Rhinoplasty is a procedure that has a pronounced effect on a persons appearance. Procedures like liposuction is like polishing a car, a rhinoplasty is like getting a new car. Patients self-image is very connected to the appearance of the face in the nose in particular when you change the nose you change the internal picture you have of yourself. This is a fact that should be considered when a nose job is planned.

There are two types of nose improvement procedures, the open rhinoplasty and the closed rhinoplasty. Open rhinoplasty’s have become more common and more popular in the last several years. In an open rhinoplasty the skin of the nosed is raised away from the underlying cartilage and bone allowing exposure to the shape forming structures and allowing the surgeon to make a dramatic change. Closed rhinoplasty is a procedure where incisions are made inside the nostril colleges are delivered through the incision changes are made in the cards are placed back into their normal location. It is more difficult to make dramatic changes in the nose through a closed procedure as opposed to an open procedure that allows visualization of all of the anatomy. Rhinoplasty is a surgery of anatomy. The nose has a lot of anatomy in a small space.

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There are generally two types of procedures. One is taking away in the other is adding. A patient with a large dorsal hump will have bone and cartilage removed, this is taking way. A person with a small dorsum or small tip will have an implant or cartilage.

Rhinoplasty can be moderately painful if bone work is done. Swelling can be profound and can take 2 to 3 months to completely resolve. Most people are out and about within 10 days to two weeks.

Complications associated with rhinoplasty can be migration of cartilage change in shape, scar tissue formation, infection, hemorrhage, keloid formation, dropping tip, collapse of cartilage, septal perforation and the complications of anesthesia.

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