Rhino means nose and plasty means to shape or form. Rhinoplasty is a surgery to reshape the nose. Rhinoplasty can be used to make the nose smaller, reduce the bridge of the nose, and narrow the nose and shape specific portions such as the tip of the nose or nostrils.
Depending on the extent of the work, the rhinoplasty cost can range from $2500 to $3000.
As with all surgery, anesthetic is used during the operation. This can be either local or general, depending on your wishes. Patients generally report little pain after surgery, mainly just stuffiness from nasal swelling. Medication for discomfort is available, but most patients require very little.
Rhinoplasty procedures may take one or more hours, depending entirely on the complexity of the case and the meticulous steps required for an optimal outcome.
Maximum stabilization of the bones takes place during the first four years. After this, one can definitely say that the effect of nose plastic surgery is expected to last a lifetime if properly performed.
In many patients, an obstructive deviation of the wall separating the two sides of the nose, called the septum
, makes breathing challenging. Frequently, the stuffiness worsens with mild allergies or cold, and can cause sinus headaches.
A separate procedure performed alone or at the same time as the rhinoplasty, can generally eliminate the obstruction. This procedure is called a septoplasty. Other structures in the nose, such as turbinates or polyps, may contribute to the blockage. If this is the case, Breathing can be improved significantly in the vast majority of cases.
The biggest limitation with rhinoplasty is thick skin, because this is difficult to shrink and conform to the underlying framework of the procedure. A surgeon can only do so much with a large nose if the skin won’t contract.
While all surgery has risks, and rhinoplasty is no exception, these risks are minimal. Postoperative nose bleeding, numbness, swelling, infection and scarring may arise, which can be managed medically.
You may or may not have bruising depending upon the details of your specific surgery. Patients who bruise easily, have thin or fair skin or require repositioning of the nasal bones will be more likely to bruise than patients who do not. Most bruising resolves around 10-12 days after surgery.
Yes, you can wear glasses over the cast put on your nose after the surgery. However, avoid wearing them for at least six weeks after the cast has been removed.
Insurance companies usually cover corrective treatments that help fix a functional problem like breathing obstruction. If you have a deviated septum, you may receive some assistance. Furthermore, if your nose problems emanate from an accident, insurance will generally cover.