Even for the cosmetically un-initiated lot of us, nose is a facial feature which can make or break our aesthetic appeal. We are very much aware of its largeness, skewness or crookedness. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that nose correction surgeries have been gaining popularity steadily. Rhinoplasty is a corrective and reconstructive, surgical procedure for nose. Commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’, it is a procedure which can only be performed by trained facial plastic surgeons and cosmetic experts.
Nose job or Rhinoplasty can improve the functioning of nose as may be required in case of injury, disease or congenital condition. Disfigurement and breathing problems can be effectively corrected through this surgical procedure. At the same time, Rhinoplasty can also change the shape of nose to result in aesthetic improvement. Thus, the treatment is considered as both corrective and aesthetic in nature.
A typical nose job procedure involves cutting up of nostrils or base of the nose (in extreme cases) to access the cartilage and reshape it for correction. The surgery can be administered under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia, depending upon the severity of the case. Surgeons prefer to perform rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure that doesn’t require overnight hospitalization.
However, recuperation time can be as long as 6 weeks and the real effects of the surgical procedure on the nose can only be observed after six months. Depending upon the skill of the surgeon and the surgical procedure adopted, this recovery time can vary.
Types of Rhinoplasty
Primarily, Rhinoplasty surgery can be classified into two categories –
- Open Rhinoplasty: An external columellar incision is made to give better access to the nose structure to the surgeon. It is preferred for multiple revisions, complete nasal reconstruction and procedures where grafting or scar tissue management is required.
- Closed Rhinoplasty: All other incisions are identical to open rhinoplasty, except for the columellar incision under the nose. The recovery rate after a closed rhinoplasty is faster and many surgeons prefer this procedure for minor reductions or refinements.
Furthermore, depending upon the nature of adjustment made to the nasal area, Rhinoplasty can be categorized into following types –
- Dorsal hump removal: This is one of the most common forms of Rhinoplasty procedures performed and involves correction of the hooked or roman nose appearance. An incision is made on the upper bony ridge of the nose or on the lower cartilaginous part to remove the dorsal hump. Plastic surgeons recommend closed rhinoplasty procedures for this treatment. After a successful hump removal, surgeons also conduct a spread grafting or use auto-spreader graft technique to support the nasal shape. Grafting also avoids the resultant scarring that can affect the aesthetic appeal of the nose and maintains normal nose functions.
- Tip refinement Rhinoplasty: This is usually a cosmetic procedure and involves refinement of the nose tip to enhance aesthetic appearance of the patient. Lateral cartilages, subcutaneous tissue and dermal layer of the skin are surgically augmented or reduced to refine the nasal tip appearance.
- Septi Rhinoplasty: This is a reconstructive surgery which involves cutting of the septi muscle that connects the upper lip with nose. Normally if the depressor septi nasi muscle pulls down the nose while talking or smiling, it is cut through closed rhinoplasty. This surgery doesn’t result in tip refinement, but can stop the nasal tip from drooping.
- Septoplasty: This is a treatment for deviated septum, wherein the deviated bone and cartilage is repositioned to a straightened position. This procedure not only results in aesthetic improvement of face with a straightened nose, but can also address medical problems like snoring, sleep apnea, etc.
- Complex nose reconstruction: As the name indicates, it is clearly the most complicated rhinoplasty procedure. Not only is the nose structure corrected in this surgery, but surrounding central facial structure are also operated on. Plastic surgeons perform complex nose reconstruction by correcting the lining, skeletal support and overlying skin. State of the art procedures like microvascular reconstruction of lining, three stage forehead flap as well as laminated and pre-laminated flaps are adopted in complex nose reconstruction surgery.
Despite the fact that rhinoplasty is becoming a commonplace procedure and many renowned plastic surgeons are offering best of rhinoplasty care, it still is an expensive procedure. Cost of rhinoplasty procedure depends upon the extent of correction or reconstruction to be performed and it is very important to choose a qualified plastic surgeon to perform a rhinoplasty procedure.
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