A Rhinoplasty Can Cure Impaired Breathing

Procedure ranks second in ten most popular cosmetic procedures in the UAE because of aesthetic and medical advantages

“A rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is helpful in correcting structural deformities in the nose, which can result in impaired breathing. It is also popular among individuals who are not happy with the size or shape of their nose and want to make it more symmetrical,” explains Dr Trelles, plastic and laser surgeon at state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny.

So are you a candidate?

You may be a candidate for rhinoplasty if you:

  • Are at least 13 years of age.
  • Are dissatisfied with the size or shape of your nose.
  • Have breathing problems associated with structural deformities within the nose.

“It is important that you have a clear idea of how you would like your nose to look and, at the same time, realise that there are limitations to the procedure. For example, trying to achieve a perfectly symmetrical nose is impossible as human faces are naturally asymmetrical to some extent,” says Dr Trelles.

The initial consultation

The first step to a rhinoplasty is a consultation, which will comprise a discussion regarding your expectations, your overall health and your lifestyle. Your questions and concerns will be addressed during this consultation and you should be prepared to discuss: reasons for treatment, how you would like to see your nose improved, expectations, existing medical conditions including allergies, current medication, personal and family history and any prior facial surgeries.

What to expect

Rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia and on an outpatient basis. There are two types of rhinoplasty:

Open rhinoplasty

Incisions are made across the columella (the tissue between the nostrils).

Closed rhinoplasty

The incisions are made on the inside of the nose where scarring is unnoticeable. After the incisions are made, excess tissue is removed while bone and cartilage are sculpted to provide a more attractive shape. Sutures are used to close the incisions.

A closed rhinoplasty has the advantage of decreased operative time, less swelling and postoperative healing.

What to expect after

“After the procedure, your nose will be bandaged to reduce swelling and a splint will be used to provide support. You may experience some soreness during the first few days after surgery – pain medication can be prescribed to help ease these symptoms. Recovery time, meanwhile, varies: most patients can return to work after one week but strenuous activity should be avoided for four to six weeks or until incisions heal,” says Dr Trelles on what to expect after the procedure.

Results

You can enjoy your new look within a week of your surgery but as the healing process is gradual, it can take up to a year to see the final results of your rhinoplasty.