A nose job or rhinoplasty, is commonly performed as a simple, outpatient procedure. This surgery is most often selected to either increase or reduce the size of an individual’s nose as well as to create a more desirable nose shape. The bridge of the nose or the nose tip can be restructured according to the patient’s preference as can the nostril span. Rhinoplasty can additionally be performed to alter the angle between the nose and the lips or to create or restore normal nasal features following an accident, injury or in response to numerous congenital defects.
During rhinoplasty the nose skin is separated from the supporting cartilage and bone. The underlying bone and cartilage framework is then sculpted to either correct congenital defects or to make aesthetic improvements. There are two main ways in which rhinoplasty is performed. These include the open method and the closed method. The closed method is performed through the interior of the nose with the incisions and stitches being placed in a non-visible location inside of the nose. With the open rhinoplasty technique an incision is made in the tissue that separates the nostrils known as the columella. The reshaping and sculpting is then performed by the surgeon through this opening.
Upon the completion of the sculpting process, a splint is inserted into the nose to help it to retain its new shape. While the entire process will likely take between one and two hours, patients requiring extensive reconstruction efforts that are more complex in nature, the process may take longer and it may even be necessary to stay under the care of the medical team until the formative stages of the recovery process are complete. This is often the case when correcting major congenital defects.
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