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Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly requested plastic surgical procedures. It is designed to alter the shape of your nose overall or only the tip. The nose is the most prominent feature of the face next to the chin and cheeks. In order to balance the profile, all these need to be in proportion. The best candidates for this operation are people who are physically fit, psychologically stable, and people who are looking for a balanced profile. Late teens are the best years to consider surgery.

Before nose surgery, very thorough discussion and physical examination is necessary. It is important to discuss the goals, expectations, and outcomes of the procedure with your surgeon. It is most advisable to stop smoking and avoid all medications containing aspirin 2-3 weeks before surgery.

Nose reshaping is performed in an outpatient clinic under local, sedative, or general anesthesia. All the incisions are on the inside of the nose. Sometimes, external incisions are made to reduce the flare of the nostrils.

After rhinoplasty, an external splint is worn for 5-6 days. Internal packing is removed in 2-3 days if it was necessary. Bruises and swelling disappear in about 2-3 weeks time. Pain medications by mouth are prescribed for pain control. Subtle swelling may last up to 9-12 months.

No strenuous activities should be undertaken up to 2-3 weeks after nasal surgery. Generally, getting back in a routine is possible in 2-3 weeks. Sporting activities are resumed after 3 weeks. Rhinoplasty is a good, safe procedure. It is intended to balance the size and the shape of the nose to the rest of the face. Nose surgery will improve your confidence with a new look of the nose.