The cosmetic surgical procedure that alters the shape of one’s nose is called a rhinoplasty, commonly called the nose job. A rhinoplasty is one of the more common and popular procedures opted for by many men and women each year, but it is also quite complex. It may be performed using either a closed technique or an open technique.
The open technique means that there is an incision made in the tissue below the nostrils. This area is opened in order for the surgeon to perform the procedure. The benefits to this method include a higher degree of visibility and the ability to more easily maneuver the cartilage and bone. This is especially helpful when there is a large amount of correction to be done.
The surgeon has more control of precision with the open method. The most negative aspect of this method is that it has a longer recovery time. Because the surgery is more intrusive, there will be a higher degree of swelling, bruising and pain and for a longer period of time.
The closed procedure uses a technique where the incisions are made and all work done via the nostrils. The positive benefits of this approach include no external scarring, less pain, swelling and a shorter recovery time. The negative aspect is that the physician has less access to the cartilage and bone as well as less visibility during surgery.
Both the closed and open rhinoplasty surgeries are performed in a hospital under either general anesthesia or local anesthetic with appropriate sedation by a board certified plastic surgeon. The operation takes from two to three hours to perform.
There are times when a person suffers from a condition called a deviated septum in the nasal region. A deviated septum can cause breathing difficulties but may be corrected in conjunction with a rhinoplasty. If you have this condition, you may want to inquire about having it corrected during your nose job. This is something to discuss with your surgeon during the initial consultation.
Another procedure that may be performed in conjunction with the nose job is a chin enhancement. In order to bring a person’s face into proper balance, a chin implant can be a harmonious addition and result in a striking facial structure and profile.
The final result of a rhinoplasty takes up to a year or two to completely settle in. Swelling and