An uneven nose can be a cause for dismay, and you have rhinoplasty to take care of it. A nose job is getting increasingly famous, do you know what you are going in for?
A nose job or rhinoplasty is a surgery that is done to change the shape of nose or improve its function. Rhinoplasty may be done as a therapeutic procedure or cosmetic procedure. If it is done to correct breathing problems caused because of nose or to correct defect or problem because of trauma or birth defects it is considered as therapeutic procedure and may e covered by insurance. If rhinoplasty is done on a normal nose to improve it’s shape and appearance then it is considered as a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. Rhinoplasty can change the size or shape of nose, nose tip, bridge, or nostrils.
If you do not like the shape of your nose then you are a good candidate for a cosmetic nose job. Your overall physical and mental health must be good and your expectations must be realistic.
The surgeon will ask what bothers you about your nose and the way you want your nose to look like. After this he or she will evaluate the structures of your nose such as the nasal bones and cartilage, overlying skin and other facial features. Your doctor after discussion with you and his evaluation can tell if your expectations are realistic.
No nose can be considered as perfect ---as no one nose can compliment the natural beauty of every face. Your surgeon after a detailed examination of your facial features may suggest other minor changes, such as surgery for enhancing the chin or elevating the eyebrows in addition to rhinoplasty to enhance your appearance. He or she can show you the computer generated images of how you will look after the surgery. It can help to you to assess your situation.
The procedure can be done as an outpatient procedure under either general or local anesthesia. If you are given general anesthesia, you sleep through the operation, whereas in local anesthesia, the nose is numbed so you are relaxed and do not feel the pain. The incision is generally made within the nostrils but in difficult cases it may be made across the base of the nose. The bone and cartilage are reshaped to the desired shape to improve it’s shape and appearance.
Following rhinoplasty a nasal splint is normally worn during the first week. Swelling and some bruising can occur around the eyes after surgery. It usually starts to improve after the third day, but may even for two weeks. After this period although minimal swelling may be present it is evident only to you and your surgeon. This swelling takes longer time to heal (about six months). The final shape of your nose becomes evident after complete healing. Avoid any kind of demanding and taxing work for three to four weeks after surgery. Social activities can be resumed after two to three weeks of the surgery without any recognizable evidence of surgery.
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