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Rhinoplasty – A Facial Feature Designed for You

The medical term for a nose job, the plastic surgery that reconstructs or reshapes a nose for better form and function, is called “rhinoplasty.” Rhis is the root for the rhino half of the word rhinoplasty. They refer to the nose. Plasty is the term for shape/shaping.

The surgery can be open or closed. Open surgery involves cuts to the round, fleshy end of the nose called a columella in medical language. Closed surgery involves work only done inside the nose. The benefits of open surgery include the ease with which the surgeon can secure bone, cartilage, and skin grafts to be used in the reconstruction of the patient’s nose. The advantages of closed surgery include less post-operative swelling, less visible scarring, and less opportunity for surgical errors. Recovery tends to be quicker with closed procedures, too.

No matter which type of surgery you want, and no matter the purpose for it, you’ll be wise to discuss your thoughts and concerns with your surgeon. The doctor will inform you of things you might not have considered, such as the need to wear a nasal splint for a week or so. It will support the corrected shape of your nose while it heals from the trauma of surgery.

You might want to wear sunglasses to hide the bruising near your eyes, but it is not recommended. Wearing any sort of glasses can be problematic for a period of time. The nose will be swollen and weak, and thus prone to damage if you place pressure on it too soon. You must also avoid strenuous activity for the period of time that your surgeon advises. Remember: Your post-surgical nose will be sore and fragile. Patients need to be compliant with surgical post op instructions

Follow the necessary precautions that your surgeon will describe to you. Do not blow your nose too soon after surgery, and do not blow it forcefully until after the healing has completed. Your doctor will advise you on how to sneeze and how to clean your nose safely.

There’s an old saying about the lack of wisdom in assuming anything. Educate yourself about the proper precautions following a nose job/rhinoplasty. Avoid activities such as sports and other forms of exercise in which your nose can be damaged by injury, nosebleeds, or curious babies who tend to squeeze noses without warning. Ask your doctor anything on your mind regarding the nose job you desire and take notes on what the doctor says back to you. It is important to note that swelling after rhinoplasty can last for several months and up to one year.  Follow instructions and enjoy the results. We’re here to help you with that.