Anyone who wants to change the size or shape of their nose with a realistic perspective of what they want, without striving for perfection, can be a candidate for rhinoplasty. A false idea of the result can lead to great frustrations, so the personality of the patient is very important in the final result. Age is also important, most surgeons prefer not to intervene until the nasal bone is fully formed, which occurs around 14-15 years in girls and a year later in boys.
How Is The Rhinoplasty Intervention Performed?
Rhinoplasty requires a preoperative period in which blood tests will be requested. X-rays and an EKG may also be ordered .
Under local anesthesia, a tranquilizer and a local anesthetic are administered and the patient is conscious during the procedure. Under general anesthesia, the patient is asleep during the procedure.
The approach can be done through the interior of the nostrils (closed procedure) or through an open procedure, in which the incision is made along the strip of skin that separates both nostrils. During the intervention, the skin of the nose is separated from the framework of bone and cartilage, which are sculpted in the desired way; later the skin is accommodated again to the bone framework. Depending on the desired results, it may be necessary to add synthetic (metal or filled) or natural (from another part of the body) tissues, remove bone, or remove cartilage.
The surgery lasts between one and two hours. The postoperative period lasts around a week or ten days.
How Is The Postoperative of A Rhinoplasty?
After rhinoplasty, the nose and face swell and a headache may appear, which is why anti-inflammatories should be prescribed. Hematomas (bruises) and inflammation around the eyes increase from the first day and are maximum on the second or third day after the intervention. To minimize these complications, care should be taken to keep the head high and cold compresses can be applied at eye level. External and internal supports are used to support the new nasal structure while it heals. On the outside, sometimes a splint is placed that is removed a week after the intervention. The internal support consists of a nasal packing that is maintained for the first days and that is uncomfortable, and care must be taken not to move or manipulate it and thus avoid complications. A week, A slight inflammation will persist and will last for a few months, although the patient does not usually notice it. The stitches are removed between the first and second weeks.
When Can Return To Normal Life Occur After Rhinoplasty?
From the second day of rhinoplasty, a sedentary life can be carried out and after ten days, you can return to work or normal life. Avoid doing intense exercises that can cause bleeding or hitting the area, as well as rubbing your nose and exposing yourself to the sun for two months after the operation.
The definitive results cannot be fully appreciated until one year after the intervention.