The Rhinoplasty Procedure
This is a surgical procedure that usually reduces the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems.
The best candidates for Rhinoplasty surgery are:
All surgery carries risk, and you should be fully aware of the medical risks associated with this procedure before you consent to surgery. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during your consultation, and you are encouraged to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.
You will be required to sign a consent form before surgery stating that you have been informed of the risks involved; that you understand those risks; and that you accept those risks. This is standard hospital protocol and surgery will not be performed if you do not sign.
It is your obligation to inform your surgeon of key medical information that may influence the outcome of your surgery or may increase the level of risk. These include medications you are taking, history of disease, medical complications, etc.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is cosmetic surgery of the nose. It is also known as nasal refinement and the layman’s term nose job. With rhinoplasty, ‘defects’ from either birth or trauma can be corrected by infracturing or breaking the bones of the nose and re-setting them in the desired shape, often narrow and straight.
A hump may be removed to give a more pleasing, symmetrical look. The cartilages of the nose can be molded and trimmed to create a more compact or pleasing shape. Rhinoplasty can soften an otherwise beautiful face by refining one’s features.
When can Rhinoplasty be performed?
Extensive nasal surgery is generally avoided in children. There are major growth centers in the nose that affect the growth of the face. In cases of severe disfigurement due to accidents, surgery is performed in an attempt to restore the alignment of those centers. For lesser deformities surgery is deferred until after the child stops growing.Rhinoplasties performed on teenagers and young adults, it seems, are often beneficial to the social development and self confidence of the individual. The aging process is reflected in many ways in the nose and its correction can add youthfulness and freshness to the appearance.
How is Rhinoplasty performed?
Usually, Light Sleep Anesthesia is utilized. A Rhinoplasty can also be performed under General Anesthesia. The patient usually arrives early and medications are administered and supplemented with intravenous medication. After you are asleep and your vital signs are determined as safe and stable, local anesthesia is then applied to the nose. Surgery generally lasts about one and a half hours. The patient experiences no pain during the surgery.
A splint or cast is applied and will be worn for approximately 7 days. Many patients remember very little about the surgery. After the procedure is completed, the patient then recovers in a relaxed environment and monitored for a couple of hours before being driven home by a companion. You absolutely can not drive yourself home after ANY procedure.
I am 16 and have been thinking of Rhinoplasty for a long time. At what age is it safe to have a rhinoplasty?
Usually rhinoplasty is performed at the earliest, 13 or 14 years of age in girls and 15 to 16 years of age in boys. Reason being, and it is a known fact, girls physically mature faster than boys and the collective goal is to perform surgery when at least 90% of the growth is complete. There are major growth centers in the nose that affect the growth of the face.
In cases of severe disfigurement due to accidents, surgery is performed in an attempt to restore the alignment of those centers. For lesser deformities surgery is deferred until after the teen stops growing. Rhinoplasties performed on teenagers and young adults, it seems, are often beneficial to the social development and self confidence of the individual.
In other words, this depends upon the stage of growth in the face as well as the gender of the patient. A qualified surgeon can better help you upon personal examination.