Aesthetic and functional surgery of the nose.
Rhinoplasty aims to change the shape and size of the nose. It is possible, for example, reduce the length of the nose, change the width of the base, make the dorsum more even and make the nose longer or shorter according to one’s desire. Whichever modification we can do, we should aim to restore harmony between the nose and the whole face. At the same time, and functional problem, such as turbinates hypertrophy or curved septum can be corrected. For minor corrections, the procedure can be carried out under local anesthesia and sedation, for deeper changes general anesthesia will be required for the seek of patient’s safety. In any case the operation should be carried out before that the growing process of nasal bone is over, this happens between 16 and 18 years.
Depending on the cases, the nose can be modified either with a Close technique with no visible scars or Open technique with a hidden scar that cross the columella (the portion of skin between the nostrils). In both cases, the surgeon will modify the shape and size of the framework of the nose represented by bones and cartilages. When you will wake up you will have a cast over your nose (if you correct only the tip it is not necessary) and hemostatic shaped swabs inside the nose for 24 hours to control any minor bleeding. Pain is usually perfectly controlled by oral painkillers.
A cast of the nose will be necessary during the first week to protect the nose during the healing process. Some bruising and swelling will occur especially if the bone are remodeled; they will disappear after 7-10 days, make up can help to hide bruises and speed up the return to normal life. Once the cast is removed you can return to an almost normal life, just prevent any risk of direct hit to the nose during the first month.
Once the cast is removed you can already see the result. Although, you must wait one month to have most of the swelling disappeared and few more months to have 100% of the result.