All you need to know about Rhinoplasty

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty literally means to shape the nose (rhino meaning nose and plassein meaning to shape), it is a cosmetic surgery which is done to change the shape and structure of your nose to make it more aesthetic. After the surgery is completed, your nose will resemble a predetermined shape i.e. functional, proportional and aesthetic.

Why undergo a Rhinoplasty?

You may be forced to undergo this surgery or you may undergo it by choice. Most people undergo this surgery for the following:

  1. Trauma: If you are in a car accident or a sporting accident or sustain any sort of trauma to your nose, it may be
    broken and its shape may change. Your changed nose may not be as aesthetic as it used to be, a rhinoplasty will within a few hours recreate the structure of
    your nose and make it look beautiful.
  2. Genetics: The structure of your nose is determined by your DNA, if your family has an un-aesthetic nose, then so
    will you. A simple rhinoplasty will give you the power of choice; you can recreate the structure of your nose as you want it.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

Your surgeon can follow two methods while performing the rhinoplasty, they are:

  • Open Rhinoplasty: In this method most of the incisions will be made on the inside of your nose, however one will also
    be made on the columella (the fleshy exterior of your septum), while this will provide the surgeon with more working space and a better field of view, it will
    also create a small permanent scar.
  • Closed Rhinoplasty: In this method all of the incisions will be made on the inside of your nose. While this method is more complicated and harder for your surgeon it has many advantages over open rhinoplasty.

Only the placement of the incisions is different, other than that, the procedure of both types remains the same.

Combining Rhinoplasty and Deviated Septum Surgery

Septoplasty is the only permanent solution for a deviated septum. If you are suffering from one, then you will have to undergo nasal surgery. Why not combine your septoplasty with a rhinoplasty? This will have many advantages such as:

  • You will have to recover from one surgery only
  • You will have to suffer from the pain of one surgery only
  • Since both are nasal surgeries, you will not have to undergo two separate surgeries
  • Cheaper

Thus if you are not pleased with the shape of your nose and you have to undergo surgery for a deviated septum, you might as well undergo both septoplasty and rhinoplasty together.

Author: Perumal G.

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