Facts About Rhinoplasty Nasal Surgery - Part I
Rhinoplasty is a surgery to reshape the nose. This is one of the
most common surgical procedures performed in the United States.
Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of the nose, change
the shape of the tip or bridge of the nose, narrow the span of
the nostrils, change the angle between the nose and upper lip,
or correct a birth defect or injury as well as relieve breathing
problems. Rhinoplasty can change appearance and increase
self-confidence but you will not necessarily end up with a
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people looking for an
improvement in their nose and not perfection. You also must be
physically healthy, psychologically stable, and have realistic
expectations of the future results of the surgery.
Are there any risks to rhinoplasty? Any surgery creates a
possibility of complications, including infections, nosebleed,
or reactions to anesthesia. Reduce your risks by carefully
following your surgeon's instructions before and after surgery.
After the surgery, small burst blood vessels may appear on your
nose as small red spots that are minor but may be permanent.
There is not usually any scarring if the rhinoplasty incision is
inside the nose. When an "open" technique is used there is a
small scar on base of nose but it is usually invisible.
Some tricks for planning your rhinoplasty are having a high
level of communication with your surgeon and his office. Discuss
the rhinoplasty techniques that are to be performed, what kind
of anesthesia will be used, and the risks associated with the
surgery. You need to communicate to your Doctor about any
previous surgery's you might have had, especially nose
surgeries. You also need to tell your Doctor about any allergies
you have or breathing difficulties as well as any medications,
vitamins, or recreational drugs you have taken. If you smoke,
you need to tell your Doctor as he/she might have some advice
for you concerning smoking. If you have any questions, let your
Doctor know so that your nerves will not get irritated.
To prepare for your surgery your Doctor will give you guidelines
on eating and drinking the day before, smoking, what medications
you can and cannot take, and washing your face. Carefully follow
the Doctor's instructions to ensure your rhinoplasty goes
smoothly and you heal quickly. Be sure you arrange for someone
to drive you home after your rhinoplasty and help you out for a
couple of days afterwards at home.
In part two of this article you will learn what to expect during
your rhinoplasty and afterwards.
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