What is the process?
The rhinoplasty procedure is essentially a six-step process.
Anethesia options include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The best choice can be made between patient and doctor.
2. The Incision
There are two ways the incision is performed. A closed procedure: where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or open: where the incision is made across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils (columella). Skin that covers the nasal bone and cartilage is gently raised for the procedure.
3. The Reshape
In a lot of cases, the nose may be overly large and need reducing. For this, removing bone or cartilage is what’s done for the reshape. There are times in surgery where cartilage needs to be added, and this usually comes from the septum, the ear, or the rib.
4. Correct a Deviated Septum
At this point in the procedure, a deviated septum can be straightened out to help improve breathing.
5. The Close
Once the sculpting is done and the structure is precise, nasal skin and tissue are placed back and the incisions are closed.
6. The Results
Splints and gauze are used for a few days to help support the nose to heal. Initial swelling will subside within a few weeks and the refining process will come into full view.