Rhinoplasty still tops the list of cosmetic surgeries along with breast augmentation and liposuction. Many people, for various reasons, attempt to correct the shape or length of their nose with rhinoplasty, considering this procedure to be relatively simple and quick compared to other areas of cosmetic surgery. Is it really? We are going to reveal some useful nuances and facts about this.
Aesthetic nose surgery in antiquity
The foundations of rhinoplasty were laid more than 2500 years ago. The first surgeons who decided on such operations lived in ancient India. Moreover, their centuries-old methods are very similar to modern methods. Until now, Hindus keep ancient books describing methods of restoring the most prominent part of the face, often damaged by soldiers during wars. These manuscripts fell into the hands of English doctors in the 18th century, after which rhinoplasty became one of the most popular procedures in the cosmetics industry.
Not just for beauty
Although most often rhinoplasty is performed due to patients' desire to improve the shape of the nose, it is also used to restore the face after serious illnesses, injuries and birth defects. Rhinoplasty surgery is sometimes indicated for those who have breathing problems associated with a misplaced nasal septum.
Definition of the objective
Anyone who decides to undergo cosmetic surgery must clearly define the objectives of the operation for themselves. This should be done before going to the clinic so that the doctor can properly plan the entire procedure for optimal results. It is advisable to visualize the surgeon what the nose should look like. As a sample, you can bring photographs or a drawing so that the doctor can consult the patient in detail. In this case, there will be more chances to achieve the desired result.
Choice of doctor
Almost all cosmetic surgery clinics offer rhinoplasty services. Considering the popularity of this field of medicine, the considerable cost of the procedure and the possible health risks, it is important to take a responsible approach in choosing a surgeon. You should not listen only to representatives of the clinic and believe their beautiful advertising campaign. It is useful to visit several similar establishments and consultations to decide more easily. It is equally important to read reviews from real patients and independent experts.
The medical institution must have the necessary documents, and the doctor responsible for the operation must have certificates, documents confirming his qualifications. Recommendations from friends and acquaintances can also be helpful. High quality plastic surgery is expensive, so there is no need to rush and accept suspicious offers and promotions. Before making a choice, it is always useful to clarify everything and weigh everything well.
Cartilage and skin of other parts of the body
Rhinoplasty sometimes uses cartilage and skin from other parts of the body. Basically, this is done to enlarge the nose or restore it. Usually, cartilage is taken from the ear or rib area and skin particles are removed from the forehead. The doctor should inform the patient about such manipulations even before the operation.
Marks on the face
Those who decide on rhinoplasty should be prepared for bruising and swelling of the face after the operation. The duration of their passage depends on the complexity of the operation and the individual characteristics of the person: for someone the recovery process takes several days, while for someone pain and swelling can takeweeks. Usually, the doctor recommends patients after rhinoplasty to take a sick leave for about seven days so that the muscles and skin of the face heal properly. But it is optimal if the recovery period takes at least ten days. Mild swelling and intermittent mild pain when pressing on the nose may persist after this, but gradually disappear. Sometimes, for quick healing, patients are advised to lubricate the nasal area with fish oil.
Refusal of glasses and physical activity
This may be bad news for those who wear glasses, but after rhinoplasty this accessory should not be worn for at least a week. Otherwise, it may interfere with the recovery process. Another contraindication is physical activity, which should also be forgotten for at least a month after the operation. This is because an increase in heart rate can lead to further swelling in the nose area, which will prevent it from recovering properly. Intensive sports after rhinoplasty can cause pain, facial bruising and bleeding.
One of the most common questions asked by patients at aesthetic clinics is how painful is nose plastic surgery? This is particularly interesting for those who have a very low pain threshold. But usually, after a properly performed rhinoplasty, a person does not feel severe pain. He may feel some discomfort in the first days after the operation and slight pain due to handling and swelling that has appeared. Sometimes there is some discomfort when breathing, as if something is blocking the air in the nasal cavity. But if, even two or three days after the procedure, a person has severe flushing of the face, chills, fever or incomprehensible runny nose, then it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible and undergo an examinationto rule on infection and other complications.
Many mistakenly believe that the result of the operation can be seen in a few days. It's not true. Although changes in the shape of the nose are likely to be noticeable after 2-3 days, the success of the operation can only be finally judged after a year. The initial swelling usually subsides after a week or more, but it will still take about a year for a primary rhinoplasty and about fifteen months for a secondary rhinoplasty to achieve the correct shape of the nose. The time it takes to reshape the nose will also depend on other factors, such as the patient's ethnicity and the thickness of the skin.
Anyone considering rhinoplasty should remember that perfect noses do not exist. This will be confirmed by most conscientious plastic surgeons. And if a person has serious problems with the shape of the nose, then it is not necessary to place too much hope in rhinoplasty, in order not to be disappointed later. Not always the procedure can justify the initial desires. Plastic surgery can partially correct the shape of the nose, but it is unlikely to be so perfect that everyone likes it. After all, everyone has their own idea of beauty, and it is quite difficult to achieve perfection with the help of a surgeon. And most importantly, the operation is not able to improve the internal qualities, energy and charm of a person: they will have to be developed independently.