Reshaping your nose with Rhinoplasty in Bloomington, IL
Rhinoplasty is the surgical reshaping of the nose. It can make the nose appear smaller or larger, change the angle of the nose, alter the nose tip, and correct any indentations or bumps in the nose. Most rhinoplasty patients simply want a nose that is in harmonious balance with the rest of the face. However, this surgery is also done on patients with structural problems in the nose that impede their breathing and cause chronic congestion.
Rhinoplasty offers long-term results, although subsequent injury or other environmental factors could have an effect on the appearance of the nose. This cosmetic surgery is only recommended when the nose is already fully developed, which usually occurs by the time a person reaches 15 to 16 in females and 17 to 18 in males.
How Rhinoplasty Is Done
During the procedure, the surgeon makes incisions inside the nose to have access to the bones and cartilage. The incisions are usually done in hidden areas to make scars as invisible as possible. The extent of the procedure depends on the patient’s desired outcome. In some cases, some cartilage or bone may have to be removed. At other instances, tissue may be added to the nose, which can be achieved by using a synthetic filler or fat from another part of the body.
Once the surgeon has already made the necessary reconstructions in the bone and cartilage, the skin and tissue are replaced over the nose’s structure. To add support to the nose while it heals, a splint is placed outside the nose to keep its new shape.
During the procedure, the patient may be under general or local anesthesia.
Recovery From Rhinoplasty
Immediately after the procedure, the nose may be bandaged and splinted for about a week. The patient may feel some puffiness in the areas around the nose and eyes for several days, but cold compresses can help minimize discomfort and swelling. The doctor may prescribe pain medications to alleviate any pain around the area. The patient may also be prohibited from doing strenuous activities for several weeks following the surgery.