Rhinoplasty – Nose Job

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Rhinoplasty or a nose job is a plastic surgery procedure to change the shape of the nose, mainly for cosmetic reasons, for improving nasal breathing or both. This procedure involves modifying the upper portion of the nose (bone), lower part (cartilage), the skin, or all three.

When planning a nose job, your surgeon will also analyze other facial features and the skin on your nose to hypothesize the impact of the procedure on your appearance. They will likely proceed with a customized treatment plan to help you get the desired change in the look and function of your nose.

Am I A Good Candidate For A Nose Job?

Rhinoplasty is a personalized treatment that you must consider for yourself rather than fulfilling other people’s desires. Typically, you are a good candidate for a nose job if you want to achieve the symmetry of your nose that accords well with your facial features or are bothered by nasal breathing problems.

Generally, you will benefit from a nose job more if:

  • You are physically fit and healthy.
  • The growth of your nose is complete.
  • You are a non-smoker.
  • You have realistic expectations from the procedure.

Rhinoplasty Pre-Surgery Instructions

Your surgeon will give pre-surgery instructions after approving rhinoplasty for you. The general pre-op instructions may include the following.

  • Stop taking vitamin E, ibuprofen, aspirin, and blood-thinning medications two weeks before surgery.
  • Be sure to take all prescription medicines as suggested by your surgeon.
  • Stop eating and drinking the midnight before the surgery day.
  • Quit smoking two weeks before surgery as it can impact your post-op recovery quite adversely.
  • Get the services of one of your close ones to drive you back home after surgery.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

Here are the steps involved in a typical rhinoplasty procedure.

  • Before starting the procedure, the surgeon will administer anesthesia for your comfort. You may be given intravenous or general anesthesia, depending on your choice.
  • Rhinoplasty can be an open or closed surgery. During open rhinoplasty, the surgeon incises the skin across the columella – a narrow strip of tissues separating the nostrils. During closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made from the inside of the nose. The surgeon then raises the skin covering the nasal bones to access the nose structure.
  • The surgeon will reduce the size of your nose in case of an overly large bone or cartilage or if it is a bulbous nose. On the other hand, they may add cartilage grafts to the treatment area if the nose is small-sized. These grafts usually come from the septum, the middle area of the nose serving as a partition between nostrils. Sometimes, the surgeon may take these grafts from the ear or a section of the rib cartilage.
  • The surgeon may straighten the septum if it has deviated. This reduces the projections inside the nose, addressing functional abnormalities and improving nasal breathing.
  • After sculpting the underlying nasal structure, the surgeon redrapes the tissue and nasal skin and closes the incisions.

What Is Revision Rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty is a repeat nose job usually performed if the primary surgery fails to deliver the desired outcome. This procedure is more complex and intricate than primary rhinoplasty due to the need to correct poor results of the previous surgery.

During revision rhinoplasty, the surgeon may require an additional amount of cartilage to support the tip or bridge of the nose. Since the septal cartilage is not sufficient in such cases, the surgeon may choose to get the cartilage from the ear or rib.

In some cases, the problem correctable with revision rhinoplasty may be due to the tissue irregularity in the bridge and tip of the nose. Surgeons usually correct such issues with additional tissue from another body area. This tissue is generally extracted from within the hairline, and it becomes a natural and permanent filler inside the nasal structure.

It is worth mentioning that revision rhinoplasty has a higher chance of failure, so choosing a qualified ENT surgeon is the most crucial requirement.

What to Expect After Rhinoplasty?

Here is what you can expect after a nose job:

  • There will be swelling and bruising in the nose. There may also be dark bruises around your eye.
  • The swelling will worsen during the first few days before getting better.
  • Most of the swelling will be gone in three to four weeks after surgery.
  • There will be some pain in the treated area. You may also feel a headache.
  • This surgery will be followed by a stuffy nose, which makes it difficult to breathe for a short time.
  • The rhinoplasty surgery that causes broken bones will lead to a recovery time of about three months. Your surgeon will likely advise you to avoid injury to the nose during this time.
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Rhinoplasty Aftercare Instructions

Your surgeon will give you a complete set of instructions to follow after rhinoplasty. They will personalize many of these instructions according to your situation, but some of these guidelines will be generalized. Here are the standard rhinoplasty aftercare instructions you must follow to ensure seamless recovery and, more importantly, treatment success.

  • Rest at home for some time and get good sleep.
  • Be sure to keep your head elevated for the entire recovery duration. Place two to three pillows under the head when sleeping.
  • Walk around in the house, and increase the number of steps every day.
  • Avoid intense physical movements, including bicycling and exercising, for about two to three weeks after surgery.
  • There may be some irregularity with your bowel movements after rhinoplasty. Pay attention to your diet to ensure that this irregularity doesn’t turn into constipation. Also, avoid straining with your bowel movements. Speak to your doctor if you think you need laxatives.
  • Speak to the surgeon when to resume your pre-surgery medications. Also, discuss any new medications you need to take during recovery.
  • Take pain medicines only prescribed by the surgeon.
  • Be sure to take prescribed antibiotics to avoid infection in the surgery wound.

Rhinoplasty Benefits

Rhinoplasty can help improve the appearance and function of your nose. The benefits of a nose job include:

  • Desired size of the nose
  • Reshaped nostrils
  • Reduced bridge
  • Reduced nasal tip
  • Nose being more symmetrically adjusted amongst other facial features
  • Enhanced facial aesthetics
  • Improved nasal breathing

What Are The Risks Of Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty does involve some post-op risks, which you can mitigate by consulting a specialist surgeon. Here is a brief overview of rhinoplasty risks.

  • Numbness or pain in the treated area
  • Infection
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Perforation in the septum
  • Possibility of revision rhinoplasty
  • Persistent swelling

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Rhinoplasty FAQs

How much does a nose job cost in Dubai?

The average starting price of rhinoplasty or a nose job is 25,000 AED. The final cost of this treatment depends on various factors, which are usually analyzed during the patient’s initial consultation at the clinic.

At what age can you get a nose job?

Rhinoplasty can be performed at 13 or 14 years of age in girls and 17 years in boys. This is usually when the nose reaches 90% of its growth. Having that said, a face-to-face evaluation is the most accurate way to tell whether you are fit for this procedure.

Is nose surgery painful?

A nose job is not usually excruciating. However, you may feel some tenderness and slight aches due to increased sinus pressure. Your surgeon will provide you with a prescription for pain medications you must take after surgery to keep discomfort at bay.

Is nose surgery safe?

A nose job is usually a safe treatment, provided that you get it from a skilled surgeon. Having an inexperienced practitioner handling your case can result in some post-op complications, which can even lead to the need for revision rhinoplasty.

How long does rhinoplasty last?

Rhinoplasty typically lasts a lifetime since it involves the permanent restructuring of your nose.

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Do you want to improve your nose aesthetics and functions with rhinoplasty? Consider contacting EuroMed Clinic Dubai, where you will get to meet board-certified ENT surgical staff. They follow rhinoplasty protocols that lead to an uneventful recovery and the desired treatment outcome. Fill in the form below to book a consultation.

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