Statistics show that one of the facial features that men and women like least is the nose. This organ that is so important for correct breathing can adopt different shapes and sizes, and sometimes it happens to have a size and shape that doesn't fit well with your face.
It may also happen that after a collision or after an accident this part of the body that did not give us any problems before has turned into a stretch that makes us feel uncomfortable. But in addition to aesthetic factors, there are also those related to health, such as a deviated septum or other functional alterations that can prevent us from breathing well.
For all that has been said so far, it is not strange that year after year rhinoplasty is among the five most practiced aesthetic operations in our country.
What does rhinoplasty get?
It is a surgical procedure that can correct both aesthetic deformities and functional alterations. It is a very common operation and nowadays has no complications whatsoever for an experienced surgeon.
However, this surgery significantly alters the structures that give shape to the nose, even touching bone and cartilage. This causes discomfort and inflammation to appear in the treated area after surgery. These discomforts will last for a few days.
One of the most visible, and most annoying, side effects of this operation is the appearance of swelling and bruising that reaches the eye area and which, in some cases, take a few weeks to disappear.
What touch-ups can I do on my nose?
With a rhinoplasty you can modify basic aspects of the nose: symmetry, shape and size. With this operation you can change the shape of the tip of the nose, increase or reduce the size of the nostrils or align the nostrils with the lip.
By removing or adding small portions of tissue, you can achieve truly spectacular results, obtaining an important change in the patient's facial physiognomy.
Is there an alternative to traditional rhinoplasty?
Aesthetic medicine is increasingly advancing towards processes that are as minimally invasive as possible. There are already treatments that can replace interventions such as face lifting. Improvements have also been achieved in the field of nose reshaping.
One of the latest innovations in nose remodeling is the ultrasonic rhinoplasty technique, an alternative to classic rhinoplasty that reduces discomfort and pain. The great innovation of this technique is that it is performed with the use of a special piezoelectric scalpel, which allows the surgeon to operate with extreme precision on both bone and cartilage, while causing less trauma.
The end result is that bleeding is reduced and bruises and inflammation appear, so that the post-operative process becomes lighter and less painful. This allows the patient to return to his daily life as soon as possible. This technique not only makes it possible to shorten the duration of convalescence, but also avoids the incisions made in the outer part of the nose.
What are the advantages of an ultrasonic rhinoplasty?
First of all, the results obtainable are more natural, this is because the special piezoelectric scalpel allows the specialist to operate with greater precision, touching up only those areas that compromise the harmony of the face. This more precise work results in a better healing process, making it easier to achieve the desired result for the patient.
The second advantage is that it produces less trauma. By exerting less pressure on the bone, the damage produced can also be reduced, so the structures adjacent to the nose are not damaged; the result is that the area around the eyes will suffer less inflammation and less bruising will also appear.
Finally, another advantage of this new surgical technique is that recovery is much faster. As the entire area of the nose will suffer less trauma and damage and as a result the patient will experience less pain during the entire post-operative process, less bruising and less swelling will appear. In about 7 days the patient will be able to return to his or her routine.
What care should be taken after rhinoplasty?
With ultrasonic rhinoplasty the recovery process is much faster, but nevertheless a series of precautions must be taken to achieve the desired results and to ensure that the nose is properly cared for.
In 2 or 3 days, the patient will be ready to start simple activities, and in a week he will be able to return to his daily routine, although he will have to wait another few weeks to have a complete recovery.
In the hours following surgery it will be normal to feel pain in the face and head, as well as a nasal obstruction. Your surgeon will prescribe some painkillers to deal with these symptoms.
The first day after surgery you will need to rest and hold your head up. During the first few days you may experience a nosebleed; to avoid it, you will need not to blow your nose with force.
During the first few days you will also be advised to talk and gesticulate as little as possible. Likewise, it is recommended to avoid eating food that is too hot or that requires excessive chewing.
When washing your face or taking a shower, you should avoid getting the nose area wet. To sleep, your doctor will advise you to do it on your stomach upwards, and not on the side or belly underneath.
If you wear glasses, you will need to wear them very carefully during the first few weeks; in these cases it is better to opt for contact lenses. During the first two or three months after surgery, it is advisable not to sunbathe and avoid direct exposure, even to wind and cold. Smoking is also not recommended during the first two months, as smoking makes healing difficult. Passive smoking should also be avoided.