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Know What to Expect From Rhinoplasty Surgery

Aug 7, 2008
Basically, rhinoplasty is simply changing the look of the nose. Whether it is the size or shape or for medical or cosmetic reasons it is all the same. A rhinoplasty is done by a cosmetic surgeon first making an incision either inside (most common) or outside the nose. This is done to gain access to the tissue and cartilage of the nose. Next, the plastic surgeon either removes, adds or rearranges the cartilage and tissue to get the appearance desired.

Once the nose's size and shape is how the surgeon wants it he will fold some of the nasal tissue over the incision and close the wound. A splint is then applied to the nose both to help it hold the new shape and to keep it safe from unintentional contact. The plastic surgeon may also pack the nostrils with a soft absorbent material to maintain the new shape. If necessary the cosmetic surgeon can also make a support to help with breathing.

When packing is used to help with the shape of the new nose it can usually be removed after a day or two. The splint remains in place for 7-10 days and then is replaced with a smaller splint that will help to stabilize the new construction and keep the nose straight. During this first week most patients have considerable swelling bruising and sometimes pain.

If you want your new nose job to heal properly you must follow the cosmetic surgeon's advice and instructions. To help with the inevitable swelling and bruises cold compresses are used and these will also help to alleviate some of the pain. Pain medications are also commonly prescribed to help with the pain. In addition, you'll be told not to blow your nose during this first week or two to help with the healing process and avoid unnecessary bleeding.

Most plastic surgeons recommend that you keep the head elevated for the first few days after your rhinoplasty. This will prevent blood from accumulating in the nose where it can create pressure, additional swelling and bleeding and in some cases even cause damage to the new nasal structure. It's recommended that exercise be avoided for several weeks after your nose job and many plastic surgeons also recommend that you avoid direct exposure to the sun.

By following your plastic surgeons advice you can make sure that all the work and expense of your rhinoplasty isn't wasted. The first week may be difficult, but just think of how wonderful your new nose is going to look. That should be all the incentive you need to follow proper rhinoplasty care.
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