What you should know about rhinoplasty

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  • Rhinoplasty is suitable for anyone in good health. The commonest age group for a rhinoplasty are the late teens and early twenties.

    It is advisable that the procedure be done on a fully developed nose. Complete maturation of the nose is developed by the age of 16 for girls and 18 for boys.

  • 1. Rhinoplasty is usually done to correct difficulty in breathing caused by chronic nasal congestion and other conditions.

    2. Drooping and sagging nose caused by ageing can be fixed through rhinoplasty.

    3. It fix bumps and gives the face better proportion.

  • 1. Do a research and choose the best clinic or plastic surgeon who will help you achieve the look you want for your nose.

  • 2. Set an appointment with the plastic surgeon and gauge whether or not you are comfortable and confident with the professional who will be doing the procedure.

  • 3. If everything is in place, such as the look you are going for, the budget, and the schedule, then its time you make the appointment for your rhinoplasty.

  • 4. Advanced technology like the VECTRA 3D Imaging System provide a computer simulations of your before and after pictures . You can discuss further with your plastic surgeon about how you want the structure of your nose to look like.

  • Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under general anaesthesia.

    The entire procedure takes about 1 to 3 hours or longer for complicated cases.

    Plastic surgeons today perform an open rhinoplasty where the the incisions are made just under the nose, as well as, inside the nose

  • Plastic surgeons either remove bone and cartilage to make the nose smaller, or add tissue to make it bigger

    Once this is done and the structure of the nose is in place, the skin is re-draped and the incisions closed with fine sutures.

    A splint is placed on-top of the nose to provide support to the new shape until it heals.

  • Patients can go home after a rhinoplasty.

    For more complicated surgeries, patients would need to stay overnight at the hospital.

    Splints are usually taken off after 7 days.

    Expect your face to feel puffy, especially on the areas around your eyes and nose.

    Swelling usually improves after 10-14 days.

  • The risks involved with rhinoplasty include infection, bleeding, nasal blockage due to swelling, and asymmetry. It is best to consult with your plastic surgeon should there be any unexpected side effects of the procedure.

  • FYI, Cosmetic surgery is generally not covered by health funds.

    However, when a rhinoplasty is needed to correct an injury like a fracture, nasal obstruction, or to correct a congenital nasal deformity, then it can fall under functional surgery and therefore be covered.

    Make sure you know what your medical insurance covers so you know how to proceed with your planned surgery.


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