Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery for correcting the structure and shape of the nose. Apart from cosmetic reasons, it is also performed whenever a patient finds it difficult to breathe owing to structural defects in the nose. This procedure may be used to increase or decrease the size of the nose, making it appear smaller or larger. It is even done to adjust the nose’s angle with respect to the upper lip.
First, the surgeon makes an incision inside your nose to reach the cartilage and bone which provide support. Depending on the nose shape you desire, some portion of the cartilage or bone may be removed. If the nose’s size has to be enhanced, a synthetic filler or some tissue from other body parts will be added. Once the surgeon reshapes the cartilage and bone, the tissue and skin are then draped over the nose’s structure. Outside the nose, a split is placed to support its altered shape until it is healed. For most patients, rhinoplasty is donecunder local anesthesia.
RECOVERY PROCESS AFTER THE SURGERY:
The bandages around your nose may feel very uncomfortable, but they will be taken off by your physician in 7-10 days. In addition to acute pain in the nose area, your face becomes puffy, especially in the region surrounding your eyes. Also, your nose remains swollen for a few days. You may apply cold compresses to reduce the pain and swelling. It generally takes 10-14 days for the pain to completely disappear. During this time, your doctor may prescribe pain medication to help you cope up with the discomfort. You should keep your head still for some days after the surgery, and more importantly, it is best to refrain from indulging yourself in strenuous activities until you are healed.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED?
Apart from temporary swelling of the face, people who undergo a rhinoplasty have the following risks:
1. Injury to the septum – the barrier between your nostrils.
2. The risk of microbial infections. You physician prescribes antibiotics to avoid this.
3. Serious nasal congestion caused by too much of swelling.
4. Bleeding inside the nose.
5. Skin necrosis (breakdown of the tissue) and irritation resulting from taping and bandaging around the nose area.
If the surgeon is not skilled, the result of the rhinoplasty can be far from what you expected.
SHOULD I UNDERGO A RHINOPLASTY?
It depends on what type of correction you are looking for. It is crucial that you discuss the goals of your rhinoplasty with your plastic surgeon. Keep in mind that the results of this cosmetic procedure are permanent. As with any cosmetic surgery, a rhinoplasty should be done only on a fully-developed nose. The complete development of the nose occurs by age 16 in females and 18 in males. If the nose is surgically altered before this age, the continued growth of the nose may alter the surgical results or even cause some complications.
HOW MUCH DOES A RHINOPLASTY COST?
Including the surgeon’s fees, anesthetist’s fees and the hospital costs, the cost of rhinoplasty in Sydney is around $7,500 AUD. However, these are the minimum expenses, and depending on where you want to get operated, the cost may go all the way up to $20,000.