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Nose job (Rhinoplasty)

Our noses are one of the most predominant features of our faces. Rhinoplasty, also commonly referred to as the "nose job," is one of the most popular procedures and can have a huge impact, not only in the balance of facial features, but also in a person’s self-esteem. The aesthetic improvements that a plastic surgeon can make include decreasing or increasing the size of the nose, altering the tip or bridge of the nose, and narrowing or changing the shape of the nostrils. Although rhinoplasty is most often sought for cosmetic reasons, it can also help correct structural defects that may cause breathing problems or defects caused after an accident.

Surgical approaches to rhinoplasty are varied. Internal rhinoplasty  involves making all incisions inside the nasal cavity. The external or "open" technique involves a skin incision across the base of the nasal columella.  During surgery, the surgeon will separate the skin from the bone and cartilage support. The framework of the nose is then reshaped in the desired form. Shape can be altered by removing bone or cartilage. If the procedure requires adding to the structure of the nose, the donated bone or cartilage,  can come from the patient or from a synthetic source.

Rhinoplasty may be performed under either local anaesthesia with intravenous sedation, or under general anaesthesia, depending upon the complexity of the operation, and it usually takes 1 - 1 1/2 hours. An overnight stay in the hospital is always required.

After surgery a tamponade is inserted in the nostrils  and the nose is fixed with a plaster splint which is removed,  in 7 days.


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