Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Surgery
by Dr. Samir Ahire
Rhinoplasty or Nose Surgery in Mumbai
Rhinoplasty better known as NOSE JOB surgery is the best way to reshape nose. Rhinoplasty can be done for functional reasons like difficulty in breathing or aesthetic reasons like a crooked nose. Rhinoplasty is broadly categorised into Closed Rhinoplasty and Open Rhinoplasty. In the closed Rhinoplasty procedure, the incision is inside the nostril. For Some deformities, open rhinoplasty is done where the incision mark is present in the undersurface of the nose (columella).
Frequently Asking Questions
Healing and recovery time can vary from one patient to another. It also depends on the type of rhinoplasty procedure you receive and the extent of the procedure. However, the average recovery time can last anywhere between two weeks and a few months.
As with any cosmetic or medical procedure, there are a few minor potential risks that are associated with rhinoplasty. Dr. Samir Ahire will take the time to assess your nose during the initial consultation and explain these potential risks to you. Here is a list of some of the side effects you may encounter during the recovery period:
- Discoloration and slight swelling around the nose
- Various sensations such as numbness, itchiness, or discomfort
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia (it’s important to provide a complete list of allergies before the procedure)
- Infection if proper aftercare isn’t administered
- Some scarring or redness
- Nasal septal perforation (a small hole in the septum) – this is rare but is treatable in most cases
- Possible need for revision surgery (this is not uncommon)
- Dissatisfaction with the end result
- Laboured breathing (which can be corrected through revision rhinoplasty)
Following your preliminary assessment, Dr. Samir Ahire will provide you with a complete list of instructions to help you prepare for nose surgery. Here are a few things you should do to prepare ahead of time:
- Fill all prescriptions that are prescribed so you’re well prepared
- Stock your fridge with foods that are easy to digest and eat (you may feel nauseous in the days after your surgery)
- Do your laundry – particularly your sheets because you will be bedridden for a number of days post surgery
- Stock up on button down tops to reduce the risk of damaging your nose by putting on and taking off shirts over your head
- Stay hydrated at all times
- Take a shower the night before the surgery to remove all makeup and skincare products.
- Stock up on lip balm or petroleum jelly because your lips will be extremely dry after surgery
- We recommend that you arrange to have someone drive you to your surgery
- Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your surgery
- Wear an easily removable button-up shirt
Depending on the nature of the procedure, rhinoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis in either a hospital or a clinic. You may be required for a few extra hours post-op for observation, but you most likely won’t have to stay overnight.
Open rhinoplasty is when the facial plastic surgeon makes an incision on the inside of the nostrils and on the outside of the columella, which is the external strip of cartilage that unites the nostrils. This procedure is much easier to perform than a closed rhinoplasty because it makes it easier for the surgeon to be able to see what they’re doing.
Closed rhinoplasty is when all of the incisions are made from the inside of the nasal passage. This is the more popular option because all of the scarring—as minimal as it is—appears on the inside of the nose. The recovery time is also usually a lot shorter.
Rhinoplasty is permanent in the sense that as long as your facial features are fully developed, then your nose won’t change shape on its own. That being said, rhinoplasty is also reversible and unpleasant results can be corrected through revision rhinoplasty if necessary.
Revision rhinoplasty is a secondary rhinoplasty procedure that you can undergo if you’re unsatisfied with the results of the first procedure or to correct post-op complications that may arise.
In some cases, septoplasty surgery (correcting a deviated septum) can actually reduce or stop snoring and even treat patients with breathing disorders such as sleep apnea. Schedule an assessment with Dr. Samir Ahire to see if this procedure is right for you.
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