The Nose job is a surgical procedure in which the septum (the wall that separates the nostrils) is reshaped or removed and either new ones are created, or the old ones are repaired and pushed up as a result. This article will discuss all the pros and cons of this procedure to help you make an educated decision.
Pro: Repairing a deviated septum can correct breathing problems as well as cosmetic issues such as nasal tip symmetry.
Con: The procedure may be inadvisable in older patients with prominent noses due to their expanding size, while there is no evidence of complications for younger patients.
The surgeon cuts the skin on the bridge of the nose, and moves upwards to expose the cartilage underneath. The cartilage is then cut or molded into a desired shape. Septum straightening is done by cutting away a tissue called septal mucosa that divides the nostrils. Once this is done, surgical chisels are used to create symmetrical new nostrils. Sometimes, implants are placed in the nose to replace part of the removed tissue.
The recovery time for this type of surgery depends on how it was performed. If the cartilage was molded or shaped into a desired shape, the patient usually recovers faster and no long-term side effects are expected. If it was reshaped by cutting away tissue or reshaping the cartilage, recovery could be longer and more challenging. The postoperative pain is expected to last between one and three days.
Recent breakthroughs in surgical techniques have made nose jobs a procedure that can be performed very safely, quickly, and with few complications. This makes them an ideal choice for people who have cosmetic problems with their nose. In fact, some patients choose this surgery over other cosmetic procedures because of its quick recovery time and minimal risks associated with it. In some cases, this procedure is chosen as a short-term solution before undergoing a more permanent surgery.
Pro: Noses that are straighter and narrower are more aesthetically pleasing than noses that have a downward or upturned tip.
Con: A deviated septum can cause recurring sinus infections, which can lead to complications such as lung deposition. In some cases, these infections have also caused cancer in the nose or sinuses. Septal surgery should be considered for any patient who is having recurrent problems with sinus infections, even those who do not see an improvement in their breathing after the procedure. These patients may also benefit from septal surgery after receiving appropriate antibiotic treatment for severe infections.
Duration: Procedure usually takes 1 day.
Anesthesia: General anesthesia. Associated risks would be those of general anesthetic procedures, such as cardiovascular complications (including arrhythmias and embolism), respiratory complications, oxygen desaturation or even death. The patient should avoid smoking for at least two weeks before the procedure and at least two weeks after it. The patient will likely have a sore throat after the operation, and this pain can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications. Full recovery is usually expected to occur within three weeks after the surgery, or sooner if performed under local anesthesia with sedation; however, severe cases may require longer recovery times or additional treatment.