What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims at maintaining and improving nasal function. Some patient sit is done when the patient reports a reduction in airflow because of certain obstruction. The complexity in the surgical operation of internal structures of the nasal cavity arises as modifications are needed to correct the functional nasal issues.

Rhinoplasty meaning

Rhinoplasty means the surgery of the nose or the “nose job”. The name rhinoplasty is a Greek word made from two words; rhis – that means nose and plassein means to give shape or form.

Types of Rhinoplasty

The two major types are 

  • 1. Open type
  • 2. Closed type

There are a few other types of rhinoplasty (cosmetic surgery of the nose):

  • 1. Secondary nose surgery (or rhinoplasty)
  • 2. Filler nose surgery (or rhinoplasty)

Open rhinoplasty is nose surgery done for major reshaping of the nose. The surgery involves making incisions in the skin vertically strip to separate the two nostrils. Furthermore, the skin tissues are lifted off so the surgeon can visualize the anatomy of the nasal cavity.

Closed rhinoplasty or closed nose surgery is a minor surgical procedure for reshaping the nose. In this type of nose surgery, incisions are made inside the nose. The nose’s skin lining is made to separate from other associated tissues like bone and cartilage. Bones and cartilage are the tissues that form a supporting framework. Once the skin tissue to be altered is exposed, other tissues like bone and cartilage are easily rearranged, reshaped, or augmented, eventually achieving the targeted shape of the nose. 

Secondary nose surgery or rhinoplasty can also be considered a revision rhinoplasty, wherein problems that develop and persist after the previous rhinoplasty are corrected. Certainly, the complications are easy to be rectified. 

Filler nose surgery or filler Rhinoplasty involves the usage of fillers that tend to be injectable and aimed at filling the depressions. Thereby, a bump is not removed; instead, the surgeon chooses to inject the filler to achieve an evenly shaped nose. It is also done for smoothening out the sharp targeted angles or alteration of the nose to restore the nose symmetry. 

Rhinoplasty Procedure

The appearance of the nose can be reshaped by nose surgery performed either by a closed surgical procedure or by an open nose surgical procedure.

For reducing or enlarging the nasal structures, the cosmetic nose surgeon uses cartilage tissue grafts from suitable body areas. Typically, the graft of implant is the cartilage tissue taken from the septum (that is, the nose division in the mid of the nose).

In certain cases, cartilage tissue from a region of the ear may be used. If the septum of the nose has been deviated due to some accident or by birth, its straightening can be done and also, the projections which cause breathing problems can be reduced.

Subsequently, the underlying nasal structure is sculpted for the targeted or the desired shape, and eventually, the skin of nasal structures and tissues is redraped. 

Cosmetic surgeons may also place splints and some internal tubes to support the nose to accelerate the healing process and provide the sculpted nose and proper support for a few weeks.

Reasons for Rhinoplasty

  • 1. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure for nose alterations and shaping. On estimation, it is the most popular cosmetic surgery, preferably done worldwide. 
  • 2. Rhinoplasty or nose surgery is done for repairing the nose after certain burns or injuries in accidents 
  • 3. For correcting the nasal structure, to tackle a congenital disability or related breathing problems a rhinoplasty treatment is a good option
  • 4. To get a satisfactory shape of the nose as people might be unhappy with their nose appearance they opt for rhinoplasty treatment

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

  • 1. Improvement in breathing problems due to a congenital disability or nasal structure
  • 2. Increasing or decreasing the size of the nasal structure
  • 3. Reshaping the nostrils 
  • 4. Reducing the enlarged or bulged nasal tip
  • 5. To enhance the balance and symmetry of the facial features
  • 6. To have a positive impact and self-confidence in terms of facial aesthetic
  • 7. To correct the septum deviation-related problems 

Preparation before nose surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Before the scheduled day of rhinoplasty, the surgeon consultation must be undertaken to discuss essential factors to be determined before undergoing the nose surgery. Certain important instructions need to be followed:

  • 1. Medical history of the patient:

The surgeon will take the record of the entire medical history of the patient undergoing nose surgery. There may be a questionnaire related to motivations and goals for surgery. The medical history related to medical issues like nasal obstruction, other related surgeries and ongoing medications. 

