Çağrı Sade, MD
What is nose surgery (Rhinoplasty)? A popular procedure that modifies the shape and size of the nose both for aesthetical reasons and also to correct structural defects that may cause breathing problem. (It is not recommended for children under the age of 17 when the nose is fully developed). Your skin quality as well as the size and shape of your nose and its relationship to your other facial features will be taken into consideration and in some instances chin surgery which can be done at the same time, may be recommended to improve facial balance.
Who is a suitable candidate for nose surgery?
One or more of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for nose surgery: · Your nose is too big for your face · There is a bump on the bridge of the nose when view in profile · The tip droops / thickened or enlatged · Your nostrils flared excessively · Your nose is off center or crooked · Previous surgery has created an asymmetric appearance.
How is the nose procedure performed?
Rhinoplasty can be performed either using an internal or external surgical approach. The internal surgery approach allows all the incisions to be hidden inside the nostrils. Therefore there is no evidence of any cuts or scarring on the outside of the nose after surgery. The external (Open) approach to nose surgery provides the best exposure to the nose, it is recommended when treating the more difficult problems and leaves a small scar under the nostrils. Small incisions are made inside the nose, the skin is seperated from the underlying supporting framework of bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then sculpted to the desired shape. Possibly with grafts and/or sutures used to increase the strength of the nose and/or building up of the nasal bridge with the patients own cartilage or bone. Duration of operation; 1.5 Hour (under general anesthesia). Hospital stay – 1 night. What to expect immeiaitely after surgery? Patients leave with a splint placed on the nose to protect and keep the structure stable for 5-8 days. Packing may be placed inside the nose during surgery to be removed 1-3 days after surgery. Your face may be puffy with some bruising often under the eyes but this should disappear within the first week after the operation. It is important that everyone knows that not everyone will achieve the same results from surgery. How long will it be before I can get back to my normal life?Recovery varies from patient to patient but 7 nights stay is recommended in Turkey. Most patients can return to work after 1 week. Final results may take longer to be seen, upto 12 months once all the swelling has gone. Can nose surgery be performed without a scars? Scars are part of the healing process following an operation but by following the surgoens guidelines with time they will fade and become barely perceptible. Rhinoplasty is one of the most complicated surgery to perform in cosmetic surgery, particularly revisions. The nose performs a critical function so we are constantly balancing the need to optimize that function whilst providing the desired result in terms of aesthetics. Nose surgery is performed to create a nose that is natural and blends harmoniously with your other features, the procedure does not offer perfection but improvement.
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