What Is Cosmetic Nose Surgery? and am I a good candidate for it?
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Cosmetic Nose Surgery or Rhinoplasty
Cosmetic Nose Surgery, also known as Rhinoplasty, can improve the appearance and proportion of your nose – enhancing facial harmony and self-confidence. Cosmetic Nose Surgery may also improve a breathing problem or correct abnormalities caused by trauma or a birth defect, and the procedure can change your nose’s overall size, tip, bridge and nostrils.
Rhinoplasty is surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The motivation for Rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing or both. The upper portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty can change bone, cartilage, skin or all three. Talk with your surgeon about whether Rhinoplasty is appropriate for you and what it can achieve.
Cosmetic Nose Surgery is a highly individualized procedure, with the best results achieved through a thorough consultation with your cosmetic surgeon.
Am I a candidate for Cosmetic Nose Surgery?
The best candidates for nose surgery include:
- Individuals whose facial growth is complete; generally, surgery is performed on individuals age 18 or older
- Individuals who are physically healthy
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of their appearance
How do I prepare for Cosmetic Nose Surgery?
Preparing for your Cosmetic Nose Surgery may include:
- Lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Taking photos of your nose to allow for computer images to demonstrate potential post-operative results
- Taking certain medications or adjusting your current medications
- Stopping smoking well in advance of surgery
- Avoiding taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding
What Is the risks for Cosmetic Nose Surgery?
As with any major surgery, Rhinoplasty carries risks such as:
- An adverse reaction to the anesthesia
Other possible risks specific to Rhinoplasty include but are not limited to:
- Difficulty breathing through your nose
- Permanent numbness in and around your nose
- The possibility of an uneven-looking nose
- Pain, discoloration or swelling that may persist
- A hole in the septum (septal perforation)
- A need for additional surgery
- Talk to your doctor about how these risks apply to you.
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