Rhinoplasty is a surgical operation performed to treat nasal deformities and to make the nose more attractive. This operation may also be performed to create face proportion. As a result of this process, the angle between the root of the nose and the forehead or between the tip of the nose and the lip can be changed.
Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty are the patients who are physically and mentally mature and whose nasal structure and tissues' growth are complete.
When is rhinoplasty performed?
● If the nose is too big or too small for the face,
● If the nose looks too wide from profile view,
● If the tip of the nose takes on a dropping appearance,
● If the nasal wings are too wide and thick (boxer's nose)
● If the nostrils are too wide or narrow,
● If the nasal septum is crooked or displaced to one side (deviated septum)
● If there is an asymetrical appearance due to accident or trauma,
● If you have difficulty breathing or have sleep apnea.
A good examination of the existing anatomy before the surgery and nasal and facial analysis are the main factors for a good result. One of the most important things to be considered before rhinoplasty is whether you have any health problems that can cause breathing difficulty. During the operation, other causes of breathing problems such as nasal polyps can also be eliminated.
Before the operation, several factors that may require the surgeon to cancel surgery such as the presence of a disease or regular use of medicines are determined. If you have the flu, cold and various infections that can be treated, these diseases must be treated before the operation. In the presence of a cronic and inoperable disease, suitability for surgery is assessed as a result of the medical examination.
The Recovery Process
The recovery process after rhinoplasty can be divided into various periods. Pain is relieved by medications. It is recommended to apply cold compresses around the eyes and keep the head elevated to minimise bruising and swelling after the operation.
The First Week After The Surgery
● In the first week, the bruises begin to decrease in a few days, at the end of two weeks they completely disappear.
● You can consume liquids 2-3 hours after the surgery. In the first week, it is necessary to avoid comsuming solid foods and to prefer eating soft food.
● It is common to experience more bleeding on the first day after the surgery and less bleeding on the second day as a slight leak.
● In the first hours after the surgery you can breathe well through your nose but then you may have nasal congestion due to nasal edema and swelling. For the first week, this is an expected, natural and temporary condition.
● In the first weeks after surgery, you can relieve nasal congestion by applying the medications recommended by your surgeon.
● Nasal congestion will cause dry throat, so you should drink enough water.
A Few Weeks After Surgery
● Tapes on the nose are removed at the end of the second week.
● It takes about two months for the swelling to disappear completely.
● It takes a year for the final shape of the nose to resolve.
● You can do physical exercise and most of your daily activities again from the 4th week.
● You can wear glasses again by putting them on the splint by the 6th week.
Factors that have positive impacts on the result
● Not having rhinoplasty surgery before
● Wound healing without any problems
● Having a thin nasal skin
● Having a strong cartilaginous tissue
● Having a thin nose tip
● No disproportion between nasal and facial morphology
● Following the medical advice and care after the surgery.
Factors that have negative impacts on the result
● Poor wound healing
● Having a thick nose skin
● Having a weak cartilage
● Having a thick nose tip
● Disproportion between nasal and facial morphology
● Not paying enough attention to postoperative care
● Failure to follow medical advice