If you are unhappy with your nose and want a nose job, consider the possibility of having a rhinoplasty abroad to reshape it. Nose reshaping is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. A nose surgery is performed to modify the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between the upper lip and nose. It is also the chosen surgery to correct a birth defect or injury or help relieve some breathing problems.
Am I a good candidate for a rhinoplasty?
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate. Age may also be a consideration, at our clinic we recommend not to undergo this surgery if the patient is a teenager and wait till she or he has become a grown-up.
What’s a nose job all about?
In your initial consultation with Dr. Benito, we will ask what you’d like your nose to look like, evaluate the structure of your nose and face, and discuss the possibilities with you. We will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications, and washing your face. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
Rhinoplasty is performed in a hospital. It’s usually done on an inpatient basis (just one night). Except for minor operations on tip, adjustments, or minor revisions, general anesthesia is preferred. Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two, though complicated procedures may take longer.
The nose reshaping will depend on your problem and your surgeon’s preferred technique. It can be performed from within the nose, making the incision inside the nostrils. However, for difficult nasal tips or complicated cases, we might opt for the “open procedure“, where a small incision is made across the columella -the vertical strip of skin separating the nostrils- is performed to access the nose. When the surgery is complete, a splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape. Nasal packs or soft plastic splints also may be placed in your nostrils to stabilize the septum, the dividing wall between the air passages.
If it is a closed rhinoplasty, there is no visible scarring at all. Whereas, when the “open” technique is used the small scars on the base of the nose are usually not visible.
When will I see the results?
Most rhinoplasty patients are up and about within 2 days, and able to resume their life a week or so following surgery. It will be several weeks, however, before you’re entirely up to speed. We usually recommend avoiding strenuous activity for two to three weeks.
In the days following surgery, when your face is bruised and swollen, it’s easy to forget that you will be looking better. Rest assured that this stage will pass. Day by day, your nose will begin to look better. Within a week or two, you’ll no longer look as if you’ve just had surgery. Still, healing is a slow and gradual process. Some subtle swelling may be present for months, especially in the tip. The final results of rhinoplasty may not be apparent for a year or more. In the meantime, you might experience some unexpected reactions from family and friends. They may say they don’t see a major difference in your nose. Or they may act resentful, especially if you’ve changed something they view as a family or ethnic trait. If that happens, try to keep in mind why you decided to have this surgery in the first place. If you’ve met your goals, then your surgery is a success.