Interested in a better-looking nose? Nasal surgery, also called rhinoplasty, is a surgical solution to aesthetic and functional nasal issues. These issues typically come about as a result of genetics or nasal injury.
A variety of nasal issues exist. It can be difficult to see exactly how one’s nose is abnormal, since nasal anatomy is complex and dependent on the proportions of the nose as a whole. During a consultation, Dr. Berhane will analyze the nose area and diagnose the exact issue, then suggest a course of action to solve it.
Rhinoplasty can be used to alter structures such as the nostrils, the tip of the nose, the bridge, and the septum. Unlike many procedures, it can be either functional or cosmetic. If your nasal problems are causing you to have difficulty breathing, you’ll need functional rhinoplasty to correct it. Your health insurance company may cover part of the cost of this procedure as a result of this.
As with other surgeries, a minimum age limit is in effect for rhinoplasty surgery. Surgery at early age would not be advised, since the tissues of the nose haven’t yet settled into their final configuration and are still growing and changing.
The length of time that rhinoplasty surgery takes can range from one to three hours. Certain procedures are more complex and take longer, and others are simpler and shorter.
Dr. Berhane may use either open rhinoplasty or closed rhinoplasty. With open rhinoplasty, the incision is made externally on the nose, on the columella area (the skin between the nostrils); this allows the skin to be carefully lifted. The open technique gives Dr. Berhane more access to the nasal architecture, which is made up of cartilage, bone, and soft tissue.
With closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Berhane will make one or more incisions within the nostrils instead of on the outside of the nose. Since the skin is not lifted, it’s a less invasive technique. The resulting scars are less obvious than with an open rhinoplasty, since they are hidden within the nostrils.
Cartilage grafts may be employed to strengthen the nasal architecture. Because these implants are made from the body’s own material – cartilage harvested from the patient’s septum, ear, or ribs – they’re known as autologous grafts. These are much more likely to be accepted by the body instead of rejected. They’re cut in a variety of shapes and sizes for various functions By Dr Berhane.
After the problematic cartilage, bone, and/or soft tissue have been removed, the incisions will be closed with medical stitches. If an open procedure was used, the skin will be redraped before the incisions are closed.
Once the surgery is complete, a nasal splint may be placed on the area. This splint should be worn for around a week. Bandages or internal packing may also be used.
Some degree of bruising and swelling typically occurs following rhinoplasty surgery. This will dissipate over time and can last for up to two weeks. Cold compresses aid in the reduction of the swelling. Very minor swelling may remain for up to a year.
During your recovery, sleep on your back to avoid any nasal pressure. Avoid blowing your nose for a week, since the nasal tissues will be weaker than usual, and stay away from any physically taxing activities for up to six weeks. Typically, people are able to come back to work after a 7-to-10-day healing period.
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