A rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, is a surgical procedure that is performed to reconstruct or correct the nose. A reconstructive surgery is performed to correct defects in the nose that either occur naturally or are the result of an injury or a health condition. A cosmetic rhinoplasty is performed to improve the appearance of the nose and is an elective procedure performed purely for aesthetic reasons.
What To Expect From A Dallas Rhinoplasty Procedure
A rhinoplasty is commonly performed under general anesthesia administered by a qualified anesthetist. The anesthesia results in an unconscious state for the patient to prevent awareness and discomfort. The anesthetist will be present throughout the surgery to monitor the patient.
The surgical procedure involves an incision that is made either inside the nose (hidden incision) or an open incision across the area that separates the nostrils called the columella. The incision allows the skin to be raised away from the nose in order for the structure to be reconstructed or reshaped.
Reshaping the nose most often involves the removal of bone or cartilage. This is most common in cosmetic procedures. In some cases, cartilage grafting may be required to reconstruct the nose. This is more common in reconstructive surgery where the nose and cartilage have been damaged or are defective. Grafting may involve the use of cartilage from the septum (the part that separates the nostrils inside the nose) or in rare cases, when necessary, from the rib cage.
Closing The Incisions
Most commonly, incisions are closed after draping the skin back over the exposed skin by stitching with dissolvable stitches. Splints, plaster and bandages will be placed over the nose in order to keep the structure in place and keep the area sterile while healing.
A Dallas rhinoplasty procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. The surgery should take between 1 and 1/2 to 3 hours after which the patient will be taken into recovery. Once the surgeon and anesthetist have decided that patient has recovered sufficiently, they are free to leave the surgical rooms, clinic or hospital where the procedure was performed. Normally this occurs after a patient is able to walk on their own and after they have eaten.
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled with the surgeon a few days after the surgery and a few weeks thereafter. These appointments are to ensure that the nose is healing as it should and that no complications have arisen such as infection. Patients should follow the after-care recovery instructions and contact their doctor should there be any reason for concern.