Overview of the surgery:
Reduction Rhinoplasty is for patients who have prominent large noses with oversized bridges and depressed nasal tips. It aims to create a well balanced nose by reducing the dorsal hump, narrowing the bridge, improving the nasal tip projection and definition.
The incisions are placed on the rim of the alar of nose. Soft tissues of the nose are then separated from the underlying structures, the bone and cartilage are then reshaped and the skin re-draped over the surface. Patients who have a deviated septum may benefit by correction of this problem at the time of surgery.
Duration of the operation:
The procedure usually takes about 1-2 hours.
Post operative care:
The nose will be covered with either plaster or a light metal or plastic splint to maintain the position of the nasal bones. You will feel some pain and discomfort at the nose area during the first days after surgery but can be alleviated by medications prescribed.
You can go back to work or return to school within 2 days following surgery and will take about 1-2 weeks until it will be completely healed.
Possible risks and complications:
When Nose Reduction is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, there is always a possibility of complications, including infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to the anesthesia. You can reduce your risks by closely following your surgeon's instructions both before and after surgery. After surgery, small burst blood vessels may appear as tiny red spots on the skin's surface; these are usually minor but may be permanent. As for scarring, when Nose Reduction is performed from inside the nose, there is no visible scarring at all; when an "open" technique is used, or when the procedure calls for the narrowing of flared nostrils, the small scars on the base of the nose are usually not visible
Local anesthesia with mild sedation
It depends on your preferences as well as your surgeon’s. Reduction Rhinoplasty can be performed on an out patient basis, in the hospital, or in an ambulatory surgical suite.
Preparation before Surgery
- Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
- Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
- You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
- Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
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