  • 2. Physical examination

A physical examination must be conducted, including various laboratory tests like blood tests. Facial features and the areas to be modified are examined, including the interior and exterior of the nose.

Such examination helps the surgeon to approve the individual for the surgery and allows them to make any changes needed for the final appearance of the physical features. The thickness and type of skin and cartilage strength are examined.

  • 3. Photography before and after the nose surgery:

Sometimes it is preferred to take photographs from different angles of the nose to get to the appropriate final structure. In computer software simulations, photos are helpful to manipulate and show the possible individual outcomes of the surgery and choose the best-optimized result.

Photographs for comparing before-and-after surgery are important for assessment and reference purposes.

  • 4. Advises and recommendations from a cosmetic surgeon

Furthermore, certain facial features related recommendations are made by the cosmetic surgeon. If a patient has a smaller chin, a wise suggestion to augment the chin may be given by the experienced surgeon. The reason is that a smaller chin creates an illusion of an expanded or larger nose. Therefore, to better balance the nose and other facial features and to get a perfect facial profile, it is recommended.

  • 5. Final Scheduled day of surgery

Finally, on the day of surgery, the patient is required to get the individual back home. Such services of picking up and dropping off the patient on the scheduled day of surgery, along with the fulfilment of all the proceedings, are provided by Glamyo Health in the most hassle-free manner.

The anaesthesia and further surgery require the presence of a friend or family member to stay and take decisions on behalf of the patient. Glam Health provides care buddies to help throughout personal care tasks and follow-ups after surgery to recovery.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Time

There is evidence of swelling and little pain in some cases, depending on person to person after the surgery. These minute aftereffects usually take many days to months to resolve completely. They do not get noticed for a few days, and individuals tend to return to their normal day-to-day activities after a few days or a week.

Rhinoplasty Side effects

There are certain risks of undergoing nose surgery or rhinoplasty:

  • 1. Slight pain
  • 2. Bleeding
  • 3. Certain skin infection
  • 4. Reaction to given anaesthesia in some patients
  • 5. Numbness in the surrounding nose area
  • 6. Persistent discolouration in some skin types
  • 7. Scarring
  • 8. Septal perforation or hole in the septum
  • 9. Difficulty in breathing via the nose in certain conditions
  • 10. The possibility of an uneven-looking nose
  • 11. Unsatisfactory cosmetic result 

How long Does a Nose Rhinoplasty last?

The lasting effects of rhinoplasty depend on the procedure of nose surgery chosen (closed or open surgery). Rhinoplasty or nose surgery is an outpatient procedure that may take 1.5 to 3 hours. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is rhinoplasty a simple operation?

Rhinoplasty won’t be called a simple operation as a lot of considerations have to be made before a surgeon carry out the final surgery. The considerations and eventually doing the nose surgery might be challenging. Several factors must be considered; firstly, the nose has a complicated 3dimensional (3D) structure and shape located in the middle of the face.  

Does insurance pay for rhinoplasty?

For rhinoplasty, certain conditions, if fulfilled, lead to rhinoplasty being considered in health insurance. The surgical procedure, mainly cosmetic rhinoplasty, is an elective surgery and is not to be covered by different health insurance. In case there are functional and medical issues like breathing problems, a person meeting an accident and getting severely disrupted nose might have possible coverage by the insurance by Glamyo Health.

How much does rhinoplasty cost?

Rhinoplasty may have different costs considering the type of surgery and the extent of modifications required in the surgical procedure. Hence, in India, the cost of rhinoplasty is around 30,000 to 2,00,000.

Is rhinoplasty (nose surgery) painful?

Before the surgery, the patient is given appropriate anaesthesia so that there is no pain at the time of the surgical procedure. There might be slight pain after the anaesthesia effect goes away with time. This is not strictly for all individuals undergoing rhinoplasty. There are a lot of cases wherein discomfort has been reported rather than severe pain. 

For pain management, the surgeon may recommend certain medications to relieve the pain of the associated region.

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