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10 golden rules to be considered after rhinoplasty

10 golden rules to be considered after rhinoplasty


Rhinoplasty allows to obtain a beautiful nose that is compatible with the face and aesthetically pleasing. In rhinoplasty, it is of great importance that the patient completely trusts his/her doctor and decides on the procedure to be performed together. In rhinoplasty, the basic principle is to obtain the desired shape by preserving the basic functions of the nose. If the patient needs it, many other procedures can be performed during rhinoplasty. Prof. Dr. Koray Coşkunfirat from Memorial Health Group Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Department gave information about what should be considered in rhinoplasty.

Unless there is a special situation, it should not be done before the age of 18

The nose is a functional organ and its biggest task is to breathe. Functional rhinoplasty aims to achieve a nose that breathes well, has no breathing problems, fulfills the functions of the nose, and is compatible with the face at the same time. It is necessary to wait for the age of 18 to complete the development of the bone and cartilage structure in the nose. In rhinoplasty, the patient should not be satisfied with the shape of the nose. It is very important that he/she decides on the shape and the procedure to be performed together with his/her doctor.

Unnecessary intervention should be avoided

Rhinoplasty  is performed under general anesthesia and there are different methods. It can be done by cutting the middle of the nose open or closed, or by cutting it completely from the inside. Cartilage and bones are shaped inside the nose. Today, the basic principle is to give shape to the nose by giving the least damage to the nose and removing the minimum tissue. Therefore, it is aimed both to preserve the functions and to obtain the desired beautiful shape.  If necessary, bone is broken, cartilage is removed, but unnecessary intervention should be avoided.  

It is determined according to the technical person to be made

In the open technique, a small incision is made on both sides of the nasal passages in the middle of the nose and the skin in the middle of the nose, and the nasal skin is completely lifted. In the closed technique, an incision is made only inside the nostrils. The difference is 2-3 mm incision. In the open technique, it is possible to see the nose, cartilage and bone structure completely. There is no superiority between open and closed methods in rhinoplasty, the most appropriate technique should be determined according to the patient. The nose structure is different in men and women. A slightly more upturned nose is preferred in rhinoplasty for women. The nose tip of the men is not lifted, it is planned to be shaped at a steeper angle. The procedures do not change, only a shape that can be suitable for men and women is preferred.

Several operations can be performed simultaneously

There should be some time between the first examination and the rhinoplasty operation. The patient should think in detail, ask his/her questions at other appointments and trust his/her doctor. Surgery should be decided after the doctor and patient agree. And this requires at least a week. During rhinoplasty, fat injection,  eyelid procedures, lip augmentation, a number of implants or fat tissue injecting into the chin tip can be enlarged or reduced.

The profile of the face can be completely beautified

When looking at the profile of the patient, called profiloplasty, a complementary procedure such as removing the missing ones or removing the excess ones can be performed. When the patient is viewed from the profile, if there is a hump in the nose, it can be removed and the nose can be made proportional to the chin. It can also be combined with operations such as interventions on the cheekbones called zygoma, and even cambering if there is a dimple on the forehead. These are the necessary processes for a beautiful silhouette to appear when viewed from the profile.

Surgery should not be performed with tanned skin.

The patient should not use vitamins and herbal products that he/she does not know what they contain for about 2 weeks after the surgery. These, like blood thinners, can increase bleeding and impair wound healing. It is not good to stay in the sun a lot before the operation and the operation should not be performed with tanned skin. Medicines and herbal products should not be used without consulting the doctor after the surgery. It should be protected from the sun until the bruises and swellings subside.

The following should be considered after rhinoplasty;

  1. The patient can return to normal life after 1 week as the molds are removed, it is sufficient to protect the nose.
  2. Simple exercises such as walking can be done 1 week after the surgery.
  3. Collective games and sports that require effort can be started later.
  4. Sports activities that require weight lifting should be avoided.
  5. You can swim with the head out, without diving deep.
  6. If you are going to ride a bicycle, be careful and cautious.
  7. Parks and areas where children play with the ball should be avoided.
  8. Care should be taken if a baby or child is to be picked up, as it may cause a blow without realizing it.
  9. 2 days after the operation, you can take a shower with the head back. You can take a comfortable shower after 1 week.
  10. 1st, 3rd and 6th month and 1st year controls should not be interrupted.

Prepared by the Medical Editorial Board. Our health library contents have been prepared for informational purposes only and with the scientific content on the registration date. For all your questions, concerns, diagnosis or treatment about your health, please consult your doctor or health institution.

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