Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular types of facial plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Around 220,000 rhinoplasties, more commonly known as nose jobs, are done each year. This type of cosmetic therapy will change the way a person’s nose looks or even functions. It’s important to understand that not all rhinoplasties are simply for looks, and can correct some fairly major health concerns as well.
Rhinoplasties can help balance the look of your nose on your face, and they have the same function of improving the way you breathe. If you struggle with a snoring partner or seem to not be able to get enough oxygen, you should consult with a plastic surgeon because this might be a procedure that helps you. Let’s take a look at whether rhinoplasty might be a good solution for your problems.
Is Getting a Nose Job Right for Me?
People who get rhinoplasties don’t do so just for the cosmetic aspect of it. Nasal obstructions are very often a common medical condition that requires surgery to improve. These types of obstructions can impact a person’s sleep, breathe, and even exercise. If you have a nasal obstruction, it can cause you to be a heavy snorer or even a deadly condition known as sleep apnea, which should be treated right away.
If you can’t seem to find solutions that work, like a CPAP machine for sleep apnea or nasal sprays to help open your nasal passages, the rhinoplasty might be the next step you should take in treating this condition. In this case, your medical insurance might be able to cover getting this procedure done since it’s for a medical reason and not purely cosmetic.
Usually, these types of nasal obstructions are connected directly to the septum. The septum is a wall of cartilage that is set between both sides of your nose. When it’s deviated, a common issue known as a deviated septum, it can interfere with proper nose function. That would require a rhinoplasty to fix if the deviation is severe enough. This will help you be able to breathe normally again, fixing the deviated septum.
Can You Do Cosmetic Rhinoplasty?
When doing a functional rhinoplasty, many patients often ask if other changes can be made to the nose. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery. It most likely won’t be covered by your insurance company, but having cosmetic work done at the same as traditional surgery is often recommended. That way you will only undergo one surgery and only one period of healing.
Common requests patients have is refining the tip of the nose, lessening of a hump on their nose, and fixing any placement issues. These types of problems have often bothered people about their appearance for years. Many might start to get worse as the person ages. Being able to fix a deviated septum and correct cosmetic issues at the same time is a real plus for a lot of patients.
Anything Else I Should Know About Rhinoplasty?
The surgery is often done after giving the patient general anesthesia. You might think there would be scars after this type of surgery, but the tiny cut is made at the base of your nose, which completely heals and is not noticeable. The cuts made allow the surgeon to be able to access bones and cartilage where most of the surgery would take place. Once the work of fixing the problem areas is complete, the cartilage and bones will be adjusted.
One of the biggest questions a lot of patients ask us is whether their nose would have to be broken to complete the surgery. Typically, the answer is no as problem areas can easily be shifted and moved. If you’ve ever broken your nose before or suffered other types of nasal trauma, oftentimes that shift allows easier access for the surgeon and is rarely a problem. With the nasal hump, the bone is often smooth down and never broken.
What Will My Recovery Be Like?
Most of the patients to get rhinoplasty are often able to go home the same day. It’s expected that most patients would take about a week off to help rest and recover. It would then be expected that they ice the area to help the healing process and develop a regular regimen for cleaning out the area. You may require pain medication, usually, that’s only for a couple of days. The healing process isn’t long, depending on the intensity of the surgery.
Despite that, you might find breathing a little difficult. There will be nose splints placed inside your nostrils to help the healing process. There is often a bit of swelling that takes place, but it usually happens by the third day and quickly subsides after that. You might also need to wear a small cast on your nose to help protect it while healing is taking place. One final side effect might include a little swelling under the eyes, but that goes away quickly as well.
After the week passes, you should be good to go. You’d go back to the office and they’ll remove the cast and the splints from your nose. At that point, you should be able to resume everyday activities, including working out, going to work, and running. Just be sure you avoid any activities that risk contact your surgically repaired nose. While you’re good to go, some patients do not completely heal for a whole month up to an entire year for the swelling to completely go away.
Before you agree to get rhinoplasty surgery, make sure the surgeon you choose is board-certified. That ensures that they are true professionals and experts in the field of cosmetic repairs. If you’re unsure of who to go with, ask your doctor for a referral that might be covered within your insurance network. Remember, cosmetic surgery may not be covered by your insurance, just the part that’s medically necessary.
Consulting with a rhinoplasty surgeon is the best way to decide on a course of action.
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