How Nose Reshaping is Performed
Rhinoplasty surgery is usually performed under a general anesthetic. The length of time required to perform the operation is 1 to 3 hours. In addition to creating a more attractive nose, rhinoplasty may also be performed to improve breathing.
There are many different rhinoplasty techniques. Surgery may be performed through incisions placed inside the nose; this is called “closed rhinoplasty.” Another technique is “open rhinoplasty” where the incisions are made across the columella, the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils, as well as within the nose.
Modern concepts in rhinoplasty typically incorporate reshaping of the tissue and/or building up the nose to achieve an aesthetically pleasing form – rather than older techniques of breaking the bones and removing large amounts of tissue.
Dr. Ali personalizes each rhinoplasty procedure to the individual patient. He will evaluate your other facial features and help you understand how changes to your nose could enhance or affect your overall appearance. He will then work with you to customize a rhinoplasty surgical plan that will best meet your appearance goals.
What to Expect After Rhinoplasty Surgery
The first week after surgery you should rest your head in an elevated position to help minimize swelling. You may experience some bleeding, bruising and swelling, but this will subside over a few weeks.
In addition to a nasal splint you will also typically have some packing inside the nose, which will be removed by your surgeon. Within 10 days after surgery, your swelling should reach its peak and begin to subside. You can apply makeup to conceal any bruising. Some moderate activity can be resumed, but nothing strenuous. Several weeks after the surgery you can resume most of your normal activities.
- Driving: 5-7 days.
- Non-contact sports: 3-4 weeks. (This includes jogging, swimming, hiking, etc.)
- Contact sports: 6 weeks. (This category includes tennis, skiing, football, basketball, etc.)
- Diving: 8-12 weeks.