A prominent nose, non symmetrical nose makes people start defining you by that single feature on your face. It becomes your identity overshadowing the ‘real’ you, making you the ‘odd nosed teen’ because, that is exactly when your true features take shape, adding to the growing-up blues. A perfectly normal, tiny nose can grow into a bulbous mass sitting on a lovely face, becoming the cause of drained self confidence.
Some noses, thanks to hereditary become hooked, or develop humps, grow off center among other things. Obviously this is not a happy place to be. Nose problems can, however, be corrected through rhinoplasty, the most challenging of all cosmetic surgery procedures.
An interesting fact: recorded rhinoplasty originated here 500 BC. The performing surgeon was Sushruta and his procedure is recorded in the Sushruta Samhita. Modern facial surgery travelled to the west and was pioneered by Dr. Jaques Joseph, an orthopaedic surgeon who became interested in facial plastic surgery. This happened in 1898. During those days, it was far more painful than it is today.
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A Rhinoplasty may take anywhere between two to two and a half hours.
In a closed Rhinoplasty, the incisions are inside of the nose and no visible scarring occurs. An open Rhinoplasty has a short inverted ‘V’ shaped incision on the skin between the nostrils half way between the nasal tip and the upper lip. It is made in an inverted ‘V’ as this sort of incision is less visible than a straight line. Added to that, with proper technique, the resulting scar is hardly even visible once your heal.
The pain, if any, is only during the initial stages after surgery. It can be controlled with proper medication.
Five to seven days of bruising and swelling can be expected. Herbal medication, particularly Arnica Montana, before and after surgery significantly reduces the bruising and swelling. The pain from a Rhinoplasty is negligible. You can go out in public, and be presentable within a week to ten days after surgery. The true results, though, will take a couple of months to show. In some patients, the healing process couples with remodelling could take even more than one year.
Thicker skinned patients take longer than the thin skinned ones to heal. This is because thick skin does not ‘shrink wrap’ around the new nose as quickly as the thin skin.
Your surgeon will need to see you more often if he has realigned the bridge or narrowed the bones in your nose. You may be asked to do ‘digital exercises’ so as to maintain the proper alignment and position of the bones.
Seven to ten days is the norm after Rhinoplasty.
Anywhere between ten to fourteen days after surgery for an aerobic workout. Resuming more strenuous activities like strength training and resistance exercises would need three to four weeks after surgery. Some patients may find a temporary increase in swelling after resuming their exercising.
Your stitches will removed within five to seven days after the procedure.
Like any other surgery, there is an element of risk involved in Rhinoplasty too. The infection and bleeding as results of Rhinoplasty are very low. Despite the execution of a technically sound Rhinoplasty procedure, asymmetries and/or unwanted contour changes could result.
Insurance companies do not cover Rhinoplasty procedures, as a rule, because it is a cosmetic surgery. However, if the patient experiences breathing problems due to a deformed nose, some coverage could be considered. You need to check with your insurance company.
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