Nose surgery (rhinoplasty)

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Nose correction (rhinoplasty) is a surgical procedure used to change the shape, size, or functionality of the nose to achieve the desired aesthetic or functional result. This procedure may involve the adjustment of cartilage, bone, and nasal tissue to achieve a balanced and harmonious facial appearance.


Candidates for rhinoplasty are typically individuals with aesthetic flaws or functional issues with the nose, such as imbalance, irregularities in the shape or size of the nose, breathing problems, or congenital deformities. This procedure can be beneficial for individuals seeking a balanced and aesthetically appealing nasal appearance.


Before rhinoplasty, patients will consult with a surgeon to understand expectations, potential outcomes, and risks of the procedure. Preoperative preparation may involve medical examinations and testing to ensure safety during the surgery.


During rhinoplasty, the surgeon will access the nose through small incisions or inside the nose and adjust the bones, cartilage, and nasal tissue according to the planned design. Depending on the patient's goals, various techniques may be employed to achieve the desired shape and functionality of the nose.


The results of rhinoplasty typically include a balanced and aesthetically appealing nasal appearance, improved breathing functionality, and the reduction or elimination of aesthetic flaws. This procedure can provide patients with confidence and satisfaction in the appearance of their nose.


After rhinoplasty, it is important to follow the surgeon's instructions to reduce the risk of complications and achieve successful recovery. Regular check-ups, proper wound care, and avoiding activities that could disrupt the healing process of the nose are also important for achieving optimal results.

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Which type of anaesthesia is used during the procedure?

The operation is performed under general anesthesia.

Do I feel pain after the procedure?

It is surprising that after the procedure the nose does not hurt, but there is a feeling of discomfort caused by the inability to breathe through the nose due to the nasal tampons, which are removed after 7 days.

Why is a pre-procedure examination necessary?

During the examination, the doctor learns about the patient's problem and suggests appropriate treatment. The doctor answers the patient's questions, trying to inform the patient about the surgical procedure's possibilities, explaining what can be realistically expected from the procedure, and informing patients of possible complications.

What is the minimum age limit for nose surgery?

It is best to wait until bone and cartilage growth is complete. For girls, it is around the age of 14 or 15, and for men around the age of 15 or 16.

Who is a good candidate for nose correction?

Good candidates for surgery are those who are looking for an improvement in appearance but not perfection, are physically healthy, mentally stable and realistic about the results of the surgery.

What are the possible complications?

Serious complications are rare after nose surgery. One of the possible complications is bleeding from the nose after the procedure, which can be controlled by additional or subsequent tamponade (insertion of gauze or expanding material). Infections are rare and are resolved with antibiotic therapy. Sometimes a secondary operation is done to correct a minor defect after the first procedure or to improve breathing function.

When can I return to my daily activities?

Usually seven to ten days after the operation, the patient is able to return to his daily private and professional activities, with the note that he complies with all the instructions (avoid heavy physical exertion and contact sports, because the injury to the nose in the early, as well as the later postoperative course, can cause a new deformity potty).

How is rhinoplasty performed?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure used to correct the shape, size, or function of the nose. The common approach involves a surgical incision on the nose, which allows access to the bones, cartilage, and other nasal structures. During the procedure, the surgeon may remove, reshape, or rearrange the cartilage and bones to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome.

How long is the recovery period after rhinoplasty?

The recovery period after rhinoplasty can vary depending on the individual case, but in most cases, patients will have a nasal splint (cast or aluminum tube) placed on the nose to support the new shape for the first two weeks. During that time, patients should avoid physical activity and touching the nose. Swelling and bruising are common after the surgery but will gradually diminish in the following weeks and months.

How long does it take to see the final results after rhinoplasty?

The recovery process after rhinoplasty is gradual, and the final results can be seen after several months to a year. Immediately after the surgery, the nose will be swollen, and bruising may occur. Over the first few weeks and months, the swelling will gradually subside, but the nose may still appear uneven. Complete recovery and tissue stabilization of the nose require time. The final results typically become visible once the swelling has completely subsided, and the nasal tissues have healed. It's important to have patience and follow the surgeon's instructions during the postoperative period to ensure the best healing and achieve the desired results.

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