Rhinoplasty or nose job or nose reshaping is a plastic surgery treatment for rebuilding the form, restoring the functions and aesthetically enhancing the shape of the nose. An ontolaryngologist, a maxillofacial surgeon or a plastic surgeon performs Rhinoplasty. The surgery involves separation of nasal skin and soft tissues from the nasal framework, correcting them as required, suturing back the incisions and applying a package or a stent to restrict mobilization in the treated area.
Why nose reshaping:
Cancer: Rhinoplasty is often performed after the removal of cancerous nasal skin. Sometimes patients lose their nasal tips due to the excision of cancerous tissues, in such cases surgery provides support to the nasal structure through cartilage grafts.
Congenital deformities: Congenital deformities or conditions existing at birth like cleft lip and cleft palate are frequently treated through Rhinoplasty.
Obstructed airways: Sometimes people experience difficulty in breathing due to excessive trimming in nasal cartilage. The surgery improves normal breathing and patients can enjoy deep breathing.
Saddled nose: sometimes nose lacks support needed to maintain its shape as a result it saddles in the middle. Nose reshaping reconstructs the collapsed perforated septum, thereby reconstructing its shape.
Rhinophyma: the thickened skin and the fleshy appearance of the nasal tip due to Rosacea can only be treated through nose job. Laser rhinoplasty is considered to be the best rhinoplastic treatment for rhinophyma.
Wide nose: people who have wide nostrils frequently benefit from rhinoplasty. The plastic surgeon cuts and shapes the bones to make nose narrower and straighter.
Non-surgical nose reshaping procedures:
People who do not want to avail surgical procedures can benefit from injectable fillers like collagen. The filler fills in the depressions in the nose, lifts the tip and gives a smooth appearance on the bridge. They can be used to correct some functional defects however, they do not alter nose size.
The time span of the results
The results of nose reshaping become apparent over the course of time and may take several months because swelling takes a little longer to dissipate completely. Once results are prominent, they usually stay permanently. However, nasal tissues and bones will keep on growing with time so they may make little alterations in the results.
Risks associated with Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a safe procedure. However, it inherits the risks that all surgical treatments have.
- Bleeding is rare and if happens, it usually resolves without treatment.
- Infection is also exceptional.
- Sometimes adhesions or fibrous bands are formed that obstruct the air ways and need surgical removal.
- Too much reshaping may result in a polly beak deformity; in which the nasal shape resembles the beak of a parrot.
- Other deformities that can arise due to an incorrect procedure or over doing the surgery include porcine nose, pinched-tip nose, chronic nose bleeding, difficult breathing, whistling breathing or empty nose syndrome.
Let your insurer pay for your nose reshaping
Costs of a nose job include surgeon’s fee, hospital dues, anesthesia fee, medicines cost and medical test that can be covered by the insurance company if the aim behind the rhinoplasty is reconstructive. Sometimes rhinoplasty treats nasal defects and deformities that lie under the category of plastic surgeries. You will need a detailed check-up by the surgeon to examine the exact cause to undergo surgery and a prior authorization from the insurance company.