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Nose Surgery: Rhinoplasty

Posted on Apr 09, 2014 at

People who are unsatisfied by the size or shape of their or those suffering from functional abnormalities may consider rhinoplasty. The nasal septum is a mesh of cartilages and bones that divides the cavity into equal halves. Ideally, the septum should be straight. However, due to several reasons people often develop a deviation of the septum from the midline that may lead to breathing difficulties at times. Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills is one of the most sought after plastic procedures that very efficiently improves nasal aesthetics and corrects other dormant issues. The procedure is usually considered for cosmetic reasons by people having an over-sized nose that is not in harmony with the rest of the facial features, a bump on the bridge, or for correcting problems with the nasal tip.

Rhinoplasty, like any other surgery involves certain potential complications, and children who are still growing may not be the right candidates for rhinoplasty. A critical ingredient of the surgery is to determine the expectations of the candidate from the surgery regarding how the nose will look like after the surgery. Hence, the final profile of the nose depends upon both the surgeon’s skill set as well as patient’s tissue characteristics.

During consultation hours, the surgeon may recommend diverse alternatives and options to harmonize the nose with other facial features. Certain medications are advised to be avoided prior to the surgery which includes anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen that augments the possibility of bleeding. Natural herbs and vitamins such as Vitamin E, omega-3 and green tea may also intensify the chances of bleeding although being natural. Smokers are strictly advised to quit smoking before surgery as it may damage blood circulation and inhibit healthy wound healing.

Open and closed techniques of rhinoplasty exist. Dr. Tahernia finds that for more complex surgeries the preferred approach is an open technique as it allows a more precise correction of the underlying problems. For more minor nasal correction, such as a correction of a dorsal hump, the closed technique can be pursued. Generally speaking however for a standard rhinoplasty, where multiple maneuvers are necessary to achieve the desired effect, the open approach is preferred. There are many fine components to the surgery which Dr. Tahernia can discuss with you in detail during your consultation.

Rhinoplasty produces a pleasing contour for the nose by refining its shape. Open surgery is administered under general anesthesia. The time duration of surgery usually depends upon the technique performed and lasts for almost 1-2 hours. Internal or external splints are used, although internal packing is less preferred by surgeons. Externals splints can be used for about 1-2 weeks, whereas internal packing can be used for less than a week. Open surgery usually involves bone work that leads to bruising around eyes that will eventually subside within 10 days. Patients can resume routine chores after a week or so.

Rhinoplasty, as any other surgical procedure is associated with certain risks and complications. Bruising, swelling and nasal numbness, septal rip, delayed cartilage distortion and adverse scarring are some of the after effects of the surgery which are rare. Typically several months must pass for the swelling to subside and for the final result to be appreciated. The final outcome of rhinoplasty is an attractive nose that looks naturally consistent and blends harmoniously with the rest of the facial features.

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