Q- What is Rhinoplasty?
A- Rhinoplasty is also known as nose reshaping, nose job, it is a surgical process that is performed to change the shape of the nose or to improve its function due to trauma or birth defects. Rhino means Nose, Plasty means to shape or form. Surgeon makes 3-D changes on nose which instantly reflects on other areas of the nose.
Q- Who all needs Rhinoplasty?
A- People who want to change look or shape of their nose, or the function due to trauma or birth defects.
Q- What is the right age of Rhinoplasty?
A- Nasal growth is usually complete by the age of 15 in girls and boys by the age of 16. So the best time to do cosmetic rhinoplasty is late adolescence or early adulthood. Cosmetic rhinoplasty becomes challenging with age. All other factors come into picture .Beyond the age of 60 it is not less likely to be recommended, due to poor healing responses. However, functional rhinoplasty can be done later in life to cure heath problems.
Q- What are the pre-operative measures?
A- Surgeon will determine what needs to be done; will go over the realistic expectations of the procedure. And to the Patients it is recommended to not take any medications that may inhibit blood clotting during surgery or may result in any complication post surgery. Surgeons recommend to smokers to not to smoke for at least one month prior to the operation and a month afterwards since smoking slows down the healing process.
Q- What is the procedure of Rhinoplasty?
A- Rhinoplasty is done on same-day basis. Most of surgeons use general anesthesia because there tends to be bleeding in back of throat which may be a problem to semi conscious patient.
Otherwise Rhinoplasty is of 2 types.
- Close Rhinoplasty
- Open Rhinoplasty
Depending upon patient’s situation, surgeons may make an incision across the bottom of the nose between two nostrils; this is open technique, whereas in close technique incision is made in the lining of the nostrils.
After this, rearrangement of cartilage and in some cases break and rearrange bone is also done to reshape the nose. A splint is usually placed on the nose for one week.
Q- Is Post procedure and touch ups required after the surgery?
A- Since rhinoplasty is complicated procedure and nose swells during the operation, there are chances patients may need to have some post surgery touch-ups.
Q- How much time it will take for recovery?
A- The nose will be noticeably swollen and moderate bruising will be there around eyes and nose that would last up to two weeks. Nose shouldn’t be blown. Patient should avoid strenuous activity for a month at least. ENT Specialist will let you know when a person can get back to their normal routine. Nose will look refined over the following months, once the splint comes off after the surgery even though minor traces of swelling will disappear with time.
Q- What is the surgery cost?
A- The surgery cost of Rhinoplasty depends upon how much alteration the patient want. It varies from 75,000 to 1,00,000 INR depends upon the room category and services opt by the patient.
Q- How much time will it take to perform surgery?
A- Mostly the procedure takes approximately 2 hours of time. The patient will get back to his work with ENT Surgeon recommendations.
Q- What is an alternatives of Rhinoplasty Surgery?
A- There is none, but yes if the problem is regarding breathing alternative such as nasal strips and physician recommended treatments can be done.
Q- What are the associated risks and limitations?
A- Risks include infections, post operative nose bleed, adverse reaction to the anesthesia, numbness, swelling, possible collapse of the nose, external scarring, holes inside the septal area. Another limitation is thick skin, because it is difficult to shrink and takes the shape of framework. Its problem for surgeons also, if skin won’t shrink. Risk in regards to cosmetic rhinoplasty is that results may be not as great as expected ,a person may has to undergo for another surgery (revision surgery)
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