Rhinoplasty: What is the recovery like
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Rhinoplasty, or plastic nose surgery, is a surgical procedure that is done most often for aesthetic purposes, that is, to improve the profile of the nose, change the tip of the nose or decrease the width of the bone, for example, and make the face more harmonious. However, rhinoplasty can also be done to improve a person’s breathing, and is usually performed after surgery for a deviated septum.
After rhinoplasty, it is important for the person to take some care so that healing takes place properly and complications are avoided. Therefore, it is recommended that the person follow all the plastic surgeon’s recommendations, such as avoiding efforts and using the bandage for the specified time.
When is indicated
Rhinoplasty can be performed both for aesthetic purposes and to improve breathing, and is therefore usually performed after correcting a deviated septum. Rhinoplasty can be performed for several purposes, such as:
- Decrease the width of the nasal bone;
- Change the direction of the nose tip;
- Improve the profile of the nose;
- Change the tip of the nose;
- Reduce large, wide or upturned nostrils,
- Insert grafts for facial harmony corrections.
Before performing the procedure, it is essential to talk to the plastic surgeon about how the procedure will be performed, possible risks involved and simulation of the final result, since it corresponds to a definitive procedure.
How is it done
Before performing rhinoplasty, the doctor recommends carrying out laboratory tests and may indicate the suspension of any medication that the person may be using, so that it is possible to verify if there are any contraindications and to guarantee the safety of the person.
Rhinoplasty can be done either under general or local anesthesia, mainly, and once the anesthesia takes effect, the doctor makes a cut inside the nose or in the tissue between the nostrils to lift the tissue that covers the nose and , thus, the nose structure can be remodeled according to the person’s wishes and the physician’s plan.
After remodeling, the incisions are closed and a dressing is made with plaster and a Micropore plug to support the nose and facilitate recovery.
How is the recovery
Rhinoplasty recovery is relatively simple and lasts an average of 10 to 15 days, requiring the person to have their face bandaged for the first few days so that the nose is supported and protected, facilitating healing. It is normal that during the recovery process the person feels pain, discomfort, swelling in the face or darkening of the area, however this is considered normal and usually disappears as healing occurs.
It is important that during the recovery period the person is not exposed to the sun too often, to avoid staining the skin, sleep with the head always up, do not wear sunglasses and avoid exertion for about 15 days after surgery or until medical clearance.
The doctor may recommend the use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs after surgery to relieve pain and discomfort, which should be used for 5 to 10 days or as recommended by the doctor. In general, recovery from rhinoplasty takes between 10 and 15 days.
Because it is an invasive surgical procedure and is performed under general or local anesthesia, there may be some complications during or after the procedure, although this is not frequent. The main possible changes in rhinoplasty are rupture of small vessels in the nose, presence of scars, change in nose color, numbness and asymmetry of the nose.
In addition, infections, alteration of the air passage through the nose, perforation of the nasal septum or cardiac and pulmonary complications can arise. However, these complications do not occur in everyone and they happen more often in people who have had the procedure performed by inexperienced doctors.
To avoid complications, it is possible to reshape the nose without having to undergo plastic surgery, which can be done with makeup or using nose curlers, for example.
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