Things To Consider When Getting Rhinoplasty Surgery
Having a “nose job” is common in many developed countries. Although most patients are women, more and more men are getting rhinoplasty surgery, as well. The process reshapes the nose to remove unwanted features such as bumps or broad nostrils, or to generally mold the nose into a more desirable shape.
Before undergoing any kind of surgery, the doctor will need to make sure that the patient is healthy enough. Taking certain medications or having certain conditions can be contradictions to having any kind of elective procedure. Psychological health factors are important, as well, and any good surgeon will want to make sure that patients have realistic expectations.
Two basic types of nose jobs exist within the surgical world. One is called open and is other is called closed. If the surgeon cuts the tissue between the openings of the two nostrils, which is called the columella, the procedure is considered open. If not, it is considered closed. Open procedures can leave more scars and slightly increased post-surgical swelling, but they allow more room for the surgeon to work.
While having the procedure, the patient can either be sedated, under general anesthesia, or just use a local. Sedation ranges from mild to complete, where patients experience some or none of the procedure that is being performed under local anesthesia. This is a less medically risky option than general anesthesia, but your doctor will explain the options and their benefits and risks.
In most cosmetic rhinoplasties, reducing the size of the nose is the object, and additional tissue is not needed. However, for reconstructive rhinoplasties or those that do require additional tissue to support the new shape, autologous transplants are most commonly used. These are harvested from elsewhere on the patient’s body and moved to the nose, which avoid transplant rejection which would occur with an outside donor. They usually include either cartilage or bone.
Wearing a splint for a period of time after surgery is an important part of ensuring that the nose heals in the right shape. Wearing a splint is only one part of aftercare, however, and patients need to follow their surgeon’s instructions as closely as possible with regards to all aftercare. Not doing so can risk cosmetic issues such as scars or shape changes, and medical ones such as infections.
Complete healing occurs slowly and in stages. Stitches are generally removed after four or five days, and the splint at about a week after surgery. Because of the proximity of the procedure to the small blood vessels surrounding the eyes, it is normal for bruising similar in appearance to two black eyes to occur. This usually takes about 2 weeks to resolve.
Weighing the risks against the benefits is involved in any surgery, but this becomes especially important when considering cosmetic surgery. Getting rhinoplasty Edmonton surgery isn’t especially dangerous for most people, but any surgery carries risks that would not be present if the patient went without. For a better idea of what your personal risks might be, consult with an experienced doctor.
A cosmetic surgeon can provide you with many options to get the appearance that you desire. Whether you want facelift Edmonton or cosmetic surgery Edmonton an accredited cosmetic surgeon will work with you to get the best.