Rhinoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery that is performed in order to reshape the nose. It is a very popular procedure that can make profound differences not only in the balance of facial features, but also in a person’s self-esteem. Although rhinoplasty is most often sought for cosmetic reasons, it can also help correct structural defects that may cause breathing problems.
Plastic surgery of the nose begins with an incision either inside the nose or across the skin that separates the nostrils. The cartilage and bone that make up the framework of the nose are then exposed and sculpted to create the desired shape and profile. Dr. Siwy then stitches the skin back into place to complete the nose surgery. Rhinoplasty surgery generally lasts one to two hours and is usually an outpatient procedure.
Following your procedure, you can expect to be somewhat sore. Beginning on the first day and continuing for several days after, you can expect swelling and bruising to increase — black eyes are not unusual during rhinoplasty recovery. Applying cold compresses around, but not directly to, the nose will help reduce swelling. Furthermore, most patients report that the pain is not as bad as the facial appearance may make it seem.
Rhinoplasty carries the same risks as any other surgery. Bleeding, infection, and reactions to medications or anesthesia are possible side effects of rhinoplasty surgery. In addition, there are several risks that are unique to plastic surgery of the nose. These include burst blood vessels that can lead to red spots and small scars on the underside of the nose. You might also require a revisionary second procedure at some point in the future to remove or correct tissue.