Rhinoplasty is a surgery that reshapes the nose or corrects the breathing system. It can be done by Ear-Nose-Throat surgeons or plastic surgeons and is considered to be a low-risk surgery.
The patient must decide the improvement of his or her nose before doing Rhinoplasty, and the doctor must determine the possible changes for the patient. After comparing the patient’s structure, cartilage, facial structure and skin type, the doctor will start planning the operation.
How an ideal nose should be?
The ideal nose should be symmetrical and have a natural look that matches the face, which also helps to breathe naturally. The ideal concept of the nose, however, differs from person to person, and from country to country. The nose components must be in harmony with each other and provide an appropriate face type appearance. Rhinoplasty is aimed at achieving this harmony and getting a natural-looking nose.
When is it Necessary to Perform a Rhinoplasty?
- If you’re not happy with your nose’s appearance or length.
- If your nose is too big or small or if you have breathing problems, it doesn’t match your face.
- If your nose is too broad and bent strongly.
- If you’ve had congenital problems or an accident.
After Rhinoplasty Surgery
It’s usual 24 hours after surgery to feel swelling and pain in your nose. The doctor will provide you with the medications you need to overcome these problems. It’s also common for the first few days to leak out of the nose for a small amount of blood. After the procedure, your head will stay above your chest to prevent bleeding and swelling. The combined cotton caps are removed in 2 days to keep the bleeding under control and the nasal splint is used.
The nasal splint is removed after about 7 days and the stitching is finished and the tape is applied to the nose. After the surgery, it is normal to have bruises and swelling around the nose and eyes. Although in the first three days it will hit its maximum level, it will improve within two weeks. Cold compresses help to reduce inflammation and swelling.
To order not to reduce the rate of healing after the procedure and to preserve the minimum level of bleeding and swelling, the following steps must be taken for a few weeks:
- Avoid sporting activities or exercises.
- You should have a shower in the bathtub instead of a normal shower as long as you have bandages on your nose.
- Do not spray or wipe your nose.
- You should eat fibre-rich foods, such as vegetables and fruits, to prevent constipation (conspicuity may cause surgical pressure) Prevent facial displays, such as smiling and laughing.
- The teeth should be gently brushed by limiting the upper lip movement.
- You should not wear any clothes like shirts and blouses that go through your head.
- You should not wear glasses for at least four weeks because after surgery they are going to apply pressure to your nose.
- You should use the sunscreen SPF30 before you leave. Excessive sun exposure can constantly change the colour of your skin. After rhinoplasty, make sure you do not bleed your nose. Avoid strong sneezing. Smoking and drugs should be stopped. While you stay under care for a short time after the surgery, you will leave the hospital. The doctor will give you a home recovery program.