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People who feel self-conscious about a facial feature often suffer from a lack of self-confidence. It can be particularly difficult when people feel unhappy about their nose, as noses are the most central feature and are virtually impossible to hide.
If you wish you could change the appearance of your nose, don’t worry – you’re not alone. In fact, nose surgery, or a ‘nose job,’ is the most common form of cosmetic surgery for both women and men. The main aim of a rhinoplasty, as it’s medically known, is to improve the appearance of the nose and give patients increased self-confidence in their perceived body image.
Nose surgery can really help boost your self-esteem, whether you want to:
Rhinoplasty is the moving, reshaping or removing of parts of the bone and cartilage in the nose to make it more proportionate to your face. Most patients require a smaller nose, though there are some instances when an increase in nose profile has been requested.
The result of a rhinoplasty is a natural-looking nose you will be proud to show off.
You will no doubt be happy with the results of your rhinoplasty, so long as you are realistic about the outcome. You will discuss your individual requirements with your surgeon prior to the procedure. It may be that you want to reduce the size of your nostrils, enhance the profile of your nose, or perhaps change the bridge of your nose.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision inside of your nose, where they will separate the soft tissues from the bone structure. This allows them to relocate and reshape the nose. Sometimes, cartilage is taken from other areas of the body to help construct a new nose profile.
Once the reshaping and/or restructuring has been carried out, both the skin and tissue is positioned back over the nose structure. If you require your nostrils to be reshaped, your surgeon will make incisions in the creases of your nostril, in-between your nose and cheek.
Many people are able to return to work after one week. To protect and support the bones in your nose, you will need to wear a small plaster dressing, called a splint, for up to 14 days after the operation. Any swelling or bruising will begin to lessen after 10-14 days. If you want to speed up the process, you can apply a cold compress after your dressing has been removed.
Note that you may not be able to see the true results of your rhinoplasty until your nose is 100% healed. This process can take anywhere up to 6 months.
You shouldn’t have any external scars unless you have had your nostrils reduced in size. In this case, you can expect the scarring to fade over time. If you have had the bones in your nose repositioned, it is common to experience bruising, ‘black eyes’ and a swollen face following the procedure. You must avoid making direct contact, or putting any pressure on your nose until it is completely healed.
You will be under general anaesthetic during your surgery, which means that you won’t be able to feel a thing. You may however feel a little sore post-operation, but you will be prescribed medication to help you deal with this. The majority of patients are surprised by how little pain they feel following surgery.
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