Human beings have been in pursuit of beauty, since the day they have been created. Throughout the ages, people have been striving to have beauty, and with the dazzling progress of plastic surgery in the last century, people have now sought to unleash their potential beauties. The reason behind the fact that the most common aesthetic operation in the world is the rhinoplasty operation is that the nose is the main determinant of facial beauty. There is no other aesthetic surgery that can change human face as much as the rhinoplasty.
Since beauty is considered as a whole in aesthetic surgery, the goal in rhinoplasty should be obtaining a beautiful nose, that is befitting for facial features. One nose, which may look beautiful on a face, may not suit another face. These details should be discussed between the doctor and the patient at the planning stage of the operation and rather than a beautiful nose, it should be aimed to obtain a nasal structure that is befitting for the face.
From What Age Can Rhinoplasty Be Performed?
Here, the physiological age is more important than the calendar age. Since the cessation of height growth (this can sometimes be at the age of 16 years), rhinoplasty operation can be performed.
Which conditions, that prevent breathing, can be corrected by rhinoplasty operation?
The structure, which is also called nasal septum, is composed of cartilage on the front and bone on the back. This structure, together with the mucosa on it, separates nasal cavities. Excessive curvatures and breakages in this structure can cause difficulty in breathing.
In each nasal cavity, there are three conchae (warm and humidify incoming air), which are anatomic structures colloquially called nasal flesh. Conchae can grow due to reasons such as allergy and can reduce the area where air passes through, causing difficulty in breathing.
Both nasal septum curvatures and concha enlargement should be controlled during rhinoplasty operation and a functional nasal aesthetics should be performed by correcting the airway strictures.
What is Nasal Tip Drop and How is it Prevented?
In rhinoplasty operation, the cartilage, taken from the structure called nasal septum, is used for nasal shaping. In rhinoplasty operations, cartilages placed on the back of the nose and on the nasal tip are widely used to shape the nose and to strengthen the nasal structure.
Care should be taken when taking the cartilage graft and the cartilage, sufficient to carry the nose weight, should be left at the top and front of the septum. In the event that substantive cartilage is left behind, no problems such as a nasal tip drop or a nasal arch collapse will be faced.
How Long Does Rhinoplasty Operation Take?
Rhinoplasty operations last for 1,5-2 hours on average. This period will be prolonged in cases such as revision or secondary rhinoplasty, and the duration of the operation will be shortened in operations in which only the nasal tip is operated.
Can I Go Home Immediately After the Operation?
It is recommended to stay in the hospital for 1 night in all operations performed under general anaesthesia. This is important in order to prevent these anaesthetic or operation-related complications, that may occur. However, if they wish, patients can be discharged after 6 hours following the operation.
Why Is the Ice Application Performed After Nasal Aesthetics?
Just like any other operation, rhinoplasty operation triggers a series of events, that we call responses to inflammation and trauma in the body. Following this response, vein permeability increases and consequently swelling and bruising develop. Swelling and bruising can be kept to a minimum by the application of ice in the first 24 hours following the operation.
Do too Much Swelling and Bruising Develop Following Rhinoplasty?
The most determinative condition related to the bruising and swelling following the operation is the person’s skin structure, whether bone breakage will be performed, the operation duration and the response of the body to the operation trauma. In some patients, bruising and swelling may be slight and in some patients, they can be seen apparently.
When Can I Take a Shower Following Rhinoplasty?
At the end of the operation, a tape is applied on your nose and a thermoplastic splint (plaster) is applied to it. The aim of the plaster is to prevent the nose from swelling and injuries by potential blows. These plaster and tapes are removed 5-7 days later depending on your doctor’s choice.
Water should not touch the face until the thermoplastic splint is removed, because water contact will cause the plaster’s lift. In this process, the person can direct his / her head back and wash his / her hair and neck so that no water touches his / her face. After the plaster is removed, the person is allowed to take a shower with water touching his / her face. Other important points to be watched are that there should not be steam in the bathroom and the water should be warm.
When Can I Use Glasses Following Rhinoplasty Operation?
If bone breakage is performed in your nose, the average time to wear glasses is 2,5 months.
When Does My Nose Take its Final Shape?
In rhinoplasty operation, our nose will be swollen, when the plaster is removed. In some patients, in which the nose is intended to be narrowed, the nasal plaster is firmly pressed and finger traces appear on the nose when the plaster is opened. Within weeks, as the oedema decreases, this condition is corrected automatically.
The nasal shape forms to a great extent in the first 6 weeks. While the formation of the final shape takes nearly 6 months, the duration can be up to 1 year in patients with thick and oily skin.