Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a 'nose job', is a surgical procedure that reshapes or resizes the nose for aesthetic or functional purposes.

Understanding Rhinoplasty: The Basics

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is an aesthetic surgical procedure performed on the nose. Aesthetic practitioners and surgeons carry out this operation to enhance facial harmony and balance. It's not just about beauty; rhinoplasty can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.

Why Consider Rhinoplasty?

People opt for rhinoplasty for various reasons. Some are looking to adjust the size, shape, or symmetry of their noses to achieve their desired look. Others need it for medical reasons – such as to rectify breathing problems linked with nasal trauma or congenital disabilities.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

The process begins with an initial consultation where your surgeon will assess your health history, current medications, and your objectives from the surgery. They'll provide you with specific instructions about preparing for the procedure like avoiding certain medications and smoking.

During surgery, incisions are made inside the nostrils or at the base of the nose. Surgeons then rearrange and reshape bone and cartilage inside to achieve the desired result (source). This operation can be closed (all incisions hidden inside the nose) or open (small incision made across tissue between nostrils).

Once completed, your surgeon will seal up with stitches, and a nasal splint or packing might be used to support the new shape as it heals.

Post-Procedure Care

After surgery, there will be swelling and bruising around the eyes, which fades within two weeks. Patients usually wear a nasal splint for the first week. It's essential to avoid strenuous activities that might result in a nose injury while healing.

Risks and Considerations

As with any surgical procedure, rhinoplasty comes with potential risks, like bleeding, infection, or adverse reaction to anaesthesia. Other risks include poor wound healing, scarring, or dissatisfaction with cosmetic results. Always discuss these considerations in detail with your surgeon before the procedure (source).

Rhinoplasty can dramatically improve an individual's self-confidence by adjusting the nose's size and shape. However, it is crucial to have realistic expectations - perfection is not achievable.

Remember that cosmetic procedures like rhinoplasty should always be conducted by certified professionals at reputable clinics to ensure safety and effectiveness.

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