What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is nose reconstruction.
Rhinoplasty reconstructs the nose for cosmetic purposes.
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Rhino (Latin for nose) and plasty (Greek for molding or forming) is a medical procedure that reshapes the nose for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. It's more commonly referred to as a "nose job."

Rhinoplasty can reduce the size of the nose or alter the shape of the tip for a more pleasing result. It can even change the angle between the nose and upper lip. It can also restore proper functioning of the nose in the case of injury or abnormalities of the nasal cavities. Rhinopasty ensures that a patient will be able to breathe through both nostrils.

Both men and women are candidates for rhinoplasty, but most surgeons will caution against the procedure for girls under 15 or boys under 17, pending full maturity.

Rhinoplasty is performed using one of two techniques: the open technique or the closed technique. Both techniques involve incisions made inside the nostrils, but the open technique makes a second incision in the fleshy skin between the nostrils. The skin is separated and adjustments are made to the bone and cartilage. Bones may be broken or chiseled depending on the patient's desired result. Cartilage may be trimmed. The nasal passages are then packed and an external splint is applied. The packs are removed in 24 hours but the splint is worn for about a week. The operation normally takes 1-2 hours and can be done under general or local anesthesia.

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Post-op bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes is normal and peaks about three days after surgery, lasting a total of 2-3 weeks. Other temporary side effects can be a dull headache, an aching nose, or numbness of certain areas on the nose. If bones were broken, healing will take longer.

Most people who undergo rhinoplasty return to work after two weeks, giving the bruising and swelling time to disappear. It's usually recommended that sports and activities that could result in injury be avoided for six weeks or longer.

Clear results from rhinoplasty can be seen a week after surgery but the final results will take 4-6 months to see, or until the nose is fully healed. A second operation for minor adjustments is common in 5-10% of patients.

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anon277108
Post 4

I've been planning to have my nose fixed for the longest time but its only this year that I found the best doctor. Yes, I will have it done abroad but I have full confidence in my surgeon. His name is Dr. Magallona from Philippine Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. I've emailed him a few times already and he seems very knowledgeable about rhinoplasty. I am set to have it by the end of the year and I cannot wait for it!

Sara007
Post 3

Can anyone tell me what you should look for when trying to find a good doctor for rhinoplasty?

drtroubles
Post 2

@animegal - I think women should have self-esteem from what they do and accomplish. There is way too much emphasis on how women look as is.

I can understand rhinoplasty for medical reasons, to help people breathe more easily, but as a purely aesthetic endeavor it seems extreme. If someone is going to do this, I agree that they really need to research it.

Did you know that most people run in to trouble when they are given the anesthesia? A good doctor will test you for allergies before putting you under.

animegal
Post 1

My friend had rhinoplasty a few years ago and she loved the results. There is a rather uncomfortable recovery period, and she complained a lot about the tenderness, but it's amazing what a good plastic surgeon can do.

I think if you really want to fix your nose, see a good surgeon and go for it. I really think it's a decision you should research, but it really can do wonders for your self-esteem.

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