People do not pay much attention to their nose until it is too large, too small, or it does not look good on your face. If the shape of your nose does not match the size of your face, you can always choose rhinoplasty to reshape your nose surgically. Rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty are two different things. Both are meant to treat the problems associated with the nose but both have a different purpose.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure done to correct the shape, size, and symmetry of your nose. Rhinoplasty is the best option for people who have concerns with the shape and size of their nose, asymmetry of the nose such as a nasal hump or depression, an enlarged nasal tip, or large and wide nostrils. Rhinoplasty can be either done as an open procedure or a closed procedure. Your doctor can decide which procedure is the best for your case.
An open procedure will leave a scar across your nostrils. The scar will fade away and become unnoticeable once recovery is complete. In a closed rhinoplasty, there is no external incision but it is not recommended for every patient.
Rhinoplasty procedures may be different for every patient depending on their cosmetic concerns. The doctors at the CARE Hospitals can address your specific nasal anatomy and can decide the best procedure for your nasal surgery.
Septorhinoplasty is also a surgical procedure done to correct the functional problems of the nose. It also includes the surgery done to correct the crooked or deviated nasal septum. A deviated nasal septum may be present at the time of birth or may occur due to a nasal injury later in life. If you cannot breathe properly from one or both of your nostrils or have suffered an injury to the nose that has impacted your normal breathing, then the doctor will recommend septorhinoplasty for you.
A septorhinoplasty can be done as an open or a closed procedure. In a closed procedure, a small incision is made inside the inner lining of the nose to access the cartilage and bone of the nasal septum. Then, the doctor can remove the parts of the septum depending on the individual needs of the patient.
Rhinoplasty vs. Septorhinoplasty
If you are not sure whether rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty is the correct treatment to address your problem, then you can schedule an appointment with a doctor at the CARE Hospitals. The doctors at the CARE Hospitals have expert knowledge and experience in nasal surgery. If you have a crooked nose and a deviated nasal septum that makes breathing difficult for you, a septorhinoplasty with elements of rhinoplasty can address your both functional and cosmetic concerns in one single surgery. A septorhinoplasty is done to correct the large nasal tip, a dorsal hump, or any other aesthetic concern when the patient is already undergoing surgery to correct the deviated nasal septum.
Both rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty are done under general anaesthesia but your doctor can decide if the surgery will work well for you or not. When you schedule an appointment with the doctor, you will discuss the following things:
The doctor will first ask you about your goal for surgery. He will take your medical history including history of obstruction of the nose, surgeries in the past, any medications you take, etc.
The doctor will do a complete physical examination including laboratory tests and blood tests. He will also carefully examine the inside and outside features of your nose. This will help the doctor to determine what changes can be done and how other features of your body such as the thickness of the skin and strength of the cartilage will affect the surgery.
The doctor may also take photographs of your nose from different angles. The doctor may manipulate the photos using computer software to show you the results after surgery. The doctor can use the photos for before and after assessment and long-term results of surgery.
The doctor will also discuss your expectations. He will explain to you about the surgery and the results. You should openly discuss the results of the surgery. After discussing everything, the doctor will schedule surgery.
Before the surgery
The doctor will ask you to avoid medications such as aspirin for two weeks or more before the surgery. These medicines can increase the risk of bleeding. Avoid taking any other medications and only take the medicines recommended by the doctor.
The doctor will also advise you to stop smoking as it may slow the healing after surgery and can cause infection.
During the Surgery
You need local anaesthesia if only a minor correction has to be done. Both surgical procedures can be done as outpatient procedures and you can go back home the same day after surgery. It may take about 3-4 hours for surgery but it also depends on the concerns targeted while doing the surgery.
Rhinoplasty can be done inside your nose by making a small incision at the base of your nose to adjust the bone and cartilage underneath your skin. The surgeon can change the shape of our nose in many ways depending on individual needs.
You will be sent to the recovery room after the surgery. You may go back home the same day or may have to stay at the hospital overnight if there are other health issues. You cannot drive therefore someone must accompany you to take you back home after the surgery.
After the surgery
The doctor will advise you to take a rest for a week. You will be asked to keep your head raised to reduce bleeding and swelling. The nose may feel congested due to swelling or from the splints placed inside your nose. The internal dressing may remain inside for a week or so. Slight bleeding and mucus may drain from the nose for a few days after surgery. The doctor will also ask you to take the following precautions after the surgery:
Avoid doing any hard physical exercise after the surgery for a few weeks
Avoid blowing your nose
Eat high-fibre foods to avoid constipation. Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet for a quick recovery.
Avoid taking a shower and take a bath instead.
Brush your teeth gently and avoid frequent movement of your lips
Wear clothes that fasten in front and avoid clothes over your head
Avoid wearing eyeglasses and sunglasses for a month to avoid pressure on the nose.
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