The nose can be the most defining feature in the face; often dominating the other features. Through the teenage years the nose shape and structure may change; however, the older we get the chances of the nasal tip to droop becomes higher due to loss of adequate support.

Other changes in the face also make the nose stand out more. So while we may be quite satisfied with our nose as a teen, it could start looking completely different by the time we hit our forties.

If the sight of your nose bothers you, don’t worry. With a bit of surgery, you can get the nose you deserve. Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is a cosmetic surgery that reshapes and also resizes the nose.

In addition, it could also correct any breathing issues you faced due to structural defects in the nose. A good surgeon would ensure that it looks natural and goes with your overall facial structure.

What to Expect from Rhinoplasty

It can correct:

• The size of the nose while ensuring symmetry with the face
• Any visible depression or humps on the nose
• The width of the nostrils
• Width of the bridge
• Issues with the shape of the nasal tip which include drooping, rounded, bulbous, upturned, or hooked
• The symmetry of the nose
• Deviated septum – one of the most common causes of breathing issues

The Procedure

Local or general anesthesia is used depending on the doctor and the extent of the operation. Incisions are usually made inside the nose to access the bones and cartilage. This is done to protect the nose from getting any visible scars. This is called the closed procedure. However, there’s also another method, the open technique where an incision is made on the columella or the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.

The technique of the operation depends on the doctor and the extent of the operation. You can discuss with the doctor about both methods and see what suits you best.

Then, cartilage or bone is either removed or new cartilage is grafted, depending on what the surgery is for. Cartilage for grafting is usually taken from the septum or the partition in the middle of the nose or from the ear and occasionally from the rib cage.

Incisions may also be made on the natural creases of the nostrils to change their size. For deviated septum, the alignment is corrected and straightened and the projections inside are reduced. After the changes are made, the skin and tissues are redraped on the nose and a splint is placed on the nose to help maintain the newly acquired shape and size.

The Recovery Process

While you may face some discomfort since you can’t blow your nose or may find a bit of difficulty breathing due to the swelling, in a week’s time when the splint is removed, it gets much better. Two weeks post-op you should be able to resume normal life though getting back to your exercise routine or wearing sunglasses is allowed only after about a month.

Once the swelling subsides, you will be able to see the reflection of a new you; a more confident and a happier self.

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Interested in learning more about the rhinoplasty surgery? Contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center to begin your journey to a new you today!