After the patient is sedated, the surgeon creates tiny incisions inside the nostrils or on the columella. Then he or she carefully lifts the skin to access the underlying bone and cartilage. The surgeon can then remove or graft tissues, as needed. Typically, a doctor uses conservative methods to minimize the impact to the surrounding tissues while still achieving the desired results. When the reshaping process is complete, the doctor lays the skin back down over the new contours of the nose and closes the incisions.
After surgery, patients should be prepared for the cost of any pain medication they will take during recovery. These costs are not typically included in the overall cost of surgery. At my practice, we provide homeopathic medications as part of our total surgical package. Your surgeon can explain to you any prescription or homeopathic medications you may be prescribed and discuss their cost.
Rhinoplasty is unique in that the final results of the surgery can take up to one full year to develop. Side effects such as swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes can hinder the appearance of the nose for the first two to three weeks. While more obvious changes may be visible in the first weeks following surgery, most individuals will need to be patient in regards to the final outcome. In the months following surgery the nose will begin to settle in to its final shape. Because the final results of rhinoplasty take a significant amount of time, doctors usually discourage patients from undergoing revision rhinoplasty until a full year has passed.
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One of the main things to keep in mind regarding medical tourism is how difficult it may be to see or even contact your doctor after surgery. Follow-up appointments are extremely important. When surgery is performed internationally, patients either miss post-operative appointments or have to stay in the area for an extended period of time. When you have surgery closer to home, you can more easily attend these appointments and visit your surgeon if any other problems or concerns arise. Many surgeons like myself will revise their own work at no additional charge except for anesthesia fees or surgical venue fees.
With modern technology, patients can actually get a picture of the results of their rhinoplasty surgery. Digital imaging technology allows surgeons to construct 3-D virtual models of a patient's face and the future appearance. It is important to note, however, that while this 3D model will serve as a guide for the surgeon, there is no guarantee that the nose job will yield those precise results.
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During a rhinoplasty the bone and cartilage underneath the skin is modified. In most cases a surgeon will make an incision inside the nostrils or in the septum which is located between the nostrils. The bone or cartilage will be either clipped or bumped up. When a change in the nose is intended to be subtle, a surgeon may collect cartilage from deep inside the nose or possibly from the ear. When the nose is to be altered dramatically, implants or bone grafting may be utilized.
Augmentation rhinoplasty is another popular type of nose reshaping surgery. During this treatment, the doctor performs bone or tissue grafting to build up the nasal tip and/or bridge. In many cases, he or she uses cartilage from other parts of the nose, usually the nasal septum. However, if a patient does not have enough tissue in this area, the doctor may use rib bone, cartilage from other areas, synthetic material, or other biological tissues.
Both open and closed rhinoplasty can be extremely effective. The doctor will determine the right technique for each patient, based on the natural shape of the nose and the goals for surgery. If the patient desires dramatic changes, or if the doctor is performing post-traumatic rhinoplasty, an open technique may work best. This method gives the doctor access to a larger part of the nose. In many cases, it also helps him or her to make small adjustments to the nasal tip. If a patient wants to address the bridge of the nose, closed rhinoplasty may work well. However, because each patient is different, there are no hard and fast rules regarding the "right" procedure to use.
On the day of your surgery, you should not eat anything before the procedure. Because chewing involves moving the entire face, doctors typically recommend a soft or liquid diet for the first several days. You will be able to return to solid food whenever it is comfortable for you. Additionally, you should avoid spicy foods, as they can constrict the blood vessels and lead to increased bruising.
Like facelift surgery, brow lift surgery eliminates sagging skin and reduces deep creases. However, brow lifts specifically target the forehead and the area between the eyebrows. The doctor creates an incision along the hairline or the crown of the head. Then he or she lifts the underlying muscles to reduce frown lines, vertical creases, sagging eyebrows, and hooded brows.