Rhinoplasty or nose surgery is a common cosmetic procedure performed to correct cosmetic defects of the nose. Though common, it is considered to be one of the most complex surgeries available as the nose is a complex structure with lots of interconnecting small bones and cartilage.
People undergo rhinoplasty for various reasons like to have a smaller, larger, flatter or thinner nose or to rectify defects due to birth defects or injury. There are also some people who undergo the surgery to improve breathing problems related to the nose’s internal structure.
Rhinoplasty involves various procedures chosen based on your individual preferences and anatomy. Your surgeon will hold a consultation with you to decide which procedure is best for your nasal correction.
Some techniques used for reshaping the nose include re-contouring of nasal bones or the bridge, rebuilding nasal bones, for shortening the septum or wall in between nostrils, reshaping the cartilaginous part of the nose and for placing nose grafts.
While most of the work is performed from inside the nose, some procedures are performed using incisions on the outside of the nose. While these details are too elaborate to mention here, it’s important your surgeon discusses the recommended procedures thoroughly with you before you choose to undergo your surgery.
Whichever procedure is chosen, rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. While using local anesthesia gives a faster recovery and is a cheaper option, not all patients can tolerate being awake during an invasive procedure.
Once your plastic surgeon sedates or anesthetizes you, your surgeon will numb the entire nose using local anesthesia. The required procedure is then performed, the incisions made are then sutured and usually, the nose is packed with some dressing materials. Splits are also taped into place for support after your nose surgery.