Many of us aren’t that fond of our nose, and first thing every day there it is looking back at us in the mirror. Whether due to simple genetics or an injury when younger, it’s hard to feel good about your appearance when you don’t like the look of your nose. But it doesn’t have to be something you live with; Dr. Aydin can reshape your nose with rhinoplasty.
What is rhinoplasty?
Commonly known as a nose job or nose reshaping, rhinoplasty has long been a staple of cosmetic surgery. With the end goal of having your nose blend perfectly with your other facial features, rhinoplasty reshapes your nose removing high points or bulges. Plus, if injury or trauma has impacted your breathing capability, rhinoplasty can improve the function of your nose.
Is rhinoplasty something I should consider?
As with any surgery, patients opting for nose surgery need to be in good health, with a realistic outlook for the procedure. Beyond that, candidates for rhinoplasty usually have one of three reasons for wanting the surgery.
The number one reason is simple aesthetics: you don’t like the look of your nose. Here are some of the most common reasons.
- Your nose isn’t proportional with the rest of your face.
- Your nose is too wide.
- Your nose is too thin and small.
- There is a bump or ridge on your nasal profile.
- Your tip droops downward.
- Your nose isn’t centered.
- The tip of your nose is enlarged.
- Your nostrils are exposed or overly flared.
- A previous injury has made your nose asymmetrical.
Some people are born with constricted nasal passages, making breathing more difficult. Rhinoplasty, combined with septoplasty, can alleviate these problems by removing cartilage and opening the airway.
Whether it was a pickup football game, a car wreck, or other trauma, your nose may have been disfigured and its function impaired. Rhinoplasty can return it to its former shape and position.
How it’s done
Dr. Aydin uses two methods when performing rhinoplasty, open and closed. During your consultation, the two of you will discuss which option works best for your particular situation.
As the name implies, in open rhinoplasty, the incision is made outside the nose, across the columella, the small strip of skin and cartilage between the nostrils. The soft tissue is lifted off the top of the nose, exposing the structural support beneath. Dr. Aydin then reshapes and sculpts the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. If additional cartilage is needed to augment the nose it can be taken from the septum. When finished, the skin and tissue are redraped back over the bone and cartilage. Open rhinoplasty leaves a very small scar beneath the nose, but it is barely noticeable.
In the closed method, all incisions are made inside the nostrils. The closed method is used when re-sizing the nose or removing nasal obstructions. If the nose is to be reduced, Dr. Aydin will fracture the nasal bones. If the object is to increase the size, cartilage from the septum or other locations (or silastic implants) will be used. As in open surgery, the soft tissue is lifted away and re-draped once surgery is complete.
Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure. When you return home, Dr. Aydin will have placed a splint to help your nose hold its new shape. There will be pain and swelling, but they will be manageable with medication. After about a week, the splint will be removed, but your nose will continue to be swollen for up to two weeks. Swelling can come and go in the first year after your surgery, being evident in the morning and fading as the day progresses. Contact lenses can be worn immediately, but glasses will need to be taped to your forehead or propped up on your cheeks for up to seven weeks. Most people feel much better in two days or so and can return to work in a week. Strenuous activity, however, is out for several weeks.
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