Nose Reshaping Surgery
Nose reshaping surgery – or rhinoplasty – is the most frequently performed plastic surgical procedure in the UK today, only being surpassed by Botox. As a nose is such a visible feature on a person – it is probably the first thing you notice when you see someone and due to this a person’s outlook on themselves can be severely diminished if they feel their nose is badly shaped. This does not relate solely to vanity, as children with a crooked nose, for example, can be quite severely bullied in schools and playgrounds. However, nose reshaping surgery is never available in young people under the age of 16 and even in older teens it is only performed if their motivation is right and not driven solely by peer pressure.
The Nose Reshaping Surgery Consultation
If you are thinking of having nose reshaping surgery, you should first think very hard about what you would like your nose to look like. It is advised to assemble some photographs of nose shapes that you find attractive and think might suit your face. When you attend an initial consultation, the surgeon will take this into consideration and will discuss with you whether or not such changes are achievable and whether they suit the overall look of your face, in particular your ethnicity.
Nose Reshaping Surgery Techniques
There are two main techniques used by plastic surgeons:
- Open surgery, whereby incisions are made on the outside of the nose, potentially leading to scarring. This technique is mainly used when quite dramatic work needs to be done and when it would not be possible to do it in any other way due to the areas of the nose that need accessing.
- Closed surgery is performed by making an incision on the inside of the nose which means scarring is highly unlikely. This is the preferred nose reshaping surgery method.
The Nose Reshaping Surgery Procedure
The procedure itself is relatively straight forward and is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. Depending on the time of day in which the surgery takes place, the procedure can be carried out on an outpatient basis, meaning you could go home the same day. Sometimes an overnight stay is advised. Your surgeon will have advised you on which type of surgery they will use – open or closed – so you will have been able to prepare yourself.
After Nose Reshaping Surgery
Once the nose reshaping surgery has been completed, a splint will generally be attached to the nose that will need to remain in place for around a week to ten days. The plastic surgeon will remove the splint, allowing him or her to check whether the healing process is well underway. You can also expect to experience quite severe swelling and bruising, particularly if your nose has been broken during the nose reshaping surgery. You may be prescribed medication to make these effects less prominent.
As you can see, nose reshaping surgery is a relatively straightforward and common procedure. However, this does not mean that anyone is able to perform such surgery, and you should think very carefully before making a final decision on which surgeon to go with. Generally, with plastic surgery, a higher price does mean better quality.
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