Did you suffer a nose injury recently? Do you often have difficulty breathing? Are you simply sick of the shape of your nose? Then you should consider getting a nose job or, in medical lingo, a rhinoplasty.
What is Rhinoplasty?
This plastic surgery procedure alters the structure of your nose so you can breathe easier, or simply look better. Whatever your reason to go under the knife, there are a couple of things you should know.
How Rhinoplasty Works?
Since the 19th century, people have been turning to science to enhance their schnozzle’s aesthetic. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgeries.
Should I Get Rhinoplasty?
People undergo rhinoplasty for many different reasons. And not everyone does it to achieve the perfectly sculpted face of a Roman god or goddess (although there’s nothing wrong with that). Here are some of the most common reasons why:
● Nasal Obstruction
One medical-related reason why people get their noses done is that they either have sinus issues or drooping cartilage, and they can’t breathe through their nostrils. Otherwise known as nasal obstruction, this can make people lose sleep, affect their exercising, and even trigger sleep apnea. It’s a nightmare; therefore, a nose job is crucial.
● Nose Injury
Another reason why people get a nose job is to repair their noses after an injury. Somebody may have hit their nose with a baseball, or they fell off a tree. Facial trauma can result in a broken nose that may cause damage to your beautiful face—as well as your nose’s function. Getting a nose job, in this case, becomes a necessity to prevent further health complications.
● Aesthetic Reason
The most popular reason why people undergo rhinoplasty is to simply look attractive. A lot of celebrities have their noses done to be more Instagram-ready, or red-carpet ready, or look perfect when the camera does a close-up on their noses.
Some folks do it to give themselves a boost in self-esteem. Whatever their motives are, as long as they can afford it, and have it conducted by professionals, there’s nothing wrong with seeking a surgical solution!
Different Types of Rhinoplasty
A rhinoplasty can be categorized into two basic types. These are: functional and cosmetic.
● Functional Rhinoplasty
Functional rhinoplasty, in essence, is plastic surgery conducted to restore or improve the function of one’s nose. Some people are born with birth defects that can cause difficulty in basic nose functions, and some develop these problems as they age or after an injury. Either way, getting their noses done gives them a chance of leading better lives.
Sadly, some people undergo cosmetic rhinoplasty under the guise of functional repairs because of the stigma associated with getting a vanity-driven nose job. Whatever their reasons are, undergoing rhinoplasty changes their noses for the better.
● Cosmetic Rhinoplasty
Cosmetic rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is a nose job for beautification reasons. Through this, people can change the width of their nose bridge, narrow down their nostrils, or simply tweak their nose into the image they deem ideal. Some nose jobs dramatically change one’s face, while some are subtle yet effective.
Who are Not Qualified for Rhinoplasty?
Before you decide to alter your nose, it must be medically certified that you are healthy. You must also manage expectations on the results, and understand the risks of undergoing plastic surgery.
Surgeons have the right to refuse a patient, and some reasons that may disqualify one from getting a nose done are:
- Serious health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
- You are suffering from clinical depression.
At the end of the day, it is up to the doctor to decide if one is qualified for the procedure or not.
Going Under the Knife
Thanks to the powers of modern science, undergoing rhinoplasty is not as painful as it used to be, although there are medications that can help one through the recovery period.
Before the actual surgery, a patient is administered local anesthesia or will be knocked out with general anesthesia. If one is getting a closed procedure, incisions are hidden inside one’s nose.
In the case of an open procedure, an incision is made across the narrow strip that separates one’s nostrils, the columella. Through these incisions, the skin on one’s nose is gently raised, allowing access to reshape the nose’s structure.
The next step is to reshape the nose’s structure. What happens in this step depends on a case-to-case basis. For those with noses of bigger proportions, this may be the part wherein a bone or cartilage is removed. For narrower noses, this may come in the form of inserting cartilage.
The surgeon then ensures that the septum of your nose does not deviate. This helps you breathe better. Then, the incisions inserted at the beginning of the procedure are closed. In some cases, incisions are added to alter the size of the nostrils.
Once the actual surgery is done, it will take a few weeks with the help of splints and gauze for the nose to properly heal. You can’t expect to have a brand-new nose in an instant. It’ll take some time—and some pain, but it will be worth it after you see the results (we hope!).
A Fair Warning
As with any kind of surgery, there are risks when one undergoes rhinoplasty. Common risks include:
- Allergic reaction to the anesthesia
- Difficulty breathing
- A botched nose job
This is why it is important to enlist the services of a trusted licensed surgeon to conduct rhinoplasty, and not some random guy offering his services on Reddit.
What is the Recovery Time for Rhinoplasty?
As previously mentioned, recovering after a nose job usually takes a few weeks. It depends on the amount of work done on the nose. While the internal dressings may be removed after a week, you can’t just jump back to normal afterward.
- You are discouraged from strenuous physical activities such as jogging, dancing, or swimming laps.
- The doctor may also recommend that you avoid extreme facial expressions like laughing or smiling. So best to avoid watching comedy shows. Also, avoid talking to hilarious people.
- Eat high-fiber food to avoid constipation. If you’re constipated, forcing yourself can cause pressure and strain your nose.
- Avoid clothes that go over your head.
It’ll take some time for the nose to fully heal after undergoing surgery. The change will be gradual, and the swelling will take some time to subside. You will actually see the “final result” of the nose job after a year.
A Kind Reminder
Whatever your reason for spending money on rhinoplasty, it is essential to set realistic expectations and understand the repercussions of undergoing the procedure. Have an honest discussion with the surgeon about the pros and the cons. At the end of the day, it’s your nose and your body, and you should be able to do whatever makes you happy.