These are operation that are designed to alter the appearance of a nose for aesthetic purposes or for physical reasons such as breathing difficulties.

How Are Rhinoplasties Performed?

A specialist such as a plastic surgeon or a maxillofacial surgeon will perform the process. The patient will first be sedated before surgery. Although the procedure itself is complicated, the intent is to shape the nasal structure by separating the skin and soft tissues from the underlying cartilage. The cartilage can then be shaped and manipulated to achieve a desired result, based on visual or medical requirements. Finally, a stent will be inserted for a period of five to ten days to help ensure that the form of the new nasal structure remains intact.

To recap, the basic steps of a surgical procedure will include:
  • Pre-surgical sedation.
  • The separation of the skin and tissue from the cartilage.
  • The reshaping of the underlying structure.
  • The insertion of a stent for a period of five to ten days.

There are also non-surgical procedures that are available. Non-invasive treatments will involve a subcutaneous injection of a substance similar to Botox that will reshape the nasal structure. This revision is temporary in nature and while the recovery time is considerably less than with surgery, further injections will be needed to maintain the desired appearance.

So, non-surgical options and their associated characteristics are:
  • The subcutaneous injection of an inert substance.
  • The recovery time is markedly less.
  • The effects are more transient in nature.

Risks of Rhinoplasty Operations

One of the most pronounced risks is that of infection. This can be of a particular concern, as such infections can rapidly spread. However, the chances of developing an infection are quite low. Nonetheless, antibiotics will be prescribed following the procedure.

Another risk involved is that of simple aesthetic dissatisfaction. Some patients will be unhappy with the ultimate results and opt for further treatments. This can turn into a dangerous cycle, for there are only so many times these operations can be performed before irreparable changes have been made.

Another risk is the delicate nature of the area following the procedure. Splints that are removed too early can cause nasal deformation. Exercises that raise blood pressure can rupture sensitive blood vessels and even the act of blowing one's nose can damage internal sutures and lead to the need for further treatments.

Therefore, some of the main risks are:
  • The chance (albeit remote) of infection.
  • Aesthetic dissatisfaction.
  • Possible physical damage or injury following the treatment.

Recovery Times

Healing times will vary, but it should be expected that most bruising will dissipate within two weeks after the operation. Nonetheless, the nasal region will exhibit swelling and a slight deformity for up to three months. During this time, those recovering must be careful not to damage the area in any way, as mentioned earlier.