The aim of rhinoplasty is to make the nose compatible with the face by changing the general appearance of the nose, and to solve the breathing problem, if any. With rhinoplasty, the nose can be lengthened and shortened, reduced and enlarged, and the shape of the nostrils and the back of the nose or “arch” part can be changed. Changes can be made so that the tip of the nose is more raised, narrower or wider. In short, it is possible to make changes to the extent that the anatomical features of the nose and face and the skin of the nose allow.
The curvature of the inner part of the nose, that is, the deviation of the septum, is frequently seen in the society. The degree, location and level of deviation vary from person to person. If it is problematic enough to close the air channels, it can cause breathing difficulties. In such a case, this curvature can be corrected within the scope of rhinoplasty, which is called Septoplasty.
Are You Suitable for Nose Aesthetics?
A suitable candidate for rhinoplasty has at least one of the following characteristics.
• The nose is wider or longer than the face.
• The nasal bone is broken or curved.
• The shape of the nose has changed due to an accident or impact.
• There is a visible asymmetry in the nose.
• The tip of the nose is low when viewed from the side profile.
• The nostrils are not suitable for the general shape of the nose.
• The angle between the nose and the lip is too narrow or too wide.
Nose Aesthetic Surgery
Surgery is mostly preferred in a hospital setting and under general anesthesia. It is a process that takes between 1.5-2 hours on average, depending on the procedures to be performed. Generally, it does not require hospitalization, but I recommend my patients stay in the hospital overnight to use a mask called Hilotherm, which circulates water at 12 degrees, in order to reduce swelling and less bruising. A splint called a thermal splint is used to keep the nose stable for 5 to 7 days after the surgery. Pads are generally not used, if necessary, pads with silicone channels or special sponge structure are used, which also allow breathing.
There may be bruising and swelling around the eyes after the surgery. In general, recovery takes place in 3-5 days, you can start working after 1 week, sports can be done after 1 month, and glasses can be used from the 3rd month.
The nose takes its final shape in a period of 1 year, although it varies from person to person. The aim of rhinoplasty is a nose that is compatible with the chin, eyes and cheeks. For this reason, patients who know the general features of their face, know what they want specifically about their nose, and accept that the operation has limits, are the patients who are most satisfied with the result. It is very important to be sure of what you want and to have a good dialogue with the doctor. In addition, the corrections made on the patient’s own photograph after the pre-operative computer work give the patient an idea about the outcome of the surgery.
The most important factors that determine the shape of the nose after the surgery are the bone, cartilage, soft tissue and skin structure of the person, as well as the person’s healing speed. The final shape of the nose is determined by the combination of all these variables. The wishes of the person before the surgery also determine the angle and shape of the nose. While some people prefer a more natural and flat nose, others may want a more upturned and ostentatious nose.
As a result, the indicator of the success of the nose aesthetic operation is to obtain a natural, face-friendly and aesthetic appearance that is not understood as an operation.