A rhinoplasty procedure is often known as a “nose job” and is a fairly complex surgery. They can be performed for cosmetic and functional purposes to reconstruct the nasal passage. Some individuals who need a functional rhinoplasty procedure may also desire a cosmetic change at the same time. Rhinoplasty is a complex surgical procedure because changes made to the nose must match the individual’s facial features, ethnicity, and personality. It is very important to select an experienced physician that can work on noses of your personal ethnicity. There are many physicians that specialize in rhinoplasty of various ethnicities and provide before and after images of their work. The rhinoplasty procedure may involve changing the bridge of the nose, the tip, proportion of the nostrils, and removing dips or bumps in the nose. Each individual has a different anatomy which will impact the nasal surgery process. Due to this, the healing process will also be different for each individual. Some patients may experience a faster recovery process than others.
The Procedure and Scaring
Rhinoplasty procedures are performed while the patient is under anesthesia in a surgical setting. The incisions are usually placed inside of the nose to hide any scaring that may occur. In a closed procedure the incisions are inside the nostrils. In an open procedure the incisions are also inside the nostrils, but additional incisions will be made at the base of the nose. Scaring can occur, but is very minimal. All efforts will be made to create a small amount of scaring and patients typically cannot see any after the healing process has completed. Patients are encouraged to examine before and after photographs to notice any visible scaring that is common. During the procedure, adding fillers is an option that the patient has. The fillers can add volume to the nose in specific areas. Fat and graft options are available, as well as silicone. When silicone is used, a higher risk is involved and infections can occur.
Recovery Process and Potential Risks
After the procedure is completed a nasal splint is placed on the nose for one week. The nose will be packed with gauze for several days to prevent bleeding. The splint helps keep the nose from accidental bumps during the healing process, and the surgical packing will support the new issue as it begins to heal. The stitches placed inside of the nose will heal in approximately one week. It is important that the nose heals correctly in the new position and these measures are taken to stabilize it. The nose may be swollen as well as areas around the eyes. They will become bruised because of the procedure but will subside after approximately one week. The nose will continue to be swollen for up to one year after the procedure, but will not be noticeable to others.
It is extremely important to let the nose heal without any type of impact up to a year after the surgery –it might jeopardize the results. The recovery process can be lengthy and it is important that exercise is not performed within the following three to six weeks after the surgery. High energy activities such as exercise can increase blood pressure which can impact bruising and swelling of the nose. The nose may quickly become swollen from the blood flow. At approximately three weeks after the surgery regular activities can be resumed.
Care should be taken to prevent infections from occurring and following post care instructions can have a large impact on this. It is important to understand that the nose will become very sensitive after surgery. Numbness often occurs for many months after the surgery is completed, and in some cases, hypersensitivity is possible. The nerves will usually regrow after one year into a new position which will solve this problem. An additional side effect is the nose becoming blocked. Nasal blockage can occur because of the swelling and inflammation that occurs post-surgery. The nose will feel stuffy and swollen, but this should subside over time. If this problem does not naturally resolve itself it is important to see your physician. An additional procedure may be needed to remove extra tissue inside the nose. This is not an uncommon, minor follow up procedure. An additional risk that rhinoplasty presents is the skin breaking down inside of the nostrils. This can occur from the bandaging or grafting materials and can become exposed through the nasal skin. This does not occur often, and is considered to be a rare but serious risk.
Contact the Masri Clinic
Although rhinoplasty procedures have a lengthy healing process and pose many risks, the rewards can be irreplaceable. The nose is located in the center of the face and can have a huge impact on other facial features. Deciding to have rhinoplasty surgery can be complicated, but Dr. Masri and his staff can help lead you into the right direction of whether it is right for you. Dr. Masri will complete an evaluation, and advise if other options are available. His staff will ensure that you are provided all post-care instructions and will schedule your post operation visit. Contact Dr. Masri today at 866-487-3223 if you want to get started with your rhinoplasty procedure!