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A Guide to Rhinoplasty

Mark Kohout - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Rhinoplasty is a form of plastic surgery that deals specifically with the nose. Surgeons are able to change the size and shape of the nose, remove bumps and correct the nasal tip. Whether you want to find out more about nose reshaping surgery for cosmetic reasons or because the shape of your nose is making it difficult to breathe, there are a number of considerations to make when deciding on rhinoplasty.

Why have rhinoplasty?
The nose is one of the most prominent features on the face, making it a focal point. If a person feels uncomfortable because of the shape and size of their nose, and it’s really having an impact on their self-esteem, then rhinoplasty might be a viable option. Some individuals also require rhinoplasty if their nose is crooked and they are having difficulty breathing through one of their nostrils. It’s also a surgery that is undertaken when physical trauma of some kind has caused damage to the nose.

Who is eligible for rhinoplasty? Unlike other forms of plastic surgery, there is no upper age limit for having your nose reshaped. As long as you are a healthy individual, surgery will in most cases be an option for you.

Recovering from rhinoplasty
Once you’ve had the surgery you’ll be able to get back to work and regular activities within approximately 10 days. Most people who have rhinoplasty don’t experience too much pain after surgery, but if you are in pain your surgeon will be able to prescribe pain medication for you. There are also a number of important steps your surgeon will tell you about in order to reduce pain and ensure you heal as quickly as possible.

Here are a few tips you’ll be advised of during recovery:
    1. Avoid touching the nose, and sniffing and blowing your nose.
    2. Try to sleep on your back - a recliner chair can be really helpful for this.
    3. Avoid lifting heavy items or bending over, as this can cause swelling and could also cause bleeding.
Choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon When choosing the right plastic surgeon for your rhinoplasty, you want to make sure that you are in the hands of an experienced professional who has a long history with rhinoplasty. You want to feel comfortable and confident with your surgeon that they will be able to achieve the results that you want. Consulting a professional plastic surgeon who specialises in rhinoplasty is the best way to find out if they can achieve the outcomes you are hoping for through nasal reshaping surgery.

More info on this procedure:
https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/rhinoplasty
www.webmd.com/beauty/rhinoplasty
https://www.realself.com/Rhinoplasty/Nose-job
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