Are you considering a permanent way to transform the size, shape or appearance of your nose? Read this guide to get an idea of how your cosmetic surgery will go.
Rhino plasty is a procedure that “sculpts the shape of the nose on the outside for cosmetics and on the inside for breathing with the help of basic nasal set surgical set instruments, The aim is to make the nose look natural, as if it had never been touched, that perfectly balances the patient’s face.
The first step in the rhino plasty process for prospective patients begins in the office of a certified rhino plasty surgeon for a thorough consultation. After the paperwork and the first photographs, the surgeon discusses any cosmetic problems with the patient and studies the inside of their nose for breathing problems.
Patients can also be shown before and after photos of other patient noses that are similar in their own size and shape.
The procedure for rhino plasty
The ideal candidate
Patients with one or more of the following conditions may request rhino plasty:
- Back bump: a bump at the bridge of the nose
- Nasal width: a nose that is too wide or too narrow
- Asymmetry: a crooked or deviated nose
- Prominent nasal tip: round nasal tip, bulbous, oily or disproportionate to the rest of the face
- Drooping nasal tip: angle between upper lip and lower nose less than 90 degrees
- Post-traumatic deformities: aberrations of form after nasal injury
- Nasal airway problems: internal valve collapse and septal deviation
Key factors that also help determine the ideal candidate include nasal maturity (whether the nose is mature enough – usually above 15 years of age), emotional maturity (patients fully understand the implications, risks, and purpose of surgery), have realistic expectations (understand both the goals and limitations of the procedure), and an absence of body dysmorphia.
The last on the latter is something that a lot of patients have trouble dealing with. We all experience body dysmorphia to some extent, but some patients cross the normal spectrum. It is the doctor’s duty as surgeons to advise them and to avoid letting patients guide us in bad ethical decisions.
Like any surgery, the preparation is useful for both smooth surgery and recovery. To help reduce things like swelling, bleeding and bruising especially in patients traveling by air for the procedure, application of arnica (a homeopathic herb that can help reduce bruising and pain) preoperatively , as well as to avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking a month before surgery.
Rhinoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis and can be performed in two ways: open or closed. Both approaches involve incisions in the area of the internal nostrils, but the open rhinoplasty approach adds an external incision (a few millimeters) on the underside of the columella (i.e. the tissue that divides the nostrils).
This external cut leaves a permanent scar. The skin of the nose is then “non-draped” (similar to the opening in the hood of the car) so that the internal structures of the nose become visible. This makes it possible to make massive changes to the nose and to take things apart more easily and rebuild the nose. This is necessary for sloppy or revised noses (previously operated on), or noses with very difficult anatomy.
With closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nose, which means no external cuts and no risk of scarring. It is through these internal incisions that the nose is then shaped and sculpted for subtle changes. The face is not changed but softens and improves the general balance.
Ultimately, the plastic surgeon will select the most appropriate rhinoplasty incisions based on the specific structural changes required for the patient via basic nasal set surgical instruments.
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