Basics of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is rapidly growing in popularity, both here in London and throughout the rest of the world. Despite the large amount of interest in this surgery, though, relatively few people really understand it. This article will address the basics of what rhinoplasty is, what it does and why it’s so popular.
Although rhinoplasty is hardly a household word, it is a very common surgery. Large numbers of celebrities undergo this procedure: Jennifer Aniston, Serena Williams, Kate Beckinsale, Holly Robinson-Peete, Lady Gaga and Melissa Cunningham (wife of actor Jeremy London) are all said to have undergone this type of nose surgery.
However, celebrities aren’t the only ones getting the procedure. According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, nearly 4,000 rhinoplasty procedures take place in the United Kingdom every year, making it the nation’s 5th most popular cosmetic surgery.
Rhinoplasty (also called “nose surgery” or “nose job”) can solve a lot of nasal problems when properly performed. Noses that are crooked can be straightened. Noses that are too thin can be widened with the use of nasal fillers. Noses that appear too large for the face can be reduced so that they appear more proportional.
Sometimes nose surgery is performed under local anesthesia, and sometimes general anesthesia is used. When local anesthesia is used, patients are usually given some form of sedative to help them stay calm throughout the procedure. The entire surgery usually takes somewhere between one and three hours to perform.
Rhinoplasty is often performed by cosmetic surgeons, but going to an ENT surgeon is sometimes a better choice. Although a cosmetic surgeon may have a good eye and good skills, a doctor who has been trained as an ENT surgeon often has a better understanding of the proper form and function of the nose. This superior knowledge can help the surgeon to sculpt a more attractive nose, while still keeping the patient safe and retaining optimal nasal function.
Rhinoplasty results often take a little while to see. Immediately after a nose surgery, some amount of swelling and bruising is common, but these side effects should fade with time. The majority of the swelling will disappear within a month of the surgery.
While patients are recovering, they should be careful to protect their noses. Even minor bumps can interfere with the healing process. Patients should also protect their noses from overexposure to the sun.
Because rhinoplasty has become so popular, interested patients can find surgeons to perform the surgery right in their area. You can undergo this exciting surgery without ever leaving London.