Everything you need to know about rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty consists of remodeling the nasal pyramid, consisting of bone structures and cartilaginous structures covered with skin. The specialist can reconstruct each structure separately or both structures at the same time, in which case we are talking about a total rhinoplasty. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, certain respiratory deficiencies or traumas can be corrected on this occasion. The intervention is addressed to people over 18 years of age, when the growth stage is completed and the nasal bone structures are completed.

Types of rhinoplasties

Depending on the type of incision used, rhinoplasty can be of two types: closed or open. The closed one is made through incisions inside the nostrils, imperceptible on the outside. In the case of open rhinoplasty, a small 3 mm incision is added to the skin covering the septum between the nostrils. Usually, open rhinoplasty gives the doctor better access to the septum and cartilage, as well as more visibility, which is essential for a complex operation.

What results can be obtained

Aesthetically, the nose is disproportionate to the patient’s facial features. The nostrils can be repositioned, the tip of the nose can be reshaped, and the nasal hump (exaggerated or moderately increased nasal development of bone relief) can be removed. If you have difficulty breathing and want to solve this problem, you must first make a trip to the ENT. You certainly have a nasal obstruction whose causes only the ENT specialist can identify. In this way, the appropriate type of treatment, medical or surgical, can be determined. Dr. Adrian Reboșapcă emphasizes the importance of a good collaboration between specialists in order to obtain the best aesthetic result.

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Recovery period

The first two weeks after surgery are the most important. The new shape of the nose is reinforced with a thermoplastic splint applied with adhesive tapes. During the entire recovery period (8 months – 1 year), it is recommended to avoid exposure to cold or excessive heat, physical exertion, trauma or any other activities that could generate local vasodilations, says the ATO clinic specialist. Gradually, the degree of caution is reduced and the patient can resume normal activity, following the instructions listed above.

How long the results can be seen

Compared to other cosmetic procedures, the results of a rhinoplasty are not immediately visible. The excess skin that results postoperatively is to contract and retract, adapting to the new dimensions. The entire healing period of the nasal tissues lasts about a year, during which time an aesthetic inconvenience is the post-operative appearance of a swollen nose, a normal healing reaction.

Contraindications and risks

If we refer to the risks of rhinoplasty, we must consider the potential risks in the case of any surgery: bleeding, superinfection, necrosis, specific anesthetic / post anesthetic risks. Although these risks are not very common, they should not be ignored. In turn, the doctor establishes the plan of operation, depending on the particularities related to sex, anatomical features, the existence of a previous trauma, possible previous interventions, association with an allergic background or other possible diseases (lupus, rhinophyma, coagulation disorders, etc.). ).

Can you do “retouching”?

Not. Rhinoplasty is an operation that is performed once in a lifetime or at most twice. Dr. Adrian Reboșapcă does not support or encourage reintervention operations because they can cause more harm than good. The normal retraction process becomes unpredictable in the case of reinterventions and as a result of the scars resulting from the previous operation. Scar retractions can lead to large deformities, much more annoying aesthetically than the original shape. Therefore, the decision to undergo a rhinoplasty operation must be very carefully weighed in advance and consulted in detail with the specialist.

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How much does it cost

Depending on the complexity of the rhinoplasty operation, the costs vary between 1000 and 2500 euros.

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