Rhinoplasty or what is commonly known as ‘nose job’ is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. This is used to reshape the nose by changing the overall size, changing the angle between the nose and the upper lip, removing a hump, narrowing the nostril span or changing the shape of the tip. The procedure is recommended for people who wish to improve the appearance of their nose.
There are two types of nose surgery based on the way the surgeon approaches the nose interior. The surgeon begins the procedure either making the incision inside the nose or the incision is made across the columella. Columella is the tissue that separates the nostrils. When the incision is made inside the nostril, it is known as ‘Closed Rhinoplasty’ and if the incision is made across the columella, it is known as ‘Open Rhinoplasty’.
In open rhinoplasty, access to the cartilage of the bone of the nose is restricted and the possibility of scarring is more. However, the surgeon gets better access to lift the skin from the tip of the nose and shape the cartilage with precision. The incision leaves a small scar on the underside of the nose. Open rhinoplasty is preferred in more complex cases as it provides better view and easier access to the inside of the nose.
Some swelling and bruising can occur. Patients are advised to stay in bed for a day. They will feel better in a day or two. They will be able to get back to work within a week after surgery. Sufficient time needs to be given to the nose to heal and it may take nearly six months for the final result to be visible.
Rhinoplasty performed for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of the nose is not covered by insurance. However if one undergoes this procedure to treat breathing problems or deformities, insurance may be available to some degree.
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