A rhinoplasty is the procedure that corrects and reconstructs the nose. The nose is a very complex feature and everyone’s is unique. When considering nose surgery several factors are taken into consideration to determine what you need done. They are, what do you want to change about your nose, have you injured your nose or had previous surgery on your nose and is it functioning as it should.
Nose surgery can be very confusing. Read below to learn about the various techniques or procedures that may be done:
- Open Rhinoplasty-performed by making a tiny incision across the skin between the nostrils. The surgery is done exposing the inside of the nose. This leaves a small discrete scar.
- Closed Rhinoplasty-Performed by making the incisions inside the nose. The surgery is performed through the intranasal incisions with no visible outer scar.
- Septoplasty-surgical correction of the wall between the two nasal passages which supports and directs airflow for the nose.
- Tip plasty-only the tip of the nose is reshaped.
- Nostril reduction-surgery to reduce the width of the nostrils.
- Nasal grafts-when cartilage, bone or silicone grafts are used to build up or support the nose.
The majority of surgical rhinoplasties are done at the outpatient surgery center. After nose surgery you will have a bandage for five days. If there is packing, it is removed in 1-3 days. If the bone is repositioned, you may have bruising under the eyes. Most patients are able to return to work or school in 1 week. Swelling is usually gone in 6 weeks but it does take 12-18 months to see your final result.
A non-surgical rhinoplasty is a procedure done in the office to reshape and contour the nose with dermal filler. Hyaluronic fillers are used to fill in depressions, give the bridge of the nose a better shape or make a wide nose look narrower. It cannot change the size of the nose but it can give a patient who is a candidate an immediate result without the recovery time of surgery. The filler can last for 9-12 months. The procedure takes about 30 minutes.