Rhinoplasty

(nose surgery)

Due to its location in the middle of the face, the nose is essential for facial harmony and beauty. Any change in its shape or size implies big changes in facial aesthetics.

With a complex structure, the nose exhibits wide variation between people of different races and types. The surgery is designed to correct disproportional noses, creating a more harmonious combination with the rest of the face and this way improving the facial aesthetic appearance.

Indication: 

Disproportion or disharmony between the nose and the face, and inaesthetic nose.

Type of anesthesia: 

Local, with sedation, or general anesthesia.

Length of hospital stay: 

Usually 24 hours.

Postoperative:

The nasal packing is usually removed after 24 hours. The patients keeps a plaster or acrylic dressing for 7 days and another one, made of adhesive tape, for another 7 days.

Facial edema (swelling) and ecchymoses (bruising) are common, but usually resolve in up to 30 days. A residual edema persists for up to 6 months, being perceived by the patient as a hardening on the tip of the nose.

Trauma on the nose should be avoided for 2 months, because the nose bones are broken during surgery and any trauma could lead to their displacement. Heat should be avoided (sun exposure, hot showers, high room temperatures, etc.), since it leads to increased edema.

Complications: 

Rarely occur after rhinoplasty, but we could mention the following: postoperative bleeding, hematoma, infection, nasal obstruction.

Definitive result: 

The definitive result is achieved between 6 months and 1 year.