What is the result of rhinoplasty?

Written by: Dr. Alberto Lajo Rivera
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Rhinoplasty is a surgical technique designed primarily to solve aesthetic problems of the nose, such as bone hump, deviations or congenital malformations. This technique allows to increase or reduce the size of both the nose and the nostrils, stylize the tip or the angle located between the upper lip and nose. It is also used to correct cases of nasal breathing problems due to obstruction.


The goal of rhinoplasty is to restore facial harmony to the patient, under local anesthesia in minor procedures and in other cases under general anesthesia.


At present, the results of rhinoplasty are natural, the scar being scarcely perceptible thanks to the advance in the techniques of approach that require approximately 2-3 hours of intervention, although in some cases may require a superior time.


The recovery is usually rapid, but does not extend beyond 24-48 hours for the removal of the plugs that are applied to the patient at the end of the intervention, after which some bruising may appear.

Before and after rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty before and after


Rhinoplasty Techniques

The technique consists in the elimination or contribution of part of these structures, always depending on the results that are intended to be obtained, always being made through intra-nasal wounds, which always aim to disguise the subsequent scars of a surgical intervention.


Another common technique is open rhinoplasty performed in cases of significant deformities at the tip of the nose or in cases of patients who have not obtained a good result after a normal rhinoplasty. In this case the problem that is presented is the edema that is always more persistent, delaying the result.


In cases where the cause of the intervention is only aesthetic and the deformity to be treated is not too serious, it is advisable to wait until the majority is reached; On the other hand, in cases where the deformity is very severe, the intervention can be performed at any age, including very early ages, such as infancy.


Rhinoplasty Result: Before and After

Rhinoplasty result
Rhinoplasty results

The results are not immediate but are gradually noticed during the first year, and are perceptible after 15 days of the intervention, after which the results are gradually appearing.


Rhinoplasty is an intervention that at a certain point has been diminished in demand despite the fact that it is a high-impact intervention because it affects a very important element of the face.


In fact, the shape of the nose is the one that in the majority of the population manifests its discontent with its forms. It is also a type of intervention that causes greater fears and doubts due to the total lack of knowledge about the final result obtained, since in any case, once the intervention is practiced, even though the results are not desired by the patient , It is impossible to conceal or hide a bad result.


As we have pointed out before, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia, although it is true, in some cases the surgeon can do it under local anesthesia, always depending on the specific case.


The area of ​​action of the specialist in Plastic Surgery is the bony and cartilaginous structure that forms the skeleton, depending on these the size and shape of the nose.


Postoperative Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty drawing
Before and After Rhinoplasty

The postoperative process of the rhinoplasty is uncomfortable, and is that after the intervention the nostrils are occluded with blockages that do not allow a normal breathing through the nose. These plugs are removed between 24 and 48 hours after the intervention, and their removal, in many cases, can be painful (although this is not always the case).


The reason why this intervention is not non-painful is because the mobility of the patient's nose is avoided by means of plaster for one or two weeks. What does occur is the appearance of bruising and inflammation around the eyes. But these bruises are disappearing gradually and spontaneously.


It is necessary to notice that under the splint of the nose adhesive strips are applied, one of which pulls the tip of the nose upwards with the purpose of facilitating the cicatrization. This is why the nose has an excessively raised tip after the procedure, but this position is temporary and only lasts until the adhesive strips are removed and the nose returns to its normal position.


Immediately after the operation the inflammation is usually a cause of concern among patients, they always ask the question of whether they will remain or if they will disappear such inflammation. The fact is that the major inflammation lasts approximately one month after the intervention, but this can be extended up to a year, after which the result can be considered definitive.


Complications of Rhinoplasty

As for the complications that may arise, rhinoplasty is one of the most complicated cosmetic surgery interventions. During the process different technical problems can arise that usually resolve without later consequences, but sometimes these problems can leave sequels such as perforations of the nasal septum or some type of alteration in the passage of air through the nostrils. Fortunately, these complications occur infrequently.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Alberto Lajo Rivera
Plastic surgery

Eminent specialist in plastic surgery, cosmetic and reconstructive Dr. Lajo Rivera has over 26 years of experience. Currently, he holds the two clinics he heads, one in Madrid and the other in Valladolid. Throughout his career, he has specialized in different areas such as Body Damage Assessment and has completed a PhD in the Department of Public Health and Toxicology, Forensic Medicine, Health Law, Ethics and Medical Law. It has belonged to different units of major hospitals in Barcelona during 1994 and 2000. He has also worked in different countries, where he has made various postgraduate and conferences.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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