If you’re curious what a nose job is and have always thought a rhinoplasty was something you might see on Animal Planet or The Discovery Channel, we’re here to help you make “scents” of this popular cosmetic procedure.
And no more puns. We promise.
What Does Rhinoplasty Fix?
Nose jobs are one of the top elective cosmetic surgical procedures in Mechanicsburg and throughout the United States. Residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere turn to rhinoplasty in order to repair or reshape the nose. Depending on the desired outcome, a nose job can change the size, width and profile of the nose; smooth out bumps or depressions on the bridge; correct the nasal tip and reshape nostrils that are considered too large or wide.
People opt for nose jobs for a variety of reasons both cosmetic and restorative. The nose is such a prominent feature of the face, many feel embarrassed or uncomfortable with theirs and wish to alter it more to their liking. A nose job can restore confidence and help you feel better about your overall appearance. Others undergo a nose job in order to correct a medical defect, such as a deviated septum, which causes a number of unpleasant side effects including sinus pain and pressure, congestion, runny nose, nosebleeds, snoring and sleep apnea, loss of smell and more. Trauma victims may turn to rhinoplasty in order to improve the appearance or functionality of the nose following an accident or injury.
How is a Nose Job Performed?
Rhinoplasty is performed using either a local or general anesthetic. The procedure usually takes no more than an hour or two, but if complex restructuring is required it may last longer. Once the anesthesia has been administered, an incision is made inside the nostrils and the nose is either reduced or enlarged using cartilage from other parts of the body. If a deviated septum is being fixed, the nose is straightened. Once the physical corrections have been performed, the incisions are closed and the patient is given a splint and packing to help support the nose during the healing process. The majority of patients are sent home the same day but asked to rest in bed and keep the head elevated for a few days. Complex cases might require a short hospital stay.
Nose jobs are very common and safe, but there are always a few risks associated with surgical procedures. Puffiness and minor bruising often occur for the first few days after surgery. Other possible complications include infection, bleeding, pain, swelling, numbness, nasal asymmetry, irregular skin contours and perforations in the nasal septum. Fortunately, these are all rare. Most patients are able to remove their dressings in about a week and enjoy permanent results.
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, your Mechanicsburg ear, nose and throat specialist can discuss the benefits of a nose job with you.