We also recommend you to read our article titled “All About Rhinoplasty” after this.
Are you a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty?
Patients, who say “How big my nose is!”, “Oh my God! Do I have such a dropped nasal tip? I will never have my photo taken from the side profile.” or “I can’t wear the glasses I want because of the structure of my nose.” and who also have difficulty in breathing, consult a physician for rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is the most common type of plastic surgery applied in Turkey. This surgery, which is performed to improve the appearance aesthetically, is also often performed to treat the nasal congestion. The aim is to achieve a healthier nose that is more beautiful aesthetically and that can easily breathe functionally.
Changes in shape, size and overall appearance of the nose can be made to match the nose to the face. With this surgery, your nose can be made smaller or larger, changes can be made in the nose contour, nasal hump can be corrected and extremely upturned tips can be corrected. However, the person’s cartilage and bone structure and skin thickness determine how much and to what extent these corrections and changes can be made.
In which cases you can be a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty?
Can you have a perfect nose with rhinoplasty?
Changes that can be made with this surgery are limited. You shouldn’t forget that our nose structure is not perfect before the surgery and we may not have exactly the same nose that we imagine after surgery. I think the people who are most satisfied with this surgery are those who keep their expectations realistic. You can have a new expression and become beautiful with rhinoplasty, but you can’t have a completely new countenance.
Is there any chance of having the nose of another person we like with surgery?
Everyone has different nose cartilage and tissue structure. The chin, forehead, and cheeks that determine the posture of the nose on the face are also specific for that person. For this reason, the nose of another person is unlikely to give the same result on your face. This surgery has some limitations. Your dreams should always match with probable expectations. I think it’s important that you know what you want and agree with your physician before surgery. Even sometimes it can be misleading to make changes on the photos of patients because the changes are made on the screen, whereas changes made during surgery are made on live tissue and require surgical skills.
What kind of problems may occur after surgery?
In fact, a problem is unlikely to occur after successful rhinoplasty. First of all, it is useful to know that rhinoplasty is the most difficult one among cosmetic surgeries. It is a complicated surgery that requires meticulousness and patience. There is a high probability of complications after surgery performed by surgeons with little experience. Sometimes, even if surgery is performed by very good and experienced surgeons, problems may arise due to the patient’s bone or cartilage tissue. It takes a year for the nasal bones and cartilages to take their final shape. Therefore, it is necessary to wait a long time to reach a final judgment. The nose changes every day. If the structural support grafts have not been used, it is usual to see a slight collapse on the nasal tip and middle nasal vault. Sometimes the deviation may not be sufficiently corrected or the breathing problem may continue after surgery.
What is the probability of undergoing a second surgery after a failed operation?
Sometimes a second operation may be needed depending on the patient’s healing process or due to other reasons or changes requested by the patient. Even after an operation performed by a physician experienced and specialized in rhinoplasty, the revision surgery rate is considered as 5%. Most of these are small interventions lasting for 20-30 minutes. If a correction surgery of 3 or 4 hours is required after the rhinoplasty, there is probably a need to remove cartilage from the ear or rib. It is necessary to wait between 6 to 12 months for revision rhinoplasty depending on the procedure to be performed.
How do the expectations of those who want to get a rhinoplasty change?
The most important desire of those who have undergone rhinoplasty is a beautiful nose, healthy breathing and rapid recovery. Women want to have a beautiful appearance with rhinoplasty while men want a natural and functional nose. Your profession, hobbies, and lifestyle can also affect what you expect from surgery. For example, the primary expectation of a yoga instructor is healthy breathing, but if you’re a TV star, you want a beautiful and attractive nose. However, with the developing technology, rhinoplasty without tampons has started to be applied and this method has significantly reduced the displeasing complaints such as pain and bruise.
As far as I know, there are two options in this surgery: open and closed technique. Which one should I choose if I have surgery?
I think the choice here should be left to the physician. Closed technique is a very old technique. In modern rhinoplasty, open technique has been developed because long-term results of the closed technique are insufficient and not always good. In the United States, 90% of surgeons performing rhinoplasty prefer open technique. With the open technique performed in good hands, very natural results that are compatible with healthy breathing concept are obtained. Its long-term results are particularly excellent.
So, my last question is what do you think about laser rhinoplasty?
I am sorry to say that but laser is used as an incorrect marketing strategy in rhinoplasty. We never use laser application in rhinoplasty procedures. Laser is used neither to rasp the nasal hump nor to make incisions. We have perfect surgical kits for these procedures. Furthermore, no plastic surgeon performing rhinoplasty operations takes the risk of damage to be caused by excessive heat on the skin.