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The aim of those who want to have rhinoplasty in daily life is not just to make their noses look more beautiful. There are also some problems accompanying aesthetic concerns. Among these, there are problems that impair the quality of life such as not being able to breathe easily, nasal congestion, snoring, voice changes, and not being able to sleep comfortably. Nasal surgeries, which are called ‘Rhinoplasty’ in medicine, provide aesthetic restructuring as well as correction of intranasal structures.
The process in rhinoplasty starts with an examination to be performed by a specialist doctor. First of all, it is necessary to listen to the patient’s complaints, the asked visual changes, and to evaluate whether they are suitable for the facial anatomy. Here, it is important that the patient and the physician establish a very good communication, and that the patient’s expectations and what can be done medically are put forward in a realistic way. Otherwise, the patient’s dissatisfaction with the operation after the completion leads to the need for second or third operations. Since the nose is a sensitive structure, the accuracy of the evaluation in the first examination is also important in terms of patient satisfaction and ensuring that can the patient can breathe easily, apart from aesthetic concerns. After this stage, photographs of the nose are taken from various angles, and the image that will be formed after the operation is obtained on a wide screen. Once the physician decides on the type of surgery, it is performed under either local anesthesia or general anesthesia.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed surgical operations. However, the age factor should be taken into account before having this surgery. In order for the operation to be performed, there should be no problem in the nasal breathing and olfactory functions, as well as waiting for the cartilage development to be complete. In the 15-18 age range, when the bone and cartilage development in the nose is completed, the necessary examinations should be made and the right time recommended by the physician should be waited. If there is a functional disorder in the nose and a serious problem has arisen that negatively affects the psychological development of the young person, it can be done at a younger age with the approval of the physician.
Which Methods are Used in Rhinoplasty?
Two main techniques are used in rhinoplasty operations, open and closed methods. Depending on the type of problem that is aimed to be treated in the nose, some special aesthetic operation techniques can also be applied.
Millimetric Calculations Can be Done in Open Rhinoplasty
In the method we call open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made under the part between the nostrils. In this way, the surgeon performing the surgery can see the intranasal structures very well. Open rhinoplasty can be performed safely because the inside of the nose can be seen from a wide angle. This makes patients prefer this method more often. Apart from being a safe method, since the healing process is longer than the closed method, it requires great importance to share this information with the patient in a clear and understandable way before the surgery.
Healing Takes Shorter Time in Closed Rhinoplasty
In closed rhinoplasty, operation is performed by making an incision on the inside of the nose. Among the most important advantages of this method is the absence of any visible stitches or scars from the outside. An incision is made from the inner part of the nose instead of the wings, and the cartilage, bone and area under the skin are reached. After all the planned interventions are done here, the operation is completed by suturing. Although the working area is more limited compared to the open surgery method, the most important convenience of the method is that it heals in a shorter time and does not leave any scars.
Apart from these 2 methods, the ‘laser rhinoplasty’ method, which is located in the nose and called the ‘concha’, requires the reduction of the intranasal meats, which makes breathing difficult if it grows, and is applied with laser. As well as plastic surgery can be performed to correct the tip of the nose, surgeries can be performed to correct the problems that persist after rhinoplasty for any reason.
When Does the Nose Meet its Final Shape?
It may take a year for the nose to take its final shape. It is important that patients who have rhinoplasty surgery do not do heavy work for the first year after leaving the hospital. It is necessary to walk around by taking light walks and avoid excessive sun exposure. If there is pain after the surgery, mild painkillers can be taken with the recommendation of the physician. If you are going to take a shower, it is beneficial to continue with warm water and shower for 10-15 minutes at most. Keeping your head is in a slightly upright position while lying down after the operation also ensures that the edema occurs in a shorter time. The tampons placed in the nose can also be removed after 5-10 days. After the tampons are removed, there is no need to worry about light bleeding. It is also recommended that people who have had nose surgery should not blow their nose. Instead, the nose can be gently cleaned with a cotton swab using seawater spray and moisturizing creams. It is possible to return to normal life approximately 7-10 days after the operation. It is important and necessary not to wear glasses for the first 1-2 months after the operation, in order to not create pressure on the nose. There is no harm in starting to use contact lenses exactly one week after the operation. During the first 15 days after the operation, it is imperative not to have any facial procedures performed. Most importantly, the patient should not receive any hit to his/her nose for the first 6 months after the surgery.
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