AESTHETIC NOSE (RHINOPLASTY)

It is the most frequently performed aesthetic operation in our country, and it is an attempt to harmonize the patient’s nose with the aesthetic ratio and shape of the face. Shape and function disorders in the nose may be congenital or acquired (with trauma or tumors). Thanks to rhinoplasty, the nose can be reduced and enlarged (such as collapsed, post-operative saddle noses), the tip can be changed (type surgery), the nasal wings can be narrowed, the nasal ridge, nasal septum (middle pole) can be corrected, relocated, and nasal angles can be changed.

In the planning before rhinoplasty, a nose suitable for that face is planned by considering the other facial formations, structure, angle and dimensions of the person, images are discussed with the patient, a common idea is formed, and then the operation is performed. In rhinoplasty, a plan and intervention is made according to the needs of the patient. Sometimes just straightening the tip of the nose may be sufficient.
 

Patient age

When girls are 15-16 years old and boys are 16-18 years old, they can have rhinoplasty. These are the ages when the nose takes its final shape. After these ages, rhinoplasty can be performed at any age.

In the case of congenital disorders, nose operations are also performed at earlier ages. For example, cleft lip-nose deformity.
 

Anesthesia

Although limited interventions are performed under local anesthesia, rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia (completely asleep) for the comfort of the patient. The operation time is 1.5-2.5 hours for standard rhinoplasty. In patients with large deformation, the operation may take 3-4 hours. The patient usually stays in the hospital for one night after the operation.

Post-operative

In the operation, if necessary, before the patient wakes up, nasal packing and external bandaging and splinting are performed. The tampon stays for 1-2 days, the splint stays for 7 days.

Patients are seen three times after the operation, as tampon removal, splint removal-bandage application (7th day) and bandage removal (14th day). Afterwards, 2-month, 6-month and 1-year controls are performed.

Patients can work sitting down after 24 hours. From the third day, they can go to work. The nose should be protected in traumas for about 3-4 weeks. There is no harm in using contact lenses after the operation. Glasses that are not heavy can be used by attaching them to the forehead with tape. The nose remains edematous (swelling) for a while after the plaster splint is removed. Then it gradually regains its true formation.

Dressing is done in the hospital or in the practice.

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