Rinoplastia, cirugía de la nariz

Frequently Asked Questions about Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) -FAQS

When will I see a definitive result after a Rhinoplasty?

There are many factors that influence, the type of surgery, the patient’s own characteristics, previous interventions, etc. In a general way in 15 to 21 days you can already see some approximate results, but usually is until the third month until the result is more or less definitive. However, the nose may undergo small changes for up to a year.

At what age can I have a Rhinoplasty?

It is not advisable to operate on any patient until they have completed their natural growth process. In girls this is usually given at 14 or 15 years old, in boys it is usually until 18, so in general terms we do not recommend carrying out this type of intervention until after adolescence.

Can nose deviation and shortness of breath be corrected in the same surgery?

Yes, it is very frequent to see patients who breathe badly because they have some degree of septal deviation that affects the correct flow of air inside the nose. Correcting this deviation or obstruction improves appearance and restores respiratory function. That is to say, we correct the aesthetic and functional part.

What type of anesthesia is used in Rhinoplasty?

It depends on the type of repair we have to carry out. If only the tip (cartilage) needs to be corrected, it can be done perfectly with local anesthesia and a little sedation. In cases in which we have to carry out corrections of the setum or osteotomies it is indispensable to carry out it under general anesthesia.

Should I stay in the hospital after a Rhinoplasty?

For the intervention itself does not require internment, but we must differentiate whether we do a simple rhinoplasty (cartilage) or complete (bone + cartilage). In the first case it is ambulatory and in the second case it may be necessary to spend 24 hours of hospitalization, more for the residual effects of anesthesia than for Rhinoplasty as a procedure.

Do I have to wear nasal plugs?

Nasal plugs are not always necessary, only when the nasal septum is modified. If required, they will be removed the day after surgery or if you bleed within 48 hours.

Do I have to wear a cast or splint after a rhinoplasty?

Not all nose interventions require the use of a cast or splint, only in cases of osteotomies must be used for an average of one week, in other cases it is possible to use or not a support splint for one to 5 days, depending on the inflammation.

What exams do I need before performing a Rhinoplasty?

In the case of a simple procedure with local anesthesia only a complete analysis is required, in the case of more complex procedures under sedation or general anesthesia we will add a chest x-ray and an electrocardiogram.

How long does the intervention last and what is it like?

1 or 2 hours approximately. Aesthetic rhinoplasty consists of modifying the shape of the nose through small incisions or openings that are made inside the nose, or at the base of it in such a way that there is no external scar or it is practically imperceptible.

When can I go back to work?

It depends on the surgery and the type of activity you do. In cases that do not involve more physical exercise can return to normal work after 3 days, but it should be noted that for this time there may still be inflammation and some bruising in the area of the nose and eyelids. Usually after 7-10 days there are no stigmas of the intervention and after one month intense physical exercise and sport can be carried out.

Does it hurt much?

There is a legend that rhinoplasty, both simple and complete, is very painful but not true. It doesn’t hurt a bit. Only if you touch her, she’s in pain, but she doesn’t need to take any painkillers.

If I don’t like it, can I rectify it?

Yes, of course I do. It must be to the patient’s liking. But it cannot be touched up until at least 6 months after the previous operation.

Is it always the same form of nose surgery?

Of course you don’t. Many years ago they were made very much the same, but for years you can choose the way you want it to have

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