12Dec/20

What result to expect after a rhinoplasty?

In nose surgery or rhinoplasty, the surgeon reshapes the patient’s nose to improve appearance, symmetry and often breathing. Thanks to this procedure, the facial harmony and the proportions of the nose can be corrected. Like, breathing disorders caused by structural defects within the nose. In this surgery, it is recommended that the patient be at least 15 years of age, to allow the full growth of the cartilage and bone of the nose.

Pros:

  • Improvement in the shape, angle and size of the nose.
  • Defects that impede breathing and cause congestion can be corrected.
  • Positive impact on self-image and self-confidence.

Cons:

  • Depending on the type of surgery, there may be certain scars.
  • Your new appearance takes time to get used to, and post-operative discomfort may occur.
  • There is no guarantee that the result will be exactly what you want.

Are you a candidate for this surgery?

Rhinoplasty is an individualized procedure that is performed when the patient decides for his own reasons and not for satisfying the needs of others. The following are some of the common reasons why you are considered an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty:

  • Full facial bone growth.
  • Physically stable health.
  • Not be a smoker.
  • Positive vision and realistic goals in mind regarding appearance.

During the first few days after surgery, when the face is swollen and bruised, it is easy to forget that the appearance will improve and many may feel depressed. It is a normal feeling after surgery. However, day by day, your appearance will improve, and you can feel happier. In 1 or 2 weeks, the recovery will be complete. The improvement is progressive and gradual. Expect minimal swelling and small bruises in the operated area. Do not despair, after several months, and the result will be final.

12Dec/20

Is rhinoplasty painful?

Several myths have surrounded this surgical procedure, and one of the most prevalent over time is that it is a very painful procedure, which is why many people give up doing it besides being one of the most frequent questions in my rhinoplasty consultation.

But are all rhinoplasty painful?

I have to answer that it DEPENDS on each case; in most cases that are for aesthetic corrections, it is an uncomfortable but very tolerable procedure.

But why is rhinoplasty said to be painful?

You have to start with the definition of it in order to answer this question. Rhinoplasty is the procedures we perform to modify the structure of the nose for aesthetic or functional purposes, and it can be surgical as well as non-surgical. We can also divide it according to its approach, or way of operating, if it is by open approach making an external incision, or if it is by closed approach, making intramucosal incisions (in the internal nasal mucosa), in the two types of approach the pain is similar.

Once the nose is approached for its correction, it is necessary to define if only soft tissues, skin and cartilage are going to be modified or bone tissue must also be corrected (most of the cases) and this is where the procedure can be more painful. For some patients, when we need to modify the nasal bone structure, we perform it through specific and planned fractures before surgery, and these fractures are added to the little amount of subcutaneous cellular tissue that we have in the nose and the great inflammation, of slow recovery, which causes bruising, discomfort and pain.

Another reason to consume a good supply of fluids and electrolytes is INFLAMMATION after surgery, the body responds with oedema or inflammation in the first days, which can lead to an electrolyte imbalance if you are not replacing it in the diet.

Fortunately, surgical procedures advance as well as the techniques and the pharmacological industry, and now we have more refined surgical techniques that allow us to obtain better results, and combined with the application of different medications intraoperatively and in the recovery period decrease from importantly the pain and the feeling of discomfort.