Rhinoplasty is derived from the Greek terms ‘rhino’ meaning nose and ‘plasty’ meaning to shape or reform. Also commonly known as a nose job, it is a plastic surgery procedure for correcting or reconstructing nasal features. Rhinoplasty is usually done with the intention of achieving aesthetic improvement in the nose like straightening a crooked nose, proportioning the nose with the other facial features or improving the shape of the nose as well as the nostrils.
If you are planning to get a nose job, make sure you know how rhinoplasty works and what to expect after the cosmetic surgery. The results of rhinoplasty are permanent, and nothing can be worse than a bad nose job.
What happens in a rhinoplasty?
During rhinoplasty, your cosmetic surgeon will make incisions at various points in your nose to operate on the bones and cartilage of your nose. Depending on the result you want, the bone or tissue may be removed or added from another part of your body or with synthetic fillers. Of course, it is important for your surgeon to determine what will suit your face best.
Dr. Gary Motykie, M.D., F.A.C.S. who is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in West Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California rightfully believes that the ‘right’ nose needs to be evaluated based on the person’s face so that the final appearance can be worked out accordingly. Once the changes to the bone and tissue are done, your skin is placed over the new structure of your nose. Recovery is usually very fast, but sometimes the procedure may warrant a night stay at the hospital.
Plastic surgery gone bad
Most unsuccessful rhinoplasty surgeries are generally due to the surgeon’s inexperience, or incorrect surgical techniques. The patient will then have to go for what is known as revision rhinoplasty which will correct the nasal defects which resulted from the previous cosmetic surgery.
Sometimes rhinoplasty results in what is known as ‘the over-done’ or a very artificial ‘operated-on’ look. Other cases could be scarring of the tissues, uneven nostril size or functional problems such as runny nose and breathing problems. In these cases a revision rhinoplasty is the only solution. According to Dr Motykie, revision rhinoplasty is extremely challenging to perform since it requires a plastic surgeon with exceptional experience who can work on a nose where the normal anatomy has been distorted.
It is extremely important that while scouting for plastic surgeons, you look for surgeons who possess artistic skills with regards to the scalpel as well as a sense of aesthetics to achieve successful results. Ensure that you review their experience and work through before-and-after photos to evaluate their surgical expertise. It is a good idea to clear your doubts about the procedure during an initial consultation. It will not only help you put yourself at ease but will help you gauge your surgeon’s skill.
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