When we look at the mirror or a photo, the most characteristic thing we see is our nose. It is not the only thing, of course. Many meanings have been attributed to nose throughout history. In the Indian culture, it is the symbol of respect and honor. In Edmond Rostan’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC, a brave knight with a big nose was mentioned in the following lines: “The misery of humanity might be due to a pointed nose. Who howls at night until the pillow is all wet because of a line on their face? Why having a pointed nose instead of being young, beautiful and tall? Couldn’t he love someone else? Or was it possible for him not to see that big line on the lover’s face?”
As a result, a nose is not just a nose. Defects on the nose have been one of the most disquieting aesthetic concerns for people.
Rhinoplasty is surgery that corrects these defects and in which art meets surgery. Expectations from rhinoplasty have changed throughout time. Today, a nose that looks natural and is in harmony with the other parts of the face is targeted with rhinoplasty.
A correct planning is the fundamental to this surgery. Diagnosis of the causes of appearance and respiration defects and the expectations of the patient should be considered carefully. Not all types of nose can be reconstructed as the patient wishes. This should be explained to the patient and the expectations must be realistic. Before and after photographs before the surgery might be helpful to understand the expectation and to show the result to the patient in a correct way.
During and After the Surgery
The surgery generally takes about 2 hours. It may be shorter or longer. After a short period of rest, the patient can be discharged from the hospital. Cold compress is important on the first day. It will reduce the swelling and bruising. The ointments prescribed by the doctor are also effective in the healing of bruises. The surgery itself and post-surgery duration are not painful. The patient can relieve with the help of basic painkillers.
A week after the surgery, the protective splint and packing are removed. There is no need to put anything else on the nose unless there are apparent swellings. Swelling will reduce in 2-3 weeks. This process might be longer for patients with thick skin.
Nowadays, reshaping a nose that a person is not happy with is quite easy. If you have an experienced doctor, the possibility of having post-surgery problems is rare.
If you want to get the surgery, but having difficulty to decide because of your anxiety or fears, you should consult a doctor. Your doctor will help you reduce your anxiety.
I wish you a healthy and beautiful life.