The operation of rhinoplasty
To remodel the nose, correcting its proportions and form, a surgeon can perform a cosmetic procedure called a rhinoplasty. This procedure can address small and large defects, remodelling the tip, modifying any lumps or correcting nasal width.
Also, if the patient presents with respiratory difficulties, the surgeons at the Basoccu Medical clinic can perform a functional rhinoplasty; cauterising the turbinates.
How is a rhinoplasty performed?
Before the intervention, the surgeon will examine various factors: internal nasal structure, elasticity and weight of the skin and bone structure. These parameters, as well as being studied in detail, will also be examined in the general context of the face, taking any further procedures into consideration (such as the profile or chin) in order to give better balance to the whole face.
A rhinoplasty can be executed in two ways:
- Closed technique: performed with intranasal incisions with no lifting of the skin which guarantees the complete absence of external scarring.
- Open technique: is performed with an incision in the columella, the section of skin which separates the nostrils, and extending this into the interior of the nostrils proper, lifting the skin and detaching it from the nasal bone. This will leave a small exterior scar.
Post-operative procedure and results of a rhinoplasty
Both techniques can be performed under local anaesthetic and in day surgery. A rhinoplasty isn’t painful but more irksome insofar as tampons have to be placed inside the nose to absorb the blood there. The patient, who will be given a protective dressing for the nose, will be discharged 7 days after the intervention. The results will be immediately evident but there will inevitably be post-operative swelling which will go down in the months that follow.
Normal respiratory function will be restored in around 3 months during which you will be advised to use a decongestant spray and aerosol whenever needed.