilage is found underneath.  The nose bone will be broken during the operation in order to change the shape of the cartilage and to reposition the bone.  In case the nose needs a little ‘beefing up’ the surgeon will remove the cartilage from different parts of the body and use it to enhance the shape of the nose.  Cartilage can be found in the ear or around the ribs.  Let’s discuss both the benefits of rhinoplasty and the risks that are involved when undergoing a procedure. 

            If you are looking to have some rhinoplasty done for cosmetic reasons then the benefit is having a nicely shaped and figured nose.  Keep in mind that the surgeon has to work with what you have and there will be certain limitations of what you are trying to achieve based on the shape and the structure of your nose bone and cartilage.  So if you walk into the doctor’s office with a picture of the nose of a celebrity he probably won’t be able to make an exact replica depending on your bone structure and cartilage.  Another benefit of rhinoplasty, if you are looking to clear out any obstructed airways, is better breathing.  Once the blockages are cleared away the patient will generally breathe better.  So definitely consider having rhinoplasty if you are having difficulty breathing.

            Like all medical procedures there are some risks involved when getting rhinoplasty.  The patient might experience some nasal bleeding which is quite common for this type of procedure and there is a possibility of infection even though it tends to be extremely rare.  The patient also runs the risk of not being satisfied with the turn-out of their new nose.  The perfect shape is not always acquired and some patients are unhappy with the way their operation turned out.  Keep in mind that the nose needs time to heal after having a procedure like rhinoplasty and it may take up to a year for the nose to reach it’s final shape.  If you have an operation and you are not pleased with the turn out you should wait at least a year before getting any additional surgical procedures.  Once the nose settles and finishes shaping you might be pleased with the outcome after all.

            Also, if you are a female under the age of 14 or a male under the age of 16 you should not consider having rhinoplasty.  The shape of the nose is still developing at this age and it may reshape over time.  The nose needs enough time for it to fully develop before having any surgical procedures.

            If you are considering having rhinoplasty you are not alone.  Many people undergo surgical operations because they feel that their nose is too big or too crooked or because they have big nostrils.  It is a very common procedure.  When deciding to have the procedure you should know that you might experience difficulty breathing immediately after the procedure and there are a few other things worth mentioning about the aftermath of the operation.

            The operation itself normally takes about two hours depending on the nature of the procedure.  After the operation, while the bone sets, some splints will be inserted into the nose to hold it together for about a week.  Medical gauze is lubricated and packed into the nostrils for about three days and they can be changed if you experience any type of bleeding from the nasal cavity.  You won’t have to worry about getting any stitches removed because the surgeon will typically use self absorbing thread.  You will experience some swelling after the operation along with some stuffiness in the nasal passages.  In the event that the nose bone is broken you may also experience some bruises and possibly a black eye.  Also, you should always take two weeks off from work immediately after your operation and avoid sports or activity for a couple of months.  And finally, the question you have been waiting for, “How much does rhinoplasty cost?”  Rhinoplasty generally costs between £4,000 and  £6,000.