Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
The nose is the most defining characteristic of the face and nothing has a greater impact on how a person looks than the size and shape of their nose.
As a result every year millions of people seek to change the appearance of their nose. Some people are unhappy with the nose they were born with, and some with the way their nose has changed due to aging. The goal is to improve the nose, making it harmonize better with other facial features.
Rhinoplasty is the reshaping of the nose. It can be performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes an hour or two, although a complicated procedure may take longer. Most incisions are made inside the nose, where they are invisible. The skin and tissues of the nose along with the underlying bone and cartilage are sculpted by the surgeon to your desired new shape.
If your nose is too large, for example, your surgeon may sculpt away cartilage to reduce its size. Noses that point up or droop down can be redirected by trimming the septum which divides the two nasal passages. Skin can be removed from both sides of the nostrils at the center, to narrow the base of the nose. Sometimes the contour can be improved by adding tissue.
In most cases, the incision for rhinoplasty is placed inside the nose with no visible scarring. Rhinoplasty is an ambulatory (general or local anesthesia) operation taking 2 to 3 hours. For 5 to 8 days a small splint will be placed on your nose to protect it. You may experience bruising and minor swelling in the eye area. Dressing and splints are usually removed six or seven days after surgery.
a septoplasty is a surgery to help clear airway issues and is often combined with rhinoplasty.
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