5 things you never knew about a Rhinoplasty

19 October 2015

Feeling insecure about the shape or size of your nose can be a particularly difficult body hang-up – mostly because it’s a feature so central to your face.  So it’s perhaps not surprising that so many people opt for a Rhinoplasty to adjust the appearance of their nose. But how much do you know about the procedure? If you’re considering a Rhinoplasty here are a few things you ought to know:

  • There is more than one type of Rhinoplasty procedure

A Rhinoplasty can involve either a reduction, the most common procedure, or an augmentation. During a reduction cartilage and bone are removed and repositioned through incisions made in the nostrils to make the feature smaller. Whereas with an augmentation the nose can be enhanced, though this is a less common procedure.

  • There will be facial bruising and swelling post-op

With a Rhinoplasty there will certainly be some degree of swelling and bruising, particularly around your eyes, after the operation. This will generally take between two and four weeks to settle, something you’ll want to consider when planning your recuperation.

  • It’s normal for there to be some bleeding following a Rhinoplasty

Your nose is packed with blood vessels and so it’s normal to experience some bleeding following the operation. Immediately after a Rhinoplasty you will have some dressing in your nostrils to absorb the bleeding and you may need these for several days.

  • It can be several months before you see the final result of a Rhinoplasty

As with many Cosmetic Surgeries it can take the body weeks and even months to fully settle after an operation. While most of the bruising should have healed after four weeks it can take longer for the swelling to truly settle.

  • Your new nose will probably feel stiff

While you’re recuperating many patients report their nose feels numb and stiff. The numbness usually subsides when your nose heels, though your new nose is likely to always feel stiffer than it was before the operation.

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