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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Rhinoplasty is also known as a nose job is a surgery used to correct aesthetic and functional problems of the nose. During the same procedure, the shape of the nose can be changed and the functional (respiratory) problems can be corrected. Each case is analyzed individually in order to achieve the expected result discussed prior to surgery.
The inner structures of the nose are altered so that the external appearance can be changed. Incisions are usually done in the inner part of the nose so that no external (visible) scar is left; in some instances, a small incision in the lower part of the nose is done, which turns out to be almost imperceptible.
Surgery lasts approximately 2 hours, it is done using general anesthesia and recovery time is between 7 and 10 days.
Rhinoplasty is a nose-reshaping plastic surgery. There are two types of rhinoplasty technique, the open one, in which a small incision is made on the lower part of the nose, and the closed approach, in which all the incisions are hidden. The best technique depends on each patient’s characteristics and the surgeon’s preference. Both of them achieve the same cosmetic and functional outcomes.
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery, there is risk of complications related to infection or reaction to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help in the prevention of postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to help in the minimization of their appearance.