Rhinoplasty, Is It Safe?

Depends. Before, cosmetic procedures were frowned upon. It was perceived as a sin to tamper with God-given natural beauty. Nowadays, these procedures have become more acceptable in the society. More and more people particularly women undergo various cosmetic procedures to improve their physical appearance. One of the most popular procedures is the rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty is a surgery for the reshaping the nose. It can transform the size of the nose to make it either bigger or smaller, adjust the angle of the nose in relation to the upper part of the lip, change the tip of the nose, or correct defects on the nose such as bumps or indentations.

General Precautions
Generally, this procedure is safe. This is especially true if you've chosen an experienced and reputable surgeon to do the surgery although it's vital to remember that side effects and risks may arise.

These include:
- bleeding
- injury or holes to the septum
- skin problems like skin tissue breakdown and skin irritation
- infection
- serious nasal blockage

There is also the risk of getting a result that is not what you wanted.

During The Surgery
- The surgeon would make incisions to analyze the bones and cartilage that serve as support for the nose.
- The incisions are made inside the nose so that they will not be visible after the surgery is done.
- Depending on the patient's preferences on how the nose should look afterwards, some bone and cartilage may be removed while some tissue may be added.
- The tissue can come from another part of the body, or it can be a synthetic filler.
- After the nose's bone and cartilage have been rearranged and adjusted, the skin and tissue are placed back over the nose.

Immediately After The Surgery
- The surgeon will place a splint outside the nose. This will serve as the support for the new shape during the recovery process.
- Additional support may be installed in the form of nasal packing. This process can be done using either local or general anesthesia. Usually, it is an outpatient procedure but some patients are recommended to stay overnight in the hospital or surgery center. Surgeons who perform this procedure have trainings in either plastic surgery or otolaryngology, or both.

Days/Weeks Following The Surgery
- After the surgery, the surgical packing inside the nose will be removed. This is usually done two to three days after.
- The splint and bandaging meanwhile will be removed after a week.
- The face will feel puffy. The areas around the nose and eyes will appear bruised and swollen.
- The bruising and inflammation can last for up to one week. These can be relieved through application of cold compress.
- Over-the-counter pain medications may also be recommended to reduce the pain.
- It would take about 10 to 14 days before the bruising and swelling improves.
- It's a must to keep your head elevated for the first few days after the surgery is done.
- It's also important to wait for several weeks before returning to strenuous activities.
- Follow doctor's orders to avoid complications and problems with your surgery.

 


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