What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a facial cosmetic procedure, usually performed to enhance the appearance or reconstruct the nose. During rhinoplasty, the nasal cartilages and bones are modified, or tissue is added, to improve the visual appeal of the nose. Rhinoplasty is also frequently performed to repair nasal fractures. When rhinoplasty is used to repair nasal fractures, the goal is to restore pre-injury appearance of the nose. Septorhinoplasty is a related procedure performed for patients who also have nasal obstruction. Septorhinoplasty not only improves the appearance of the nose, but it removes any internal obstructions and stabilizes structures that may be blocking nasal breathing.
What can be treated with nose surgery?
Nose size in relation to facial balance
Nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils
Nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
Nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked
Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
Ideal Age to Have a Rhinoplasty
The recommended rhinoplasty age is after one has attained physical maturity. This means that the teenager’s face should be fully developed. As such, the procedure will not pose any challenges to growth.
Rhinoplasty surgery performed where the physical maturity of facial feature has not been attained, there is an increased risk of further nasal changes after surgery, that may lead to a second rhinopalsty later in life.
Females usually attain physical maturity earlier at the age 16 onwards. Male teenagers, however, have to wait longer, as this occurs at the age of 18 onwards.
Nose Job Recovery
After a nose job, people usually wear a nasal splint for the first week. You can expect swelling and some bruising around the eyes after surgery that will begin to improve after the third day. It can, though, last up to two weeks.
You should avoid strenuous activity for three to six weeks after surgery. You may return to your social activities as soon as within two to three weeks without any recognizable signs that you had a procedure done.