Nose correction (rhinoplasty)
Nasal surgery is historically the operation associated with the development of plastic surgery. In Greek, “plaster” is modeled and first described in the literature with plastic surgery of the nose. Rhinoplasty is one of the most demanding surgeries in plastic cosmetic surgery.
The harmony of the face is clearly influenced by the shape, size, and position of the nose. Changes in the shape of the nose can be corrected surgically.
Today it is especially important that the “operated” nose fits harmoniously in the face. A nose is not completely changed, it is only improved. Respiratory problems with a slanted nasal septum or enlarged cavernosum (turbinate) can also be corrected in the course of a nose operation.
A precise planning of the operation is very important and takes place on the basis of an exact photo study with the help of the computer. Cosmetic nose surgeries are usually performed on an outpatient basis and under anesthesia. If only the tip of the nose (boned) has to be corrected, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia.
The operation is usually performed from the inside of the nose. External incisions, which hardly lead to visible scars, may be required at the bridge of the nose, more rarely at the lateral nasal exit.
After surgery, the outer nose is splinted by a bandage of plaster or plastic. As a rule, the pain after surgery is low.
The eyelids are swollen especially in the first days after the procedure. After a few hours to 2 days after the procedure, the tamponade is removed in the nostrils, after about a week of forming plaster. After about 10 days, swelling and bruises are mostly gone.
During 2 to 4 weeks the nose only has to be splinted at night.
After each nose operation with bone change, swelling and bruising, especially on eyelids, usually, occur. Bleeding and infections are rare.
Very rarely, after a few weeks, small bumps or changes may occur. These may need to be fixed in a small post-operation.
Dryness in the nose can make an ointment treatment necessary. Nasal breathing is also usually hampered for some time due to mucosal swelling.
The tip of the nose often remains festooned for several weeks to months after the operation and is very slightly swollen (usually tomorrow and only noticeable by the patient) and with a furry feeling.