Frequently Asked Questions about Rhinoplasty

Written by: Dr. Pablo Muñoz Cariñanos
Published: | Updated: 21/12/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Rhinoplasty is the cosmetic surgery specialty of Otolaryngology , modifying the shape of the nose. By getting rhinoplasty can increase or decrease the size of the patient's nose, but also change the shape of the tip or holes. In addition to correcting aesthetic aspects, this operation helps fix breathing problems or any other and are directly related to the nasal structure, either congenital or due to trauma causes.

¿Rinoplastia or septoplasty?

There are two types of surgery with similar goals but with different physical results. This is on one hand rhinoplasty and septoplasty on the other. The latter seeks to end the blockage in the nose causes nasal septum is not positioned correctly, but without changing the facial physiognomy. Rhinoplasty, however, yes amending the facial image.

What patients is indicated rhinoplasty?

Most patients who undergo this surgery are seeking to change its image. Often the main reason for requesting a rhinoplasty are generating a complex nose with which the patient does not feel at ease; often this creates a self-esteem problem that sometimes reaches lead to depression. Fortunately, the good news is that most patients who undergo rhinoplasty get a solution to your problem.

What is Rhinoplasty?

There are two main methods:

  • Open rhinoplasty: a small incision in the bottom of the nose is made between the two holes that can work effectively to achieve better symmetry and correct nasal defects the patient and the doctor perceive. After surgery, the scar that the patient remains is barely noticeable.
  • Closed rhinoplasty: this intervention does not require any external incision and is indicated to correct the hump or ridge.

What is the postoperative period after rhinoplasty?

After surgery, it is sometimes the patient needs to spend a day entered to continue its evolution, although in most cases is immediate discharge if it is found that the operation has been correctly. During the 48 hours after surgery, the patient may have discomfort, but just have pain. It can even be bruising, which tend to disappear in about ten days. In addition, it is likely that the surgeon tells the patient to wear a splint or cast for a week to be forced to stay at rest and avoid performing any activity that could jeopardize the outcome of the operation.

As for the return of the patient to your routine, it is noteworthy that may return to work provided that does not require great physical effort. As far as the sport is concerned, if the postoperative process after rhinoplasty is right, the patient can resume their activities after a month.

In addition, a point of interest for many patients who require the use of lenses is that lenses may start using last two days of the operation, and glasses when they have spent eight weeks. On the other hand, it is necessary that while the patient has bruises on his face, use a sunscreen of factor 40 or higher.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Pablo Muñoz Cariñanos

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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