Rhinoplasty is a surgery to reshape the nose. It can make a nose larger or smaller, change the angle of the nose in relation to the upper lip, alter the tip of the nose, or correct humps, indentations, or other defects in the nose.
During rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions to access the bones and cartilages that support the nose. The incisions are usually made inside the nose so that they are invisible after the surgery. Depending on the desired result, some bone and cartilage may be removed, or tissue may be added (either from another part of the body or using a synthetic filler). After the surgeon has rearranged and reshaped the bone and cartilage, the skin and tissue is redraped over the structure of the nose. A splint is placed outside the nose to support the new shape of the nose as it heals.
Rhinoplasty may be done using general or local anaesthesia.It sometimes requires a one night stay in the hospital or surgery center.
What to Expect After the Surgery
The splint and bandaging around your nose will be removed in about a week.
Your face will feel puffy and the area around your eyes and nose will be bruised and swollen for several days. Cold compresses can help minimize the swelling and reduce pain. Your doctor may also recommend pain medicine. It takes about 10 to 14 days before most of the swelling and bruising improves.
You may need to keep your head elevated and relatively still for the first few days after the surgery. It may take several weeks for you to return to strenuous activities.
You can always expect temporary swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose after rhinoplasty. Other problems that may occur include:
• Skin problems, including breakdown of skin tissue (skin necrosis) and irritation from the tape and bandaging.
• Infection. Preventive antibiotics may be given after surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
• Serious nasal blockage caused by swelling inside the nose.
• Complications of anaesthesia.
It is also possible that the cosmetic results of the surgery will not be what you wanted.