What is the treatment?
Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping works by altering the shape of the cartilage or bone. This kind of plastic surgery is very common and opted by many people. People decide on getting a nose reshaping done in order to rectify a defect incurred during birth or an injury sustained later in life. Sometimes it is also done to better breathing difficulty. Some people who are not very happy with the appearance of their nose also get a nose reshaping surgery done in order to better the look of their nose and face. The alterations that the surgeon will in all probability make on your nose will be either a modification of the size or angle or nose tip. Other modifications include reducing the gap between the nostrils and alignment of the bridge of the nose.
There are certain guidelines with respect to age that people need to adhere to before deciding to go for nose reshaping surgery. If this surgery is being done to treat breathing difficulties then it can be done at any age. However, if it is being done for merely superficial purposes then growing adolescence should wait till their nasal bone has reached full growth; for girls the age limit is 15 whereas for boys it is more.
How is the treatment done?
Before beginning the process of treatment you need to sit for an initial round of discussion with your doctor to determine whether you should be undergoing nose reshaping in the first place. The doctor will conduct a thorough examination of your previous medical history. He/she will ask you about any present health condition or about any prescription or non-prescription medications that you may be taking at the moment.
If you have haemophilia or are diagnosed with it you will be advised against undergoing any surgery because haemophilia is a genetic disorder that inhibits the body to form blood clots and as a result causes extreme bleeding and easy bruising.
Are there any side effects?
Like all surgeries rhinoplasty too has some complications or side effects associated with it. These include bleeding, infection and adverse reaction to anaesthesia such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness. Other side effects of rhinoplasty include profuse bleeding from the nose, scars, difficulty breathing and a numb nose. In the first two days the patients will experience inflammation, headaches, easy bruising and profuse bleeding.
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
Immediately after the surgery the surgeon will insert a metal/plastic stint on the nose to maintain the alignment and you will be held back in the hospital for a few hours to monitor for any serious side effects. After your nose reshaping surgery as part of the post-treatment guidelines, you will be asked to abstain from taking aspirin and ibuprofen for another two weeks in addition to the two weeks before the surgery. You will also be asked by the doctor to stay hydrated as much as possible and rest as much as possible. To reduce swelling at the site of injury you will be advised to use a cold compress. Also, try to avoid activities and exercises that will put a strain on your body